Reunited and it Feels so Good:
R Dub! Returns to iHeart Media’s 102.3 The Beat in Austin
Alexander Bofill, staff writer
AUSTIN, Texas: America’s number one weekend show has a new home in Austin, as Sunday Night Slow Jams debuted on iHeart’s KPEZ 102.3 The Beat last Sunday night.
“I was literally crying,” said Tiffany Bustamante, of Austin. “I remembered listening to Sunday Night Slow Jams on 102.3 in middle school and was heartbroken when it went away. But now it’s back and this just made my whole year.”
Sunday Night Slow Jams has plenty of market equity. The show originally debuted in Austin back in 2010 on 102.3 The Beat, before moving across the street to another radio station. Sunday Night Slow Jams host, R Dub!, admits that the show wasn’t easy for people to find after he left The Beat.
“We’ve been hearing from Beat listeners for years, asking what happened to the show,” said R Dub! “I’m so glad to have Sunday Night Slow Jams back on The Beat. The two just go together like Jay and Beyoncé.”
102.3 The Beat Program Director Ryan Kramer agrees.
“I’m happy as hell to have R Dub! on team,” said Kramer. “I have this ‘rhythmic diamond’ that I created. There are four corners to the rhythmic radio puzzle. Urban, Urban/Rhythm crossover, Pop/Rhythm crossover and R&B. The rhythm format seems to have forgotten the R&B aspect of it to be a complete format/station. This show allows me to complete the diamond. Couldn’t have been happier that the show became available.”
“I’m ecstatic that Sunday Night Slow Jams is back on The Beat,” said Val Santos, midday personality for the station. “I’ve been a fan of the show for over a decade and it’s what made me want to get into radio. It’s what our station needed!”
102.3 The Beat marks the 19th radio station in Texas to air Sunday Night Slow Jams, and the 168th radio station in the world to subscribe to the show. R Dub! can be heard on iHeart Radio, Cumulus, Town Square, Alpha and Entercom stations across America and in 14 different countries.
“Slow Jams connects with listeners unlike any other program I’ve heard.” said Dave “Chachi” Denes, president of Benztown Radio Networks, the company that syndicates the program. “Their passion and engagement transcends to incredible ratings.”
“I just want to thank Ryan Kramer, Brian Gann, Val, Angela, Frankie and the whole crew at the Beat for such a warm welcome,” said R Dub! “And all my program directors, in every city. Every radio station and every single listener is just so valuable to me. I am so appreciative and I just want to say thank you.”
You can hear Sunday Night Slow Jams in Austin from 8pm until midnight on 102.3 The Beat. You can listen online HERE.