On the heels of the recent extension of its syndication pact with Townsquare Media, Compass Media Networks is rolling out weekend versions of six of its syndicated Townsquare-produced weeknight shows, offering stations five hours of each show for both Saturdays and Sundays. The shows cover six radio formats, with CHR and hot AC versions of “PopCrush Weekends,” “Taste Of Country Weekends,” “Ultimate Classic Rock,” “Loudwire Weekends for active/mainstream rock stations and “XXL Higher Level Weekends” for R&B/hip-hop.
The six programs currently air weeknights on 381 stations and, according to Compass, reach more than 50 million unique monthly visitors on their websites with more than 40 million fans and followers on social media. The weekend shows will be fully interactive via each brand’s mobile app, enabling listeners to chat with hosts, make requests and upload audio to be incorporated into the shows.
“We are tremendously proud of our format-leading [multimedia] music brands, which influence millions of passionate music fans every day on multiple platforms online and on-air,” Townsquare Media Chief Content Officer Jared Willig says. “We are also very grateful for our ongoing partnership with Compass Media Networks, which now extends our already popular syndicated radio shows onto the weekends.” Compass Senior VP of Affiliate Sales Adam Wilbur adds, “Our ability to deliver quality, reliable weekend programming along with some of the most well-known online brands for music fans in these formats should give radio station listeners and programmers a chance to settle in and enjoy the community we are building.”
Former SiriusXM personality Donny Meacham hosts “PopCrush Weekends'” CHR version while Lauryn Sapp, formerly of “CMT Radio Live,” is on the mic for its hot AC rendering. Ultimate Classic Rock's website editor and rock radio veteran Matt Wardlaw hosts its weekend version, while “XXL Higher Level Weekends” is handled by weeknight showrunner Joey Ech. Weekend versions of “Taste Of Country Nights” and “Loudwire Nights” are hosted by radio veterans Jess Rowe and Todd Fooks, respectively.