Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ABC Radio Expands Syndication With Two New Shows

ABC Radio, Skyview Networks and Front & Center Entertainment are introducing two new programs for Country and Rock formats, "Front and Center Sessions" and "The Speakeasy Sessions."

Both series will feature 12 two-hour programs that are produced for ABC Radio and are based on the critically acclaimed public television programs, "Front and Center" and "Speakeasy." Each month, affiliates will receive one two-hour program with music performances and daily thirty-second vignettes of never released interview material.

"Front and Center" has featured some of the biggest names in Country music, including Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Jennifer Nettles, Clint Black, Luke Combs and Kane Brown.

"'Front and Center' and 'Speakeasy' have both set a high bar for insightful, entertaining and engaging music programming," said Executive Producer of Front and Center Don Maggi. "We felt that, beyond just television, these shows would thrive on radio. These performances, from some of music's best known and biggest artists on 'Front and Center,' along with the compelling and fun conversations on 'Speakeasy,' create a perfect fit for radio."

"The Speakeasy Sessions" will bring unique conversations, stories and insights from some of the most recognizable icons of rock and roll including Joe Elliott, Roger Waters, John Mellencamp, Billy Gibbons and Geddy Lee. The show features a unique format where artists are interviewed by a person of their choosing.

"We are excited to work with today's greatest performers in country and classic rock music," said ABC Radio VP/General Manager Steve Jones. "We're taking a wealth of content and weaving it into fast-paced radio programming that features great music and riveting behind the scenes stories and never before shared anecdotes from some of the biggest country and rock stars."

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