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Compass Media Networks

Compass Media Networks is an American radio network. The company launched in January 2009. [1] It is owned by former Westwood One CEO and former COO [2] of Connoisseur Media, Peter Kosann. The company focuses on radio and offers representation and marketing services for national radio.[3]


Compass Media Networks debuted in January 2009 with the mission of providing outstanding representation and marketing services to the best brands and programs in national radio.


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Acquisition of Westwood One programs

After Westwood One was bought out by Dial Global, Compass picked up several of Westwood One's former weekend music programs. Among those were The Beatle Years with Bob Malik, Out of Order with Jed the Fish, and Off the Record with Uncle Joe Benson. Compass also owns the rights to The Deep End with Nick Michaels, which was not previously a Westwood One program.

National Football League coverage

Compass, in conjunction with Dial Global, began offering a slate of Sunday afternoon games from the National Football League beginning in the 2009 NFL season. These broadcasts competed with the NFL on Westwood One and the Sports USA Radio Network. Compass's broadcast pairings feature Chris Carrino with Brian Baldinger and Kevin Burkhardt with Curtis Conway. Jon Rothstein serve as studio hosts. Other play-by-play announcers include Gregg Daniels, Matt "Money" Smith, and Drew Bontadelli.

All of Compass's 2009 NFL games were broadcast by individual agreement with eight teams, which will feature in all of Compass's games: the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders (with whom Compass also manages local broadcast rights as of 2010), Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Redskins. The Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals were added to the agreement in 2010. For 2011 Compass Media acquired the rights to all pre-season and regular season Dallas Cowboys games and will be able to broadcast them nationally on alongside the Raiders broadcasts. The coverage also allows them to seek for affiliates who want the Cowboys outside of the covered Dallas Cowboys Radio Network. An additional four teams added their names to Compass's NFL coverage for the 2011 season- the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks. By virtue of the teams involved in the two international games, Compass Media Networks holds exclusive national broadcast rights to both the NFL International Series and Bills Toronto Series games in 2011. When all was said and done, Compass Media was to expand their coverage to 60 games a season with the new contracts.[4]

NCAA football and basketball coverage

Dial Global and Compass announced they would offer a slate of NCAA football games beginning in the 2009 season, competing with ESPN Radio, Sports USA Radio Network, Dial Global, Nevada Sports Network, and Touchdown Radio Productions. No specific conference affiliation was announced, and the schedule featured games with teams from the Pac-12 Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big East Conference, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, and the Southeastern Conference. In December 2009, Compass Media announced they had gained the national radio broadcasting rights for the Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl rights lasted only one season as ESPN Radio took over the rights in 2010. By 2012, Compass Media was only broadcasting games from the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC conferences.

In July 2009, Compass Media announced they would expand their sports coverage to include NCAA basketball, competing with Westwood One. While Compass can't gain rights to any NCAA Tournament games, they announced that they signed a contract with the Big Ten Conference to be the exclusive radio provider of the first and second rounds of the Big Ten Tournament in 2010 and all tournament games beginning in 2011.[5]

In 2011, Compass Media Sports increased their coverage of the Big 10 conference by inking a multi-year deal to broadcast the Big 10 Championship game, meaning the Big 10 Basketball Tournament and Big 10 Championship game will be on the same radio affiliates nationwide and at

Major League baseball coverage

In April 2012, Compass announced an agreement with Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to air 25 games out-of-market throughout the team's 2012 season.[7] Chris Carrino and Steve Quis were named as play-by-play announcers for the broadcasts, with Steve Phillips and Darryl Hamilton to serve as analysts.[8] For the 2013 season, Compass acquired rights to select Tampa Bay Rays home games to increase their MLB coverage.

External links

  • Compass Media Networks website
  • Regent Communications website
  • The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show website
  • Compass Media Networks - Fang's Bites


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