NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 – CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One and Imperative Entertainment today premieres TRUE, a weekly podcast that features often weird, but always true stories of strange events and unforgettable moments. Each episode explores unusual, obscure, sometimes funny, sometimes creepy stories. Stories that are so bizarre that you won’t believe that they’re real… but they are because they’re TRUE. The podcast series debuts today on all major podcast platforms. Westwood One partners with Imperative Entertainment to distribute, market, and monetize all their existing and forthcoming podcasts.

New episodes include topics such as:

  • ‘Balloon Boy’ – In October 2009, the Heene family claimed their six-year-old son was trapped in a homemade helium-filled gas balloon shaped to resemble a flying saucer.
  • ‘Pigeon King’ – The story of how Arlan Galbraith used pigeons to scam millions of dollars from small-town farmers, mostly Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites, across Canada and the US.
  • ‘Real-life Superheroes’ – Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. Spider-Man. The Avengers. The Fantastic Four. When we think of superheroes, these are usually our ‘go-to’ figures from popular culture. In recent years, a unique cohort of concerned citizens from around the world has drawn inspiration from the big screen and comics alike.

Erik Krosby is the creator, host, and producer of the series and Jason Hoch, President of Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division, is an Executive Producer.

TRUE marks the seventh series from Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division. Podcast series include In the Red Clay, The Syndicate, American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally, The Baron of Botox, Boomtown, and Gangster House.

About Imperative Entertainment

Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative entertainment studio in Santa Monica, CA. With a keen eye for bold and powerful storytelling that captivates and excites audiences, Imperative Entertainment develops, produces, and finances original and branded entertainment with a focus on film, television, documentaries, and podcasts. The company is behind projects such as Clint Eastwood film The Mule, Academy Award(R) nominated All the Money in the World, and the Academy Award(R) nominated and 2017 Palme d’Or (R) winning film The Square by Ruben Ostlund. Imperative Entertainment is currently in production on Ostlund’s follow-up Triangle of Sadness and is also producing Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

About Westwood One

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to over 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, and Westwood One Backstage. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.


Karen Glover | Westwood One | KGlover@westwoodone.com