Edition #10: A special news edition.
A recall bug, a new channel, a DJ under arrest, and more.
Thursday, August 11th, 2022
Hello there. How are you? This is a special edition of the SeriousXM newsletter, helping you recap what happened last week.
Unfortunately, I got really tired, and my health kicked my ass last week. Therefore, why I was unable to deliver a newsletter last week.
However, I will still give you last week’s news in this special edition today. Tomorrow, you’ll get this week’s news and events.
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Last Week’s News
A software bug keeps SXM subscribers in Nissan alive.
Nissan asked SXM to keep satellite radio subscriptions alive in more than 10,000 rental vehicles that were impacted by a software bug.
This bug allows to disable rearview backup cameras in Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders, Rogues, and Titans sold in the U.S. Last year, it began receiving reports that those radios not subscribed to SXM were being rebooted by themselves which lead to a software update from the radio’s manufacturer, Bosch.
Once discovered, it contacted SXM to keep the radios alive on those vehicles, then worked on a permanent fix which came to be back in April.
However, 10,000 vehicles were still affected, so Nissan has issued a recall for those still affected. Rental car companies can contact Nissan to get it fixed by a dealer or a software update for free.
Thankfully though, vehicles purchased by consumers were not affected so their radios play on and live on.
H/T to The Desk from Matthew Keys for this story.
SiriusXM DJ under arrest for narcotics trafficking.
A part-time DJ for SXM’s Eminem-run channel Shade 45 (XL) is under arrest for a narcotics trafficking case that may have taken place over a span of two years.
DJ Love Dinero, whose real name is Lance Holmes, was arrested alongside a U.S. postal worker for shipping drugs from California to the Hempstead, N.Y. post office.
According to CBS News, Holmes is accused of intercepting a USPS priority mail shipment of illegal narcotics from a letter carrier who was working at the Hempstead post office. The Nassau D.A. said that…
“… it was alleged that Lewis was paid $500 per package that was delivered to Holmes. Holmes received at least 27 kilograms of narcotics along this postal route. The senders of these packages went to great lengths to avoid K9 detection.”
Despite that, and being shrink-wrapped and covered in fabric softener sheets and grease, it didn’t pass the K9 sniff test. Once discovered, the street value of the drugs was valued at $1 million. Investigators said that they tracked them for three months, however, this may have gone on for the past two years.
Both Holmes and the postal worker pleaded not guilty in this case, but are being held on high bail. However, as a result of this, SXM has suspended Holmes immediately from his duties.
If convinced of the major charges, Holmes faces 25 years to life in prison while the postal worker could face 20 years in prison.
A New Channel has debuted on SiriusXM.
We got a new channel to tell you about! At the turn of the new month, SiriusXM unveiled a new channel called Grown Folk Jamz.
The new channel focuses on many different formats within the R&B universe with music from today and in the past.
Formats focused on this new channel include a mix of R&B, Gospel, Old School, Hip-Hop, Smooth Jazz, Funk, Classic Soul, and Love Ballads.
The channel is part of the MORE category and can be found on SXM Channel 362.
A New Program has debuted on Disney Hits.
SXM’s Disney-themed channel, Disney Hits (Channel 302) has debuted a new relaxing chilled-out program.
The program is called Disney Chill and its a new program that features classic Disney songs as relaxing instrumental tracks.
The program debuted two Sundays ago and airs every Sunday morning at 8:00 and 11:00am ET (5:00 and 8:00am PT).
H/T to Laughing Place for the story.
SiriusXM has moved its Horse Racing coverage.
SiriusXM has moved programs from the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) on its Sports Play-by-Play channels.
Starting last Wednesday, those programs have been moved to Sirius 216 and XM 204.
Those channels carry a multitude of horse racing and Thoroughbred-related programs each week, plus podcasts of shows available on the HRRN website and on podcast platforms.
⚽: The Premier League is back on SiriusXM!
The Premier League, one of the world’s biggest and most successful sporting leagues, is back for another season and SiriusXM once again has it all.
SiriusXM’s coverage kicked off last weekend and will air multiple Premier League matches every week on SiriusXM F.C. (Channel 157) and the SXM app.
SXM carries UK broadcaster TalkSport’s live play-by-play broadcasts and has just recently agreed to a multiyear extension of their current agreement that will have matches continue to be heard on SXM until the 2024-’25 season.
The league’s BIG Six will have priority and those six are…
However, most, if not all, live matches will be available. In the event two or more of the BIG Six teams are playing at the same time, one will be on SiriusXM F.C. while another will be opened up on one of the Sports Play-by-Play channels.
We’ll give you this weekend’s schedule in tomorrow’s edition as an example of the matches you’ll be able to hear on these channels.
There are still two events that are still taking place as we speak.
The Chicks have their own limited-time SXM channel.
For a limited time, The Chicks have their own SXM channel, The Chicks Channel. It ran on Channel 104 for a week until yesterday. However, it does continue until August 31st on the SXM app.
“Music has always been a medium that brings people together, a way to connect and find commonality. As we continue to connect with our fans across the country on tour, we are so happy to also bring our music across the airwaves on our own SiriusXM channel.”
On this channel, you’ll hear their entire catalog, plus deep cuts, live performances, and songs they love from various artists. Also, they’ll highlight their latest album, Gaslighter, which is currently #1 on Billboard’s Country Charts.
Chicago is still going strong, 55 years later.
Its hard to believe, but Chicago has been around for 55 YEARS. No, not the city, the legendary rock music band.
Formed in 1967, Chicago has cranked out hits ever since with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and eight multi-platinum albums. Not to mention, 100 million albums sold and counting.
So, from now until Sunday, Classic Vinyl (Channel 26) will air Feeling Stronger Every Year: Chicago at 55, hourly airplay and commentary before songs from founding members Robert Lamm and Lee Loughnane along with lead singer Neil Donell.
Chicago is currently on tour behind their 38th album, Born For This Moment (aka Chicago XXXVIII).
I’ll leave you with this legendary track from Chicago, released in 1982.
And that’s it for this special edition. All of this covered news from last week, but there will be more news tomorrow for this week’s edition.
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