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Edition #03: The latest news from SiriusXM.
Its Father's Day Weekend. New channel, new hires and more.
Sunday, June 19th, 2022.
First off, Happy Father’s Day! I wanted this edition to be released on Friday but I got sidelined and sidetracked so many times over the past 48 hours that I had to delay it until today. However, better late than never!
Here is this week’s newsletter.
The Latest News
A new P.D. over at SiriusXM Fight Nation.
(credit to BSM: Barrett Sports Media for the story)
This week, we say congrats to Eddie Borsilli who’s been named the new program director of SiriusXM Fight Nation (Channel 156).
Borsilli moves over from SiriusXM NFL Radio (Channel 88) to get this job. He replaces Marissa Rives who was the inaugural leader of the channel when it launched in 2015. She left the position as she got promoted to oversee all of SiriusXM’s sports podcasts.
Borsilli wrote on Facebook saying:
“Grateful for my time at NFL Radio and to work with some amazing people going forward.”
SiriusXM hired Mr. Borsilli back in 2006. He has been a producer at NFL Radio the entire time. He produced Movin the Chains with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan and also served as the channel’s coordinating producer for remote broadcasts.
Borselli will be just the second leader in the history of Fight Nation. Rives ran the channel since its launch in 2015.
A new neighborhood record store is opening up for Black Music Appreciation Month.
SiriusXM and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) are teaming up to honor Black Music Appreciation Month with a private event taking place on Thursday, June 30th, including the unveiling of the SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store (sounds fancy and really cool) and a live recording of the award-winning podcast, “All Music is Black Music.” The special night of programming is the latest in SiriusXM’s ongoing collaboration with and support of the NMAAHC’s mission of documenting African American life, history, and culture.
Jennifer Witz is the CEO of SiriusXM:
“Since first joining forces one year ago with the launch of All Music is Black Music, SiriusXM and the National Museum of African American History and Culture have continued to develop and expand our relationship. We’re thrilled to now come together to honor Black Music Appreciation Month and officially unveil the next chapter of our collaboration with the SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store.”
They will have a live audience for the recording of the podcast, which explores African American music and culture and how that’s shaped the wider music landscape. It will be heard on the SXM App, Pandora, Stitcher, and wherever you get your audio shows, following the event. Plus, it will be available on SiriusXM’s music talking channel, Volume (Channel 106).
After that, they’ll unveil the newly-branded SiriusXM Neighborhood Record Store, an interactive destination housed within the NMAAHC’s permanent "Musical Crossroads" exhibition that features record covers for individual browsing and a digital interactive station that links songs and artists to various genres, themes, regions, and time periods. This follows an earlier announcement of a $2 million gift to NMAAHC by SiriusXM’s charitable foundation, SiriusXM Cares, which is part of the company’s contributions to organizations that promote and further social equality, education, hiring, and combat racial injustice.
From KROQ to SiriusXM, its Kat Corbett.
Look who’s back! If you are in Los Angeles, you probably knew her. For those who didn’t know her, meet Kat Corbett. A longtime DJ coming over from 106.7 KROQ in Los Angeles, which carries a longtime format of mainly alternative rock, Ms. Corbett is now heard daily on SiriusXM’s 90s/2000s Pop/Rock channel, Pop Rocks.
She will be on every weekday from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PT) and joining host Julia Cunningham as the two DJs for the channel to deliver the best of 90s and 2000s Pop and Rock. Examples of artists heard on Pop Rocks include Twenty-One Pilots, The Cranberries, Panic! at the Disco, Jet, Sarah McLachlan, Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, and much more.
Another new Marvel podcast on the SiriusXM lineup.
Get ready for what seems like yet another Marvel-themed podcast on SiriusXM’s podcasting platform, Stitcher.
This past week, Marvel’s Wastelanders: Wolverine, premiered. Its the fourth installment of their audio epic series. 10 episodes in all with sound design and original music to make it feel real.
I won’t waste too much time with this since this is yet another podcast in this series. If you do want to hear it though, first on the SXM app and Marvel Podcasts Unlimited on Apple Podcasts. Afterward, episodes will be released a week later on Pandora, Stitcher, and your favorite place to get your audio shows.
Drake has his own radio show for the very first time on his own SiriusXM channel.
Drake has a new album out called Honestly, Nevermind. What better way to release it than to launch your own radio show called Table for One. Its not a surprise though that its released on his own SiriusXM channel called Sound 42 (Channel 42, duh. Lol.).
“I called it Table For One ’cause more times when I really need to lock in, focus, I always get a table in whatever restaurant to myself. Have some drinks, go through music, figure out what the next moves are for me and where everything is at, so that’s kind of what the show’s about. This show’s just about zoning out. I’m excited to bring this to you permanently. Table For One, we do it all without doing the most.”
On the first episode of the show, Drake starts with a mix of songs he’s personally been listening to for inspiration before playing Honestly, Nevermind front to back.
He also teases some more potential live shows in the coming months and this show could unveil more new projects and shows in the works for Drake. This is just a one-off episode but it could come back if popular demand is high enough. For now, I say congrats to Drake on his new album and hopefully, his fans get to enjoy his new show.
From time to time, I hope to find any new channels (permanent or temporary) that’ll be featured and heard on the SiriusXM service. Hopefully, this will be the first of many times this section is mentioned in the newsletter.
Temporary: A Billboard Top 500 Summer Hits channel.
Oh, snap, its summer y’all! That means today’s music is about to 🔥🔥🔥 once again. As a result, SiriusXM is introducing the Billboard Top 500 Summer Hits limited-engagement channel.
Having launched on Thursday and going straight until Wednesday, June 22nd on SiriusXM Channel 104 (home to one of two limited-engagement channels on traditional car plans), SiriusXM and the legendary music magazine Billboard have teamed up to bring you the Top 500 Summer Hits of all time, going back from 1958 right up until last year, 2021, based on their legendary Hot 100 chart.
These are some of the biggest artists and bands from the last eight decades that will be featured on the limited-run channel: The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, Drake, Elton John, Madonna, Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Usher, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Fleetwood Mac and a whole lot more! So you’ll have a whole lot of range of music history displayed on this channel. Obviously, if you want more from a specific decade, then you got ‘50s Gold (Channel 72), ‘60s Gold (Channel 73), ‘70s on 7, ‘80s on 8, ‘90s on 9, Pop 2K (Channel 10), and The ‘10s Spot (Channel 11).
After June 22nd, it will be on the SXM app all summer long until Labor Day on September 5th.
There are tons of events taking place from Father’s Day-related stuff to the U.S. Open Championship, Juneteenth celebrations, and more. However, I only want to focus on one event this week since it will continue into next week: the 🏒 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
🏒: NHL Stanley Cup Finals on SiriusXM.
As of this newsletter, the Colorado Avalanche is leading the Tampa Bay Lightning two games to zero in the best-of-seven series. If you wanna listen to every moment of the action, then here’s where you can find it…
Channel 91 = SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.
Channel 219 = Colorado Avalanche hometown broadcasts (via 92.5 KKSE-FM Broomfield/Denver).
Channel 220 = Tampa Bay Lightning hometown broadcasts (via 970 WFLA Tampa).
The SXM app also has the hometown broadcasts of the Avalanche (Channel 927) and the Lightning (Channel 946) there as well.
Game 3 is tomorrow night with Game 4 Wednesday night. If necessary, Game 5 will be next Friday night with Game 6 next Sunday night and the Game 7 decider on Tuesday, June 28th. All games will start at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).
Other sports options…
Very quickly, if you want other sports options, you got the following…
⚽: Soccer matches all weekend on SiriusXM FC (Channel 157)
⛳: U.S. Open weekend coverage ends today on Father’s Day on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (Channel 92) as we speak.
⚾: The College World Series is officially here. Find games today and throughout the tournament (until Monday, June 27th) on ESPN-U Radio (Channel 84).
And that’s this week. Thank you for being patient with me, but its better late than never.
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That’s it for this week. I’ll try to get the news down on Friday for next week to keep it consistent. I’ll talk to y’all again next Thursday. Have a great weekend, Happy Father’s Day (including my own father), Happy Juneteenth (the observed day is tomorrow), and yes, Happy Summer! (Summer officially starts on Tuesday).