Horizon Media Pilots First-Ever Live Programmatic Radio Activation for GEICO on Expressway from Katz, Radio’s Industry-Wide Programmatic Buying Exchange

In Pilot Test, GEICO Spots Placed on Entercom Radio Stations To Air This Week

New York, N.Y. – September 17, 2015 – Katz Radio Group, the largest radio representation company America representing more than 3,000 radio stations as their exclusive agent for National Spot Inventory, in partnership with GEICO and Horizon Media, announced today the first-ever live programmatic transaction for spot radio, in a pilot test utilizing its new advertising exchange, Expressway from Katz. The activation is airing on multiple Entercom Radio stations, across various markets this week.

Expressway from Katz, an agnostic programmatic buying exchange designed to include all radio broadcasters, is being developed by Katz Radio Group to make radio even more attractive and easier to buy, allowing advertisers and agencies to achieve improved ROI through better audience segmentation and consumer targeting; transparency of campaign delivery through real time monitoring; and improved efficiency.

“An industry-wide programmatic buying solution in audio allows us to better identify the most effective, targeted and efficient audio environments, enabling marketers to create a richer and more engaging connection with consumers,” said Ted Ward, VP of Marketing, GEICO. “This platform will give us better visibility into what programs, stations and day-parts have the best opportunity for increased engagement to further reinforce the value of audio as a key driver in our marketing mix.”

“A programmatic buying solution in the audio industry gives the agency and advertiser more viewability in real time on key data sets and streamlines the negotiation process,” said Lauren Russo, SVP, Managing Director, Audio & Promotions at Horizon Media. “The ability to track in real time provides greater accountability and the opportunity to not only optimize, but more importantly to prove and reinforce the ROI associated with investments in audio.”

“With more and more dollars being shifted to programmatic buying, it was crucial for our industry to evolve our capabilities to allow for the inclusion of radio in this rapidly growing segment of the advertising industry,” said Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group. “Radio has a phenomenal opportunity to drive new, substantial revenue to our sector by creating the media world’s first industry-wide programmatic buying exchange. Katz, with its incredible footprint across the country, is uniquely positioned to deliver the industry-wide programmatic solution. Through programmatic, radio can provide new tools to advertisers to buy more effectively and achieve improved ROI – a huge win for advertisers, agencies and the radio industry.”

Expressway from Katz will allow an advertiser’s campaign to be delivered and monitored with the utmost transparency. The exchange will provide real-time reporting that shows an up-to-the-minute status of the buy (including creative execution used; number of spots run; number of impressions delivered, etc), allowing advertisers to follow, adjust and enhance their campaigns.

“Programmatic buying for radio is not about rates or pricing; it’s about providing the most desirable targeted inventory that leads to a better ROI.  Katz’s programmatic exchange will streamline the buying process with data insights on the quality of inventory, which in turn will allow clients to get more from their budgets, and focus on more return on every dollar spent,” said Mark Gray, President of Katz Radio Group.  “Programmatic also has the ability to make a largely labor intensive process far less manual. Instead of spending time on repetitive steps, the technology will alleviate administrative burdens, allowing sellers to focus more on creative solutions and increasing ROI for advertisers.”

Horizon Media and Katz have placed the programmatic buy and will monitor the delivery and performance of the campaign through a cloud-based platform powered by Jelli. To build its exchange, Katz partnered with Jelli, an already established player in the programmatic space. Jelli operates a modern, cloud-based ad delivery technology solution that will be integrated across all stations, allowing advertisers and agencies to buy spot radio, market-by-market, as they do today.

“Katz is creating an agnostic exchange that can run equally well across virtually all platforms – a truly comprehensive, industry-wide solution,” said Mike Dougherty, CEO of Jelli.  “We are developing the Expressway from Katz exchange to be responsive to all agencies and advertisers buying and planning software, making inventory available any way they want to buy. It is also designed to intelligently select the best available inventory based on the buyers’ specifications.”

Entercom Radio, one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, is providing inventory for the live pilot transaction in both the Boston and Buffalo markets.

“This live programmatic transaction is an innovative milestone for the radio industry,” said John Graefe, CIO of Entercom Communications Corp.  “Radio has always provided unmatched value, and using technology, we can streamline and simplify the buying process to bring the speed, ease and precision of programmatic buying to our advertising partners, matching or exceeding the capabilities of any other media sector.”

STRATA, the leading media buying and selling software provider, has built connections for Expressway from Katz to integrate with its buying systems. This seamless integration provides STRATA clients, such as Horizon Media, with the most efficient buying process available.

“This programmatic initiative is another example of STRATA’s long history of innovation and progress with our clients, Katz Media Group and Horizon Media,” said Joy Baer, STRATA President. “The Expressway from Katz integration enables huge efficiencies for terrestrial radio buying and allows buyers to execute programmatic buys easily in the context of their overall audio budgets. We are thrilled to be a part of this ground breaking initiative in audio.”

Expressway from Katz is scheduled to launch in early 2016.

About Katz Radio Group

With 240 million weekly listeners across the country, Katz Radio Group has the largest reach of any radio representation company in America. Representing more than 3,000 radio stations and thousands of digital platforms, Katz Radio Group is the leading authority on integrated radio campaigns, serving every major city across the United States and Canada. Katz Radio Group’s seven sales divisions include Christal Radio; Eastman Radio; Univision Radio; CBS Radio; Entercom Radio; Westwood One National Sales and Katz Digital. For more information, please visit www.katzradiogroup.com.

About Horizon Media

Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world’s ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry’s leading trade association.

The company’s mission is “To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere.” By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $5.3 billion and over 1,200 employees.

About Jelli Inc.

Jelli is the largest technology platform for the $40 billion global audio advertising market. Our mission is to create the easiest and fastest way to buy and run audio advertising. We’ve developed a cloud platform that transforms audio advertising, enabling advertisers and publishers to buy and sell audio advertising programmatically through a suite of demand-side and supply-side services. Jelli’s patented platform is used by some of the largest broadcasters and advertisers in the audio marketplace, reaching hundreds of millions of people monthly and serving billions of audio ads. Launched in 2009, we are based in San Mateo, California.


STRATA is the only system provider that connects both media buyers and sellers. The custom solutions supplied by STRATA empower clients to sell and efficiently purchase all media types including cable, broadcast, newspaper, radio, outdoor and digital advertising mediums. On average, over $50 Billion in advertising dollars flow through STRATA systems per year. As the system of choice for over 1,000 agencies nationally, STRATA provides media technology that enables organizations to lead rather than react to industry developments. By transforming the way advertisements are placed and tracked, STRATA adds a new level of transparency to campaigns that is necessary in the ever-evolving media world.


For media inquiries:

Jennifer Savage
Katz Media Group
(415) 351-5145

Thursday, September 17, 2015