In a sign that the demand for syndicated weekend radio programs is strong, Compass Media Networks has turned to Townsquare Media in initiating the launch of six new offerings that are available now for new and current affiliates.
The six programs are weekend versions of weeknight programs produced by Townsquare that are already represented by Compass and air on a total of 381 affiliates across the U.S. — PopCrush Nights (with Hot AC and Top 40 format versions); Loudwire Nights; Ultimate Classic Rock; XXL Higher Level Radio; and Taste of Country Nights.
Each weekend show will have two five-hour episodes, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
The Top 40/CHR version of PopCrush Weekends will feature the PopCrush Top 25 Countdown to kick off the show, voted on by listeners using the PopCrush mobile app. The countdown is hosted by SiriusXM air personality and iHeartMedia podcaster Donny Meacham. He’s also know as a “dating expert.” On Saturday nights, the show shifts into the “Three Hour Hit Mix from DJ Digital,” host of the Morning Buzz on “Hot 107.9” in Lafayette, La., and an official DJ of the New Orleans Saints. The countdown repeats on Sundays.
The Hot AC version of PopCrush Weekends features Nashville personality Lauryn Snapp, formerly of “CMT Radio Live” and “After Midnite with Cody Alan.”
XXL Higher Level Weekends brings XXL Magazine’s influence in Hip-Hop to the airwaves as weeknight showrunner Joey Ech takes the mic. Taste of Country Weekends is hosted by Jess Rowe, while Ultimate Classic Rock Weekends is helmed by Matt Wardlaw; Loudwire Weekends is hosted by Todd Fooks.