Compound Media

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Compound Media
File:Compound Media logo.png
First air date 4 August 2014; 5 years ago (2014-08-04)
Format Audio and video podcast
Language(s) English
Owner Anthony Cumia
Website www.compoundmedia.com

Compound Media (formerly The Anthony Cumia Network) is a subscription-based on-demand streaming media platform that broadcasts live American audio and video podcasts. It launched on August 4, 2014 by its founder, radio personality and broadcaster Anthony Cumia, who began hosting The Anthony Cumia Show on the network after his firing from SiriusXM. Since its launch, the network has grown to host additional shows, including those hosted by Pat Dixon, Dave McDonald, and Gavin McInnes. In 2016, the network relaunched as Compound Media.

History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Anthony Cumia, the network's founder

On July 3, 2014, radio personality Anthony Cumia was fired by the satellite radio provider SiriusXM after he posted a series of tweets that the company described as "racially-charged and hate-filled" following his alleged off air incident with a black woman. Cumia tweeted that he was punched by the woman as he took pictures of Times Square in New York City.[1] At the time of his firing, Cumia gave his blessing for his radio co-hosts, Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton of Opie and Anthony, to continue broadcasting without him, acknowledging the pair's obligation to fulfil their contracts.[2][3] Hughes and Norton began their new show, Opie with Jim Norton, on July 14 before the channel was renamed from The Opie and Anthony Channel to SiriusXM Talk.[4]

On July 8, 2014, Cumia announced the launch of his new audio and video podcast The Anthony Cumia Show on his new on-demand streaming media platform The Anthony Cumia Network, with subscribers paying monthly or annual fees to access its uncensored content.[5][2] Cumia had occasionally broadcast live video streams from his custom built basement studio at his Roslyn Heights, New York home on UStream named Live From the Compound from 2012 to 2014, initially as a hobby and were casual in nature. A fan of technology and broadcasting, Cumia spent approximately four to five years building the studio knowing some day he would use it on a full time basis. He educated himself on the necessary equipment, and bought a NewTek TriCaster to create "virtual sets" with the aid of a green screen.[3] In the wake of his firing, Cumia "was able to just get servers and be able to feed that show out to the public without having to start from scratch", allowing him to launch the network in a matter of weeks.[3]

Launch and developments[edit | edit source]

The Anthony Cumia Network launched to coincide with the start of The Anthony Cumia Show on the network, on August 4, 2014.[6][2] During the opening months some shows aired from Cumia's basement studio, by his home bar, or in his garden, which he said "had an old Hugh Hefner feel to it by the pool", by using wired connections.[3] Four months after its launch, Cumia expressed some difficulty in securing guests other than his friends and comedians as the network was based at his home, and had started plans of obtaining studio space to broadcast in New York City.[3] In November 2014, Cumia revealed the network had over 40,000 paid subscribers.[3]

On December 30, 2014, the network aired three shows that were tested as potential shows to be added to the network: Jokeland hosted by Jackie Martling, Black from the Compound hosted by Mike Brown and Brandon Collins, and The Bobo Show hosted by Daniel Kurlan.[7] Black from the Compound aired for a second time following The Anthony Cumia Show on March 11, 2015.[8] In May 2015, Cumia announced the growth of the network with the addition of Legion of Skanks, its first new show hosted by comedians Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith, and Luis J. Gomez. Their show aired on the network from June 2015 to May 2016.[9] On May 2, 2016, Brown and Collins filled in for Cumia.[10] The network began to expand following the full time addition of The Legion of Skanks and The Gavin McInnes Show to its line-up.

In May 2016, the network relaunched as Compound Media.[11]

On August 21, 2017, Cumia announced the addition of comedian and actor Artie Lange as the co-host of his show, The Artie and Anthony Show. The show will air on Monday to Thursday, from 4–6 p.m., from September 5, 2017.[12]

On August 22, 2017, after a "Red Bar Radio" fan leaked the announcement during an "In Hot Water" phone call,[13] Cumia announced the departure of The Gavin Mcinnes Show from Compound Media.[14]

On October 2, 2017, Mornin'! with Bill Schulz launched as the network's new morning show.

Programming[edit | edit source]

Current shows[edit | edit source]

As of October 2017, the network broadcasts the following:

Day(s) Time (EST) Show Notes
Monday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Mornin'! with Bill Schulz Hosted by Bill Schulz. Launched on October 2, 2017.
Monday 2:00–3:30 p.m. Burning Bridges Hosted by Kevin Brennan
Monday–Thursday 4:00–6:00 p.m. The Artie and Anthony Show Hosted by Artie Lange and Anthony Cumia. Launched on September 5, 2017.
Monday 2:00–3:30 p.m. Crime Report with Pat Dixon Hosted by Pat Dixon.[15] On October 27, the show premiered in a weekly time slot, Tuesday at 7pm.[16]
Tuesday 2:00–3:00 p.m. In Hot Water Hosted by Geno Bisconte and Aaron Berg. Launched on June 2, 2016.[11][17]
Tuesday 7:00–8:30 p.m. The East Side Dave Show Hosted by East Side Dave. Launched in January 2016.[18]
Wednesday 2:30–3:30 p.m. "YOUR WELCOME" Hosted by Michael Malice. Launched on June 7, 2017.
Thursday 1:00–2:00 p.m. Safe Space Hosted by Taleeb Starkes. Launched on October 27, 2016.

Former shows[edit | edit source]

  • The Anthony Cumia Show
  • Legion of Skanks – On March 10, 2015, the Legion of Skanks (Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith, Luis J. Gomez) hosted a podcast after The Anthony Cumia Show. Starting in June 2015 subscribers also gained access to the Legion of Skanks, making them the first podcast to join The Anthony Cumia Network full-time.[9] The network also ran the comedy roast of Oakerson.[19] The show aired on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9pm. The show announced on May 16, 2016, that it would be leaving the network May 31.[11]
  • The Finer Things with Mike Finoia – On February 18, 2016, following The Anthony Cumia Show, Mike Finoia had a pilot show, for a new show called The Finer Things.[20] Beginning March 4, The Finer Things debuted, airing weekly, Fridays at 4pm. As of August 1, 2016, Finer Things is no longer on the Compound Media schedule.[21]
  • Red Bar Radio – Red Bar Radio, hosted by Mike David, first aired on Compound Media on November 2, 2016. The show then aired every Friday at 4pm for eleven weeks, until creative differences led David to announce via Twitter on January 17, 2017 that he had decided to take his show off the network.[22]
  • The Gavin McInnes Show – Hosted by Gavin McInnes, the show launched on June 15, 2015 and aired on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30pm.[23] In November 2015 his show moved to Monday through Thursday at 10:30am, and on August 22, 2017 it was announced that The Gavin Mcinnes Show would be leaving the network. [24]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Todd Leopold, Opie & Anthony's' Anthony Cumia fired over tweets CNN, July 4, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Anthony Cumia confirms he'll launch new Internet-based show from his home after SiriusXM firing. New York Daily News. Retrieved on July 9, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Dreier, Troy (1 November 2014). "Online with No Bosses and No Rules: It's the Anthony Cumia Show". Streaming Media. Retrieved 23 August 2017 – via Highbeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. 'Opie & Anthony' Co-Host: 'I Absolutely Do Not Believe That Anthony Should've Been Fired'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 14, 2014.
  5. Unknown. "» Compound Media – About Us". Compound Media. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  6. Unknown. "» Compound Media – About Us". Compound Media. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  7. "TACS 085 - Guest Host Show - Compound Media". 
  8. "TACS 125 with Ron Bennington, Lionel and Matt Iseman - Compound Media". 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "The Anthony Cumia Show is Now The Anthony Cumia Network: First New Show Announced - The Interrobang". 26 May 2015. 
  10. "Anthony Cumia Headed to Rehab - The Interrobang". 30 March 2016. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Legion of Skanks Podcast Leaving The Anthony Cumia Network - The Interrobang". 17 May 2016. 
  12. "Anthony Cumia Announces New Co-Host". The Interrobang. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  13. "In Hot Water 064". 
  14. "TACS 622 with Dean Delray, and Aaron Berg". 
  15. "TACS 223 - NYC Crime Report with Pat Dixon Pilot - Compound Media". 
  16. "NYC Crime Report with Pat Dixon - Compound Media". 
  17. "In Hot Water 001 - Compound Media". 
  18. "East Side Dave Signs with The Anthony Cumia Network - The Interrobang". 13 November 2015. 
  19. "Anthony Cumia's Network Adds Two Shows". 
  20. "Finer Things with Mike Finoia - Pilot Episode - Compound Media". 
  21. "Finer Things with Mike Finoia 001 - Compound Media". 
  22. "Mike from Red Bar on Twitter: "Keith the Cop told me I was not allowe…". archive.is. 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  23. "Former Sirius XM Host Anthony Cumia Hires Gavin McInnes". 10 June 2015. 
  24. "TACS 622 with Dean Delray, and Aaron Berg".