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Edition #11: The latest news from SiriusXM.
Not much here, but still lots of sporting events to tell you about.
Friday, August 12th, 2022
Hello once again. We last spoke 24 hours ago but back to tell you what happened this week in SiriusXM with another SeriousXM newsletter.
This week has been really quiet as August is usually a quiet month anyways. Still, there are some things to tell you about so here you go.
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The Latest News
SiriusXM was offering Rachel Maddow her own radio show.
So, this is a crazy story but apparently, it was revealed this week that SiriusXM has given an offer to MSNBC talk show host/commentator Rachel Maddow to host her own weekday talk show on the service.
In exchange? $40 million for an undetermined amount of time, according to a report from Vanity Fair.
It wasn’t clear how it was going or how far it went, but it would’ve included rights to projects Maddow was working on or considering. She’s been working on other projects alongside working her one-night-a-week shift on Mondays at MSNBC and has opened up a new production company, Surprise Inside, to work on those projects.
There wasn’t word if an agreement was in place to distribute the show that would’ve taken place, but if done so, it would’ve been her first full-time return to radio in more than a decade when she once had a prior show on Air America, a progressive-leaning radio network that got shut down 12 years ago in 2010.
H/T to The Desk from Matthew Keys for the story.
Brandi Carlile has her own program on SiriusXM.
This week, SXM announced that six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, and #1 N.Y. Times Bestselling author Brandi Carlile will have her own program on The Spectrum (Channel 28).
Titled Brandi Carlile’s Somewhere Over The Radio, it will be a monthly show on the channel that’s home to a mesh of classic and new rock coming together. The show premiered on Wednesday, August 10th but is available now on demand in the SXM app and will release new episodes on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT).
In this program, Carlile will curate the music and focus on those who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. She’ll also have personal anecdotes between songs and engage in candid conversations with her guests while sharing music with LGBTQIA+-friendly artists.
“This show is about the impact that LGBTQIA + artists have made on the world, the spiritual realm, and certainly our family through the transcendence of music. Queer artists and pioneers have given my wife and I everything that we have including each other. Let's shine a little light on queer excellence today.”
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers at the Apollo Theater.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are doing it again, this time at the historic Apollo Theater for the very first time, as a part of SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series, meant for SXM subscribers only in an invitation-only concert.
For one night only, RHCP will be performing at the Theater which will celebrate their 24/7 music channel on SXM, Whole Lotta Red Hot (Channel 315). It will include their hits, fan favorites, and current music from their current album Unlimited Love. The concert will air live on the channel, and then rebroadcast multiple times throughout the week.
Oh, and BONUS, the channel will also be available as a pop-up on SiriusXM Channel 105 throughout the entire month of September.
If you’re a SXM subscriber and want to attend, then go here.
There are no general events that we know of, but sports is starting to kick into high gear as we march on during the last full month of Summer. Here are all the sporting events taking place this weekend and there are plenty.
🏈: FOOTBALL is BACK. Preseason that is. But still…
Oh boy, how we missed you, football. You coming back means the tides are changing, the season will soon change, and football, America’s favorite sport, is coming back to give us something to watch on Sundays.
Or… to listen because SiriusXM has coverage to every NFL game EVER this season. All games will be either on SiriusXM NFL Radio (Channel 88), a handful of Sports Play-by-Play channels, or even on the hometown broadcasts that are available on the streaming-only plans.
Preseason football started yesterday with the N.Y. Giants taking on the New England Patriots (SPOILER ALERT: Giants won 23-21) and the Tennessee Titans taking on the Baltimore Ravens (SPOILER ALERT: Ravens won 23-10).
It will continue throughout the weekend and for the next couple of weeks in the mentioned places above and on the SXM app until the season gets going next month.
I would suggest you click here if you wanna see this weekend’s preseason schedule, and where you can hear it.
🏀: The WNBA is in its weekend regular-season finale.
The regular season is almost over for the WNBA, and the playoffs are very near. But first, the season will conclude this weekend.
Yesterday, SiriusXM NBA Radio (Channel 86) carried LIVE coverage of the defending champions Chicago Sky against the Las Vegas Aces (SPOILER ALERT: Las Vegas won 89-78). More games will be played later today, but this Sunday, it will carry two more WNBA games to help close out the regular season…
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT - Minnesota Lynx vs. Connecticut Sun
3:00pm ET/12:00 Noon PT - Seattle Storm (legendary WNBA player Sue Bird’s final regular-season game) vs. Las Vegas Aces
All four of those teams, plus the already mentioned Chicago Sky, are already in this season’s playoffs. SiriusXM NBA Radio will have those games and much more coverage throughout the weekend and throughout the WNBA playoffs.
⚽: The Premier League is back in full force!
As I told you in yesterday’s edition, one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world is back for another season. The Premier League out of the UK is in its second weekend coming up, and as promised, here’s an example of the next two weekends’ matches to get you familiarized with some of the action expected this season on SiriusXM.
As a reminder, some matches will be on SiriusXM F.C. (Channel 157) while some will land on one of SiriusXM’s Sports Play-by-Play channels.
Saturday, August 13th (Tomorrow)
7:30am ET/4:30am PT - Everton vs. Aston Villa on SiriusXM F.C.
10:00am ET/7:00am PT - Leicester vs. Arsenal on SiriusXM F.C.
10:00am ET/7:00am PT - Bournemouth vs. Manchester City on Sports Play-by-Play Channel 201.
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - Manchester City vs. Brentford on SiriusXM F.C.
Sunday, August 14th
9:00am ET/6:00am PT - West Ham vs. Nottingham Forest on SiriusXM F.C.
11:30am ET/8:30am PT - Tottenham vs. Chelsea on SiriusXM F.C.
Monday, August 15th
3:00pm ET/12:00 Noon PT - Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool on SiriusXM F.C.
Saturday, August 20th
7:30am ET/4:30am PT - Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham on SiriusXM F.C.
10:00am ET/7:00am PT - Southampton vs. Leicester on SiriusXM F.C.
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - Arsenal vs. Bournemouth on SiriusXM F.C.
Sunday, August 21st
9:00am ET/6:00am PT - Chelsea vs. Leeds on SiriusXM F.C.
11:30am ET/8:30am PT - Manchester City vs. Newcastle on SiriusXM F.C.
Monday, August 22nd
3:00pm ET/12:00 Noon PT - Liverpool vs. Manchester United on SiriusXM F.C.
I won’t do this every week, but this is a sample of matches offered on SiriusXM now that the season is back and into the swing of things.
⛳: Golf is in the Mid-South this week.
The PGA Tour is in Memphis this week for the FedEx St. Jude Championship. The tournament kicked off yesterday and will run all weekend long on, where else, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (Channel 92). Coverage begins at 1:00pm ET (10:00am PT) all weekend long.
🏁: NASCAR is in Richmond this week.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is taking a break this week, but not the Truck Series or the Cup Series. Those will continue into full gear this weekend and, of course, the entirety of these races are on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).
Saturday, August 13th (Tomorrow)
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT - NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series: The Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation.
Sunday, August 14th
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT - NASCAR Cup Series: The Federated Auto Parts 400.
And for a reference, this week’s in-car audio race drivers are…
Kyle Busch - #18 on Channel 980.
Denny Hamlin - #11 on Channel 981.
Martin Truex Jr. - #19 on Channel 982.
And that’s it for this week! A pretty light week, considering we’re in a pretty light month where nothing major is really happening at all, but there was a decent amount of news to share and tell you about, so done.
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