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While the radio and music industry has seen mass reductions in force, Meruelo Media announced an impactful addition to the staff, as nationally known rock music expert Matt Pinfield joins the brand, as host of “ New & Approved.” Starting on 1/17/21, the show will air each Sunday night from 8pm to 10pm on Southern California’s Rock Station, 95/5 -FM, and be streamed at 955.com and on the and third party apps. The two-hour weekly show will feature a countdown of the Top 10 new Rock songs in the country, selected new “songs to watch,” artist interviews, local band salutes, and historical looks back at what life was like when some of Rock’s greatest songs were new.
Matt Pinfield said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the family to host ‘New & Approved.’ Music discovery has always been my passion. I love sharing and turning real Rock fans onto exciting new music and artists. This is the perfect fit for me – being on the station, I love, with an incredible legacy, in my home town of Los Angeles.”
Program Director, Keith Cunningham commented, “The time is right for this show and Matt is unquestionably the perfect host. After many years in somewhat of a slump, new Rock is turning a corner. 2020 saw many great new releases from Rock’s core artists and some exciting newcomers, and we believe the trend will continue. Just spend some time on social; it is hard not to notice the avalanche of young rockers on the horizon, and ‘ New & Approved’ will be a powerful destination for them to get their music heard.”

About Matt Pinfield
Matt Pinfield is an American music personality, TV host and radio DJ, best known as a video deejay on MTV and VH1. Pinfield also worked as Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Columbia Records.

About Meruelo Media
Meruelo Media, an affiliate of the Meruelo Group, is the largest and fastest growing minority-owned media company in California. Meruelo Media operates Los Angeles television stations KWHY-TV, channel 22; and KBEH, channel 63; and Los Angeles market radio stations 95.5 KLOS; KLOS2, KPWR 105.9 “Power 106;” 93.5 KDAY; Riverside/San Bernardino station 93.5 KDEY-FM; and 93.9 KLLI “CALI 93.9.”

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