Edition #31: The latest from SiriusXM.
The Grammys, countdowns, sporting events, and more.
Friday, January 27th, 2023
Hello! Welcome to another weekly edition of the SeriousXM newsletter. This is your one and only weekly look at what’s happening inside the SiriusXM satellite radio service.
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Now its time to get into this week’s news and honestly, this may be a short newsletter this week.
The Grammy Channel is back once again.
This week, SiriusXM has brought back its yearly tradition of airing The Grammy Channel, airing artists, albums, and songs nominated this year for the upcoming Grammy Awards, the 65th annual this year.
The channel is on Channel 105, one of SiriusXM’s Limited Edition channels for traditional car plans. Expect to hear music, stories, and insights from nominees such as Adele, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and more.
It began airing on Tuesday, January 24th, and will run through Tuesday, February 7th. The awards ceremony itself is on Sunday, February 5th.
There are not many events taking place right now but there are some sporting events to tell you about plus at least one countdown available.
Top 1,000 of the ‘60s from ‘60s Gold.
If you’re wondering what are some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, then this is the countdown for you.
The Top 1,000 of the ‘60s have already aired on ‘60s Gold (SXM 73). However, if you do subscribe to SiriusXM (and you probably are since you’re reading this newsletter), then you check it out anytime on-demand on the SXM app.
In this countdown, you’ll pretty much hear every artist who made an impact on ‘60s culture. That includes The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Four Seasons, the Supremes, the Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and oh so much more. Check it out whenever you can.
There are three different sports to talk about here, but there’s one that tops them all. Again, it’ll be the first sport I talk about, just like last week and two weeks ago.
🏈: NFL Championship Weekend
We are oh so close too ever finding out which two teams will play in this year’s Super Bowl from Glendale, Ariz. To find out, we have conference championship weekend.
We have Brock Purdy vs. Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow vs. Patrick Mahomes. Only one is a rookie (Purdy), only one team left has yet to win a Super Bowl title (the Bengals), Kansas City is looking to create a dynasty, Philadelphia looks really good, and the 49ers are looking for their first title in almost 30 years (last title: 1995, the year the curator of this newsletter, yours truly, was born).
Sunday, January 29th
3:00 p.m. ET (12 Noon PT) - NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
49ers Hometown Broadcast via 680 KNBR/104.5 KNBR-FM San Francisco: SXM 225 or online only 827.
Eagles Hometown Broadcast 94.1 WIP-FM Philadelphia: SXM 226 or online only 825.
National feed: SiriusXM NFL Radio on SXM 88.
Spanish feed: SXM 229 or online only 983.
6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) - AFC Championship: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Bengals Hometown Broadcast via 700 WLW/1530 WCKY/102.7 WEBN Cincinnati: SXM 225 or online only 806.
Chiefs Hometown Broadcast via 106.5 WDAF-FM Liberty/Kansas City: SXM 227 or online only 815.
National feed: SXM 228 or online only 966.
Spanish feed: SXM 229 or online only 983.
🎾: The Australian Open finals.
If for some reason you’re not interested in upcoming NFL action, then may I recommend you some tennis as the Australian Open reaches its finals this weekend.
As of the time of the release of the newsletter, we don’t know who will play in the Men’s singles final. However, we do know that the Women’s singles final will be Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan vs. Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus.
Now that we’re in finals coverage, expect to hear all the action on ESPN Xtra (SXM 81). The women’s singles final will be this Saturday with coverage starting at 3:30 a.m. ET (12:30 a.m. PT) while the men’s singles semifinal will be later today starting at that same time and then the men’s singles final on Sunday starting at that same time.
⛳: Golf remains in California this weekend.
The PGA Tour remains in the Golden State of California this weekend for live coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines, nearby San Diego. Catch live coverage on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (SXM 92), but this time, due to the upcoming huge ratings of the NFL this weekend (since CBS will be carrying this golf event today and Saturday plus the AFC Championship on Sunday), the first two rounds have already been played with third-round and fourth-round action taking place today and tomorrow, respectively, instead.
Both days’ coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET (12 Noon PT).
🤼: WWE Royal Rumble Coverage on SXM.
You probably didn’t think I’d be talking about the WWE or wrestling in general, huh? But I will because WWE’s Royal Rumble is this weekend from San Antonio and SiriusXM Fight Nation (SXM 156) will preview it all with Busted Open tomorrow from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET (6:00-9:00 a.m. PT).
They’ll actually be on all weekend during those same times with another preview on the day of the event plus post-event coverage on Sunday, January 29th at the same times.
If you’re wondering, the event will be tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).
⚽: This week’s soccer matches on SiriusXM F.C.
There’s some soccer to tell you about on SXM this week. I can tell you about it because there are only three matches this week as the Premier League is taking a league-wide break for the week. And no, MLS hasn’t started their season yet. Give it another month before they begin play.
First off, last week, I told you about the new SXM MASL partnership that would bring audio matches of indoor soccer to the audio airwaves. It started last week, and it continues this week.
Tonight, catch the Baltimore Blast vs. the Harrisburg Heat on the SiriusXM MASL Friday Night Game of the Week on SiriusXM F.C. (SXM 157). Coverage begins at 7:35 p.m. ET (4:35 p.m. PT).
There’s also FA Cup action this weekend. While there’ll be plenty of action, two of those games will be heard on SiriusXM F.C. in fourth-round play.
Later today, you’ll have Arsenal vs. Manchester City at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 Noon PT), and then you’ll have Liverpool vs. Brighton and Hove Albon on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT). Again, both matches can be heard on SiriusXM F.C. (SXM 157).
As you can tell, its probably one of the lightest and smallest editions of the newsletter that I’ve ever done.
Oh, and yes, SiriusXM has announced news related to its stock and will soon release its Q4 earnings and FY2022 results on February 3rd. However, this will not be covered as this news has no interest to the customers who just want to plug, play, and enjoy their SiriusXM service. Don’t expect any news regarding this in the newsletter as it will not be covered at all.
I’m glad this is one of the shortest editions of the newsletter that I’ve ever done, considering that I’m on an unexpected vacation in New England as we speak due to a family emergency. Plus, I may be without internet this weekend so this was curated early Thursday morning and midday instead of my usual curation time of very early Friday mornings, so some things may be left out more than usual by the time this comes out, but please realize that due to a family emergency, I’m not available at my regular times.
Still, its better to give you a weekly newsletter, than to delay it or not even give you one at all. You’re very welcome, America.
So please, if you haven’t done so already, take the time now to subscribe for FREE, share the newsletter with your family, friends, loved ones, and subscribers of SiriusXM, and please take the time to donate if you can towards this newsletter and my work. I would really appreciate it, especially this weekend with my family emergency.
I’ll be back next week, same as I always do, with another weekly look at SiriusXM, in the SeriousXM newsletter. Every Friday morning in your inbox by 7:00 a.m. ET (4:00 a.m. PT). Have a great weekend.