Ben Maller hosts the four-hour Fox Sports Radio show each overnight. He’s now adding a fifth hour, in the form of a podcast. The iHeartPodcast Network is launching The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller as a tandem to his radio show. The podcast will focus heavily on football and betting topics, give listeners a peak behind the curtain of his nightly radio show and feature interviews from guests that have proven to be the most popular with listeners.
“Hosting a radio show four hours a night, Monday through Friday, still isn’t enough time to cover all the sports topics that listeners want to hear, so I’m excited to add this ‘fifth hour’ that we’ve been promising for years – and this time, it’s not a joke!” said Maller in a statement.
The first episode of The Fifth Hour was released Friday, Sept. 6 with future episodes to be released on Fridays.
Maller will continue to host his nationally syndicated radio show, which airs weekdays from 2-6am ET on nearly 370 stations nationwide. Premiere Networks, which syndicates Fox Sports Radio, says Maller’s show posted a 28.8% increase in its Men 25-54 audience during the past year and a 25% increase among Adults 25-54, based on Nielsen data.
Maller joined Fox Sports Radio a month after the network debuted in 2000, serving as an update anchor and weekend talk show host until the launch of his overnight show in 2014. He previously worked at “XTRA Sports 1150” KXTA Los Angeles, where he co-hosted the midday show and anchored the post-game show for the station’s L.A. Dodgers play-by-play coverage. Prior to that, Maller served as an international correspondent for New Zealand’s Premier Sports Station, Radio Sport, and worked as a television sports pundit at NBC Sports Network. He began his career as a reporter for “XTRA Sports 690” XETRA San Diego/Tijuana.