Amazing Experiences Featured on “The Guest List”

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Vice President and Group Leader

CBS Radio has unveiled “The Guest List,” a new program presented by MasterCard’s “Priceless Cities” campaign. Featuring interviews with top celebrities and profiles of local hotspots in cities around the country, the Guest List is chock full of insider tips and recommendations.

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For many consumers today, experiences have more value than objects. Physical goods have a way of fading from memory while experiences linger. With that in mind, CBS Radio is telling stories of incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences that money can’t buy.

In the first episode, viewers are brought to Miami’s oldest bar, shown a VIP experience at the B96 Summer Bash and treated to an interview with Tyrese Gibson about his latest album.

While many incentive programs emphasize free or discounted goods, The Guest List showcases something that is, for lack of a better word, priceless. Experiences, research finds, stay with us for life. Material items usually don’t.

As Harvard Professor Michael Norton notes:

When we ask people to list all of their expenses in a given month, and then categorize them, it is always striking how much of their budget goes toward buying what we call—using the scientific term—stuff. Gadgets, music, books, lattes, and so on. As it turns out, buying stuff is not bad for our happiness—buying coffees and cars and even houses don’t make us unhappy—but stuff also doesn’t make us any happier. Buying experiences, in comparison, does seem to create more happiness for every dollar spent.

That’s what’s most effective about this initiative. There is no better way to stay in consumers’ minds than to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And the “Guest List” is underpinned by a simple message: there are amazing real world experiences to be had in cities everywhere.

So far there have been 8 episodes of The Guest List. Check them out here.

CBS Radio Guest List Episode 1

In Episode 1 of the Guest List checkout Miami’s hotspot and oldest bar, Tobacco Road, highlights from the VIP experience for a few lucky guests at the B96 Summer Bash, Tyrese Gibson gives an update on his latest album, Hunter Haye’s favorite New York City, SoHo & Jason Aldean reminiscences on hearing himself on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 2

In Episode 2 of the Guest List checkout New York’s Third Floor Café in Korea Town, an interview with Far East Movement’s on their love for collaborating with other music artists, Cody Simpson’s love for Miami’s beaches & cafes, & The Band Perry’s experience on hearing themselves on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 3

In Episode 3 of the Guest List checkout Miami’s hotspot The Vagabond, interviews with top-selling artist Robin Thicke, Mayer Hawthorne’s favorite burger joint in LA, & Gloriana’s experience on hearing themselves on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 4

In Episode 4 of the Guest List checkout LA’s hotspot The Edison, interviews with music artist Ace Hood’s mentor & music inspiration, Jack Johnson’s favorite place in New York City, & Imagine Dragon’s experience on hearing themselves on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 5

In Episode 5 of the Guest List checkout LA’s hotspot House of Blues, interviews with top-selling artist Robin Thicke, Mayer Hawthorne’s favorite burger joint in LA, & Gloriana’s experience on hearing themselves on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 6

In Episode 6 of the Guest List checkout Chicago’s hotspot Joe’s Bar, interviews with best-selling artist LL Cool J, Jason Derulo’s favorite spots in Miami, & Sheryl Crow’s experience on hearing herself on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 7

In Episode 7 of the Guest List checkout New York City’s hotspot Fat Cat, interviews with Zedd on his experience during the B96 Summer Tour, Sara Bareilles’ favorite spot in Hollywood, & James Blunt’s experience on hearing himself on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.


CBS Radio Guest List Episode 8

In Episode 8 of the Guest List checkout Chicago’s hotspot The Hideout, interviews with pop-rock band Hanson, Davey Havok’s favorite theatre to watch movies in LA, & The Pixies experience on hearing themselves on the radio for the first time, as well as the latest music social media trends.