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Edition #07: The latest news from SiriusXM.
A new auto rights deal, loads of sporting events, new concerts, music contest winners, and more.
Friday, July 15th, 2022.
Hey there! Welcome back to the SeriousXM Newsletter. There was no #TBT edition yesterday as I’m currently putting that on hold, at least for now, due to trying to find more new lineups, plus sounders and videos of the service from back in the day. It won’t be too long before it returns so stay tuned.
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The Latest News
SiriusXM + Mitsubishi = Together until 2028.
This week, SiriusXM and Mitsubishi Motors came together to agree to an extension of their long-time relationship that will see SiriusXM come pre-installed in new cars until 2028.
Owners and lessees will continue to receive a trial for three months to SiriusXM’s Platinum Plan (basically, all the channels) with the purchase or lease of any new, certified pre-owned, and eligible pre-owned SiriusXM-equipped Mitsubishi vehicle.
I won’t bore you with quotes from their executives. These are just the important details you need to know about this extension. And, of course, pretty much every car brand in America has an agreement with SiriusXM to provide their services on equipped vehicles.
SiriusXM Canada’s Music Town winners!
Yesterday, after weeks of voting and rallying, SiriusXM Canada announced the inaugural winners of the SiriusXM Music Town contest.
The 2022 Music Towns will be…
Eastern Canada - Miramichi, New Brunswick will receive Arkells
Quebec - Blanc-Sablon, Quebec will have 2Frères
Ontario - Orangeville, Ontario is getting Walk off the Earth
Western Canada - Estevan, Saskatchewan will get Dallas Smith
The four winning communities were selected based on their nomination story, online voting, social rallying, and their unwavering spirit to be named a SiriusXM Music Town. Over 100,000 votes were cast for the top 16 communities, with local officials and community leaders motivating residents to get involved and bring live music to the heart of their town.
The concerts will take place in September and October, with details including date, location and ticket information to be announced in August.
To learn more about those four cities, visit musictown.siriusxm.ca.
From time to time, I’ll alert you to any deals involving SiriusXM that you may not be aware of. Considering that year-round, deals are on their plans to try to keep you around to subscribe, we won’t focus on that, but instead, focus on hardware and gadgets involving SiriusXM that you can purchase off from.
A sale for the SiriusXM Roady BT on Amazon.
9to5Toys is alerting folks that Amazon is offering the SiriusXM Roady BT In-Vehicle Satellite Radio Kit for $69.99 shipped, which is down 30% from its normal going rate at Amazon and is such an amazing price to receive one.
Meant for your car, the Roady BT satellite radio installs in your car and connects to your stereo through Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux, or over a built-in FM transmitter. You can choose to mount it via a magnetic vent or dash adapter and there’s an additional mounting system that’s sold separately should you need it. Plus, it comes with a three-month free trial of SiriusXM (not a surprise there) or you could opt for 12 months of the brand’s Platinum Programming Package for $99 (which sounds like a bargain).
Now, we get to the events and there are a lot of them this week so stay tuned and keep on reading for more details.
Måneskin takes over the SiriusXM Small Stage Series.
They won last year’s Eurovision Song Contest for Italy. Now, they’re taking over the world. Literary.
Måneskin is performing for SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series presented by American Express. It will be at The House of X on Thursday, July 28th for SiriusXM subscribers as a special invitation-only concert.
The special concert will feature Måneskin performing their worldwide chart hits, fan favorites, and fast-rising new single “Supermodel”.
Once performed, it will premiere exclusively on the SXM app on Monday, August 1st, and can be heard in its entirety on Alt Nation (Channel 36) on Friday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT). Plus, select songs from their concert will air on multiple channels, including SiriusXM Hits 1 (Channel 2), The Pulse (Channel 5), Pop Rocks (Channel 12), and Pandora NOW (Channel 3).
SiriusXM is also running a contest for subscribers and fans to win a chance to attend the performance. For subscribers as of June 23rd, they can enter for a chance to win at siriusxm.com/ManeskinNYC. Fans can follow Alt Nation’s instagram @altnation and look for details on how to win tickets (No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. U.S. only; 21 years of age or older).
After Måneskin, its Pearl Jam.
But once that concert is done, there’s no slowing down the series because this week, SXM also announced that Pearl Jam will do a concert of their own for the series.
Pearl Jam will perform at the historic Apollo Theater in a special invitation-only concert on Saturday, September 10th. This will be the first time the band performs at the theater, and will kick off the band’s fall tour.
The show was originally planned around the release of the group’s critically acclaimed chart-topping eleventh full-length, Gigaton, originally released in 2020, but of course, the pandemic put a pause on that. But now, with most things returning to normal, and in celebration of the album and subsequent tour, the band has released the revamped Gigaton (Tour Edition). It features 11 live songs recorded during the band’s triumphant return to the road in 2021.
The concert will air live nationwide on the band’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, Pearl Jam Radio (Channel 22; not a surprise), which has been around since 2010, where you can also hear Gigaton (Tour Edition).
If you want to attend THIS concert, then go to www.siriusxm.com/PearlJamPR.
Happy Birthday, Linda Ronstadt! SiriusXM is celebrating her.
Today is Linda Rondstadt’s birthday! One of the hottest rockers of the ‘70s and ‘80s and even a little bit into the ‘90s, SiriusXM will be celebrating one of America’s most celebrated and accomplished rockers as the retired artist turns 76 today.
So, this weekend, The Bridge (Channel 17) will air a one-hour Linda Rondstadt Birthday Special that’ll feature music from her career, hosted by her cousin Bill, her niece Mindy, and her nephew Pete, along with special guests for reflections and birthday wishes.
You can hear the special this weekend at the following times…
Today in an hour (from the release of this newsletter) at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT)
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. PT)
Sunday at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. PT)
⛳: The Open is here.
Another legendary weekend is here in the world of Golf for one of the biggest majors in the sport, The 150th Open from the Old Course at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
SiriusXM is devoted 45 hours this year of live coverage. Some of it started yesterday and will continue today into the weekend.
Who’s in it this weekend? The legend himself Tiger Woods, defending Open champion Collin Morikawa, Masters champion and World No.1 ranked player Scottie Scheffler, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, and so much more.
SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (Channel 92) will carry all live coverage under a temporary name, SiriusXM The Open Radio. They’re already on by the time you read this and they’ll resume on Saturday and Sunday as well at 4:00 a.m. ET (1:00 a.m. PT). It will continue until play has concluded for the day.
Coverage will first be produced by The R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) before SiriusXM takes over the coverage at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) this afternoon, 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT) tomorrow, and 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on Sunday.
There will also be a The Open Postgame Show, giving a recap of the day’s play after each round.
Finally, there’s a documentary devoted to 150 years of The Open. Listeners will hear John Daly, three-time Open champion Gary Player, archival audio from Tiger Woods, and more. The channel has already aired the documentary but is still available on-demand now on the SXM app.
SiriusXM’s broadcast rights for The Open Championship come through its agreement with the R&A and NBCUniversal, which owns the rights to The Open broadcasts in the United States.
⚾: MLB All-Star Week is almost here!
Its almost that time for the best in baseball to showcase what they got. Its almost MLB All-Star Week 2022 in Los Angeles. Of course, SiriusXM MLB Network Radio (Channel 89) will have you covered, from the weekend, right into next week. Let’s keep it condensed since its a lot of events taking place.
Tomorrow will be the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, featuring the best minor league prospects competing against each other. Pre-game coverage at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT) with game time coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT). Mike Ferrin will have the call with former MLB GM Jim Duquette providing the color commentary.
On Sunday, its the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. Pre-draft coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT) with the draft itself beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT).
Come Monday, its probably the best event of the week, and one of the best all-star events in pro sports (the NBA All-Star’s Slam Dunk Contest is high on this list), the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby.
SiriusXM is starting the party EARLY at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT).
Pre-derby coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT).
The Derby itself (with coverage taken from ESPN Radio) begins at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).
Finally, to culminate everything, its the 2022 MLB All-Star Game itself from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Once again, it starts EARLY at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT).
The All-Star Pregame Show is on at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT).
The Game itself (with coverage, once again, taken from ESPN Radio) begins at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT), with post-game coverage afterward from SiriusXM.
Not only that, SiriusXM will devote special programming around All-Star Week. First, two special episodes of SiriusXM’s award-winning Black Diamonds podcast, in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will take place on Sunday and Monday. You can find the podcast on the SXM app or on your favorite platforms to get your audio/shows.
Finally, two more specials will be aired on MLB Network Radio this weekend to celebrate the events. Both will also be available on the SXM app.
Remember When: We Love LA (and Brooklyn Too) debuts tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT), taking a look at the Dodgers and their time in Los Angeles, but also all the way back to Brooklyn when they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1884-1957.
An Oral History of Dodgers Stadium will cover baseball, and non-baseball, events that have taken place at the legendary stadium over the years. That’ll come on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT).
🏎️: The IndyCar Season is at The True North (Canada) in Toronto.
For the first time in three years (the last two were canceled due to COVID), IndyCar racing is back in Canada and in Toronto for this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto. Of course, SiriusXM will have it all.
SiriusXM Canada is sponsoring both Indy cars with Meyer Shank Racing to represent in the event.
Four-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves will pilot the No. 6 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda.
2019 Indy 500 winner, 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, and reigning Honda Indy Toronto winner Simon Pagenaud, who’ll pilot the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda.
There’ll first be practice sessions today at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT) and tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT) with qualifying on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). Then, the race itself will be held on Sunday with pre-race coverage at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 Noon PT) with the race scheduled for approx. a half-hour later at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT).
All practice and qualifying sessions will air live on SiriusXM IndyCar Nation (Channel 160) with the channel also joining NBC Sports Audio (Channel 85) in airing live coverage of the race. You can also listen to the race on the SXM app.
The MLB season will take a pause after this weekend for All-Star Week and its related events. While that’s taking place, SiriusXM F.C. (Channel 157) with live ⚽ MLS and USL action all weekend. This weekend’s IndyCar race ain’t the only Motor Sports event taking place this weekend.
🏁: NASCAR will be in New Hampshire this weekend with all live coverage on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). Both begin at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT).
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at New Hampshire will be tomorrow
The NASCAR Cup Series race will be the Ambetter 301 on Sunday.
This weekend, the NASCAR in-race drivers will be…
Channel 980 - Denny Hamlin #11.
Channel 981 - Kyle Busch #18.
Channel 982 - Chase Elliot #9.
🏁: IMSA is in Lakeville, Conn. this weekend for the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Coverage will be tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. ET (12:10 p.m. PT) on one of SiriusXM’s Sports Play-by-Play channels, Channel 207.
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