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
IndustryRadio broadcasting, advertising
HeadquartersRye, New York
OwnerPeter Kosann


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.


  • The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show is a morning drive program hosted by Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, & Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels, along with Producer Joe, and Steve.
  • The Market Score Board Report with Ron Insana debuted nationally on May 11, 2009. It offers daily business reports Monday-Friday at the open and close of the stock market.
  • Countdown to Game Time with Kevin Burkhardt is a 30-minute weekly NFL preview show. The show features a preview of the upcoming weeks top match-ups, player interviews and game analysis.
  • The Schnitt Show is broadcast live weekdays 3-6p.m. ET from WHNZ in Tampa and distributed nationwide to an affiliate lineup of over 22 stations. Schnitt was also the host of the MJ Morning Show, that was broadcast live weekday mornings from flagship station WFLZ-FM in Tampa and heard across a regional network of stations.

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. After Westwood One reformatted its longtime Saturday-night program Country Gold with a new host (first with Randy Owen, now with Terri Clark), Compass hired the show's previous host, Josh "Rowdy Yates" Holstead, to host a continuation of the previous format under the name The Original Country Gold. Compass also owns the rights to The Deep End with Nick Michaels, which was not previously a Westwood One program.

After Dial Global merged with Cumulus Media Networks, Compass picked up additional programs, including the M. G. Kelly syndicated program library (except American Hit List) and the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. Big D and Bubba, previously distributed by Premiere Networks, also was added to the Compass lineup; Compass now offers other country dayparts as well, including a midday show hosted by Carsen and Taste of Country Nights evenings.

Acquisition of Wall Street Journal This Morning

In November 2014, Compass announced the acquisition of The Wall Street Journal This Morning, a morning-drive national news/talk program syndicated by the Wall Street Journal Radio division, which was shut down by WSJ after advertisers blacklisted the network. The program was renamed This Morning: America's First News; Gordon Deal, the program's host since 2005, was retained and the format unchanged save for the title.[4] The first broadcast under the new title was January 2, 2015.


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 Matt "Money" Smith with Dale Hellestrae. Jon Rothstein serve as studio hosts. Other play-by-play announcers include Gregg Daniels and Drew Bontadelli.

All of Compass's 2009 NFL games were broadcast by individual agreement with eight teams, which featured 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 held 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 expanded their coverage to 60 games a season with the new contracts.[5]

As of the 2017 season, Compass, by default, carries all Raiders and Cowboys games as the national broadcast in the Sunday doubleheader. In weeks where neither the Raiders nor the Cowboys play in one of the Sunday afternoon time slots, Compass will pick another game to air nationally. The Sunday doubleheader games are offered to stations a la carte. Compass also offers the Raiders' and Cowboys' prime time games as well, but only to full-time (defined as carrying 12 or more games from each respective team) affiliates, to avoid conflict with the national contract Westwood One has with the league; the Cowboys' Thanksgiving contest is also subject to this restriction.

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.[6]

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 [2].[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] For the 2013 season, Compass acquired rights to select Tampa Bay Rays home games to increase their MLB coverage. Compass has not syndicated MLB games since the 2013 season


  1. ^ "FREE BEER & HOT WINGS Partners With Compass Media Networks". Reuters. 2009-03-05.
  2. ^ "Blog Archive » Peter Kosann steps down as Chief Operating Officer of Connoisseur Media in order to focus full-time on Compass Media Networks". Connoisseur Media. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  3. ^ [1] Archived March 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ All Access. "Compass Media Networks To Continue Gordon Deal's Morning Show After Wall St. Journal Pulls Out". All Access Music Group. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  5. ^ Nox Solutions. "Sports Programming". Compass Media Networks. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  6. ^ Nox Solutions. "Sports Programming". Compass Media Networks. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  7. ^ Nox Solutions. "Compass Media Networks". Compass Media Networks. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  8. ^ Marcucci, Carl (2012-04-25). "Compass Media Networks signs LA Angels".
  9. ^ "Carrino, Quis to call Angels baseball". 2012-05-15. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.

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Dallas Cowboys Radio Network

The Dallas Cowboys Radio Network is an American radio network broadcasting all Dallas Cowboys football games to stations across all of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico during the NFL season. Beginning with the 2009 NFL season, it is the arm of Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) and comprises over 50 stations with KRLD-FM in Dallas being the flagship station. Beginning in the 2011 NFL season, a separate contract will allow the network to be carried nationwide through Compass Media Networks.

Danny White

Wilford Daniel White (born February 9, 1952) is a former quarterback and punter for the Dallas Cowboys and an American football coach in the Arena Football League. He has been the color commentator for Cowboys games on Compass Media Networks' America's Team Radio Network since the 2011 season. He played college football at Arizona State University.

Joe Pags

Joseph John Pagliarulo (born August 1, 1966), better known as Joe Pags, is an American, nationally syndicated, conservative TV/radio talk show host.


KALL, "ESPN 700", is an all-sports radio station in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. The station is owned by Dell Loy Hansen's Broadway Media. The station's studios are located in Downtown Salt Lake City and its transmitter site is located in Legacy Nature Preserve west of Bountiful. Their sister station KOVO is also an ESPN Radio affiliate.

Program highlights include live play-by-play of University of Utah football and basketball and Real Salt Lake soccer, Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, the daily local show "The Bill & OC Show" and "Dan Patrick". KALL also was one of the first stations to pick up the new Compass Media Networks NFL package.


KCSJ (590 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Pueblo, Colorado, and serving Southern Colorado. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and licensed as Capstar TX LLC. It airs a talk radio format. The studios and offices are on West 24th Street in Pueblo and the transmitter is off Quartz Street in Pueblo West, Colorado. KCSJ broadcasts at 1000 watts around the clock, using a directional antenna.KCSJ carries mostly nationally syndicated programs from co-owned Premiere Networks. They include Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Meghan McCain and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal from Compass Media Networks airs early on weekday mornings. Former FEMA official Michael Brown is heard on weekday afternoons from fellow iHeart station 630 KHOW Denver. Most hours begin with Fox News Radio.


KFAR is a commercial radio station programming news/talk in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States, broadcasting on 660 AM. Founded in 1939 by industrialist Austin E. Lathrop, KFAR is the oldest radio station in Fairbanks and one of the oldest in Alaska. KFAR airs Fox News Radio throughout the day and carries national radio programs through Compass Media Networks, Genesis Communications Network, Premiere Networks and Westwood One, among others. The station previously held longtime affiliations with the ABC Radio Network, Mutual Broadcasting System and the previous incarnation of Westwood One.

Since adopting the news/talk format during the 1980s, KFAR has had a long-standing commitment to airing locally produced talk radio programming; the station turned down The Rush Limbaugh Show when it was originally offered in favor of local programming. KFAR is currently the only news/talk station in Fairbanks to produce local call-in talk shows. Their primary competitor, KFBX, airs locally produced news and public affairs programming (on weekday morning drive and midday, and on Sunday morning, respectively), but no local talk shows. To drive home this distinction, KFAR makes heavy use of the slogan Local Talk Radio. Problem Corner (which has aired on the station since 1961), patriots lament show and The Michael Dukes Show comprise a total of 4 hours of airtime each weekday. KFAR has also aired a succession of local talk shows on Saturday mornings.


KTKZ (1380 AM, "The Answer") is a conservative talk radio station based in Sacramento, California, United States. It is one of four Sacramento-area radio stations owned by the Salem Media Group. It operates at 5,000 watts with separate daytime and nighttime transmitter sites.

Most of the programs heard weekdays on KTKZ are nationally syndicated hosts from the Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett. KTKZ also carries Lars Larson from Compass Media Networks and John Gibson from the Fox News Talk service. KTKZ features local host Phil Cowan weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Weekends feature programs on law, aging, finance and Brokered programming.

On May 15, 2013, KTKZ was re-branded as "AM 1380 The Answer".

Kevin Burkhardt

Kevin Burkhardt (born March 2, 1974) is an American sportscaster. Currently one of the play-by-play voices for Fox NFL and formerly a reporter with SportsNet New York (SNY), Burkhardt was the field reporter during New York Mets telecasts from 2007 to 2014. He also called select Mets games during both spring training and the regular season during that time. He has been the primary studio host for Major League Baseball (MLB) telecasts on Fox and Fox Sports 1 since the 2015 season.

Lars Larson

Lars Kristopher Larson (born March 6, 1959) is an American conservative talk radio show host based in Portland, Oregon. Larson worked in television and radio news from the 1970s to 1990s and has hosted The Lars Larson Show from flagship station KXL in Portland since 1997. Two versions of the show exist: the Northwest show airs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific) and discussing Pacific Northwest issues. The Northwest show is syndicated on the Radio Northwest Network which is owned and operated by Alpha Media. The nationally syndicated program airs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Pacific) and discusses national issues. The national show is syndicated by Compass Media Networks.

List of Oakland Raiders broadcasters

Raider games are broadcast in English on 16 radio stations in California, including flagship station KCBS-AM (740 AM) and 95.7 The Game (95.7 FM) in San Francisco. Additionally, games are broadcast on 20 radio stations in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Colorado, Arkansas, and New York. Brent Musburger is the play-by-play announcer, with former Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedy doing commentary. George Atkinson and Jim Plunkett offer pre- and post-game commentary. Compass Media Networks is responsible for producing and distributing Raiders radio broadcasts.

Until 2009, the flagship was KSFO (560 AM) in San Francisco with a network of thirty radio stations in Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, and British Columbia.

Bill King, the Voice of the Raiders called the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1966 to 1994. He called approximately 600 games. The Raiders awarded him all three rings. King left after the 1992 season. It's Bill's radio audio heard on most of the NFL Films highlight footage of the Raiders. King's color men in Oakland included former San Francisco 49ers tight end Monty Stickles and Scotty Stirling, a sports writer for the Oakland Tribune. Many of the years, KGO 810 did promos as Raider Radio - 81. King's call of the Holy Roller has been labeled (by Chris Berman, among others) as one of 5 best in NFL history. King died in October 2005 from complications after surgery. Scotty Stirling, an Oakland Tribune sportswriter served as the "color man" with King. The Raider games were called on radio from 1960–62 by Bud (Wilson Keene) Foster and Mel Venter; from 1963–65 by Bob Blum and Dan Galvin.

Until their dismissal prior to the 2018 season, Greg Papa was the voice of the Raiders with former Raiders quarterback and head coach Tom Flores doing commentary from 1997 until 2017.

List of Texas Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Texas Bowl throughout the years. In 2011 and 2012, the game was called the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Major League Baseball on Compass Media Networks

Major League Baseball on Compass Media Networks was a weekly presentation of Major League Baseball games (specifically, Saturday games involving the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) on the Compass Media radio network. For the 2013 season, Compass acquired rights to select Tampa Bay Rays home games to increase their MLB coverage.

Norman Goldman

Norman Maurice Goldman (born March 17, 1959) is an American attorney and a political talk radio host.

Goldman first broadcast nationally as a fill-in host for The Ed Schultz Show in 2006, as well as creating colorful segments as the show's Senior Legal Analyst. He began hosting his own radio show in 2009, syndicated by Compass Media Networks.

T. J. Rives

T.J. Rives is a radio sportscaster in the Tampa Bay area. He is employed by Compass Media Networks, Fox Sports Radio, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network and has been with the Sirius XM Radio.

The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show

The Free Beer and Hot Wings pud' is a syndicated talk radio show based at WGRD in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The show is hosted by Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, Chris "Hot Wings" Michels, Joe "Van Life" Gassmann, Producer Steve, and Kelly Cheese. The show is syndicated throughout America, and is distributed by Compass Media Networks.

The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show has also guest hosted The Dan Patrick Show on multiple occasions.

This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal

This Morning: America's First News (formerly The Wall Street Journal This Morning) is a two-hour radio news/talk program hosted by Gordon Deal and Jennifer Kushinka, who replaced long-serving co-host Gina Cervetti on January 2, 2015. In addition to national and world headlines, the program covers a broad range of topics such as business, finance, lifestyle, careers, technology, and more. This Morning is broadcast on over 250 radio stations across the United States, often throughout early-morning drive time, and is also repackaged into a podcast. Deal began hosting the program in November 2005. Until January 2015, the program was produced by the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, which the Wall Street Journal shut down on December 31, 2014 due to corporate cutbacks.

In advance of the shutdown, the program was acquired by Compass Media Networks, who took over syndication and production. (Gina Cervetti, along with several other Wall Street Journal Radio staffers, were hired by Bloomberg Radio). The first broadcast under the new title was January 2, 2015; the show on January 1, 2015 carried the old title and hosts despite The Wall Street Journal Radio Network no longer existing and the show being distributed by Compass Media Networks on this day.


WJET (1400 AM) is a news talk radio station broadcasting in Erie, Pennsylvania. It used to be known as WLKK.

WJET primarily runs a schedule of syndicated talk offerings, with the exception of morning drive time. Erie Talk in the Morning is hosted by Barry Dain Steinhagen and Jim LeCorchick. The station follows with the Premiere Networks lineup of the Glenn Beck Program, The Sean Hannity Show, The Buck Sexton Show and Coast to Coast AM, plus Compass Media Networks' The Joe Pags Show. The Rush Limbaugh Show was dropped in December 2008 after Premiere Radio Networks demanded higher rights fees; as of 2019, Limbaugh is back on the station's schedule.

On March 27, 2019, Connoisseur Media announced that it would transfer WJET along with its sister stations to iHeartMedia (Premiere Networks' parent company) in exchange for WFRE and WFMD in the Frederick, Maryland market from the Aloha Station Trust.The sale closed on May 21, 2019.


WXCM (97.1 FM, "97X") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Whitesville, Kentucky. The station is owned and operated by Hancock Communications, Inc., doing business as the Cromwell Radio Group.

WXCM broadcasts a Active Rock music format to the greater Owensboro, Kentucky, area. On January 4, 2010, the station began broadcasting the syndicated morning show "The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show" distributed by Compass Media Networks, but that show has since been discontinued due to low ratings.

The station was assigned the "WXCM" call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on June 9, 1997.

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