NCAA March Madness on SiriusXM

NEW YORK, NY (03.16.2021) – The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will air in its entirety on SiriusXM, giving subscribers nationwide access to every minute of March Madness on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app. In addition to live play-by-play of every game, SiriusXM listeners will also get the most in-depth daily coverage throughout the tournament on several exclusive 24/7 college sports talk channels.

The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tips off with the First Four on March 18 and runs through the Final Four and national championship game on April 3 and 5. SiriusXM will also air Spanish-language broadcasts of the Final Four and championship games.

All Men’s NCAA Tournament game broadcasts are provided to SiriusXM by Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NCAA.

Tournament match-ups and SiriusXM channel assignments will be available at siriusxm.com/ncaamonsxm starting Monday, March 15.

On Selection Sunday, March 14, SiriusXM listeners will get up-to-the-moment coverage as tournament teams and first round match-ups are announced. On Mad Dog Sports Radio (channel 82), Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and Steve Torre will host special Selection Sunday coverage live from 5:00 to 9:00 pm ET. Additionally, ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (channel 84) will air a Selection Sunday special hosted by Jon Crispin, Fran Fraschilla and Mike Yam from 6:00 to 9:00 pm ET. The official NCAA Tournament Selection Show produced by Westwood One will air on CBS Sports Radio (SiriusXM channel 206) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm ET. The shows will feature interviews with special guests, including team coaches and NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee chair Mitch Barnhart.

SiriusXM will also offer coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, providing listeners with live play-by-play of the Women’s Final Four and championship game. These Women’s NCAA Tournament radio broadcasts are produced by Westwood One. On Monday, March 15, ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM will air a special “Selection Monday” show hosted by Krista Blunk and Nicole Auerbach as the tournament field is revealed (7:00 to 9:00 pm ET).

Throughout the tournament, SiriusXM’s exclusive, dedicated college sports channels – ESPNU Radio, SiriusXM ACC Radio, SiriusXM Big 12 Radio, SiriusXM Big Ten Radio, SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio and SiriusXM SEC Radio – will offer the most extensive and in-depth college basketball news and tournament talk available on radio. SiriusXM’s 24/7 college sports channels feature several former coaches and players including Pat Bradley, Tom Brennan, Jon Crispin, Dalen Cuff, Tony Delk, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Seth Greenberg, Robbie Hummel, Steve Lappas, Evan Moore, Chris Spatola, Earl Watson and Tim Welsh, as well as analysts Nicole Auerbach, Krista Blunk and others.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has led the Blue Devils to five National Championship titles, will continue to host his weekly SiriusXM show throughout the tournament. Basketball and Beyond with Coach K airs on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM and is available on the SiriusXM app.

The next series of episodes of Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo’s new SiriusXM original podcast – Digging Up The Past – will debut this Monday, March 15, and will feature Russo and guests looking back at the history of the NCAA Tournament. Digging Up The Past takes a historical deep-dive into the events and innovations that have shaped the sports landscape. This next four-episode series will examine NCAA Tournament history from its origins as an eight-team competition in 1939 through 1978, featuring some of the great teams and players from that period, including the dynasty UCLA teams of the 1960s and 70s, the groundbreaking 1966 Texas Western team, the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, which was the last undefeated Division I team to win the championship, and more.

Listeners will hear from college basketball stars from that era, as well as insiders who have covered the sport for decades, including Willie Worsley, Jerry Lucas, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Don Chaney, Lennie Rosenbluth, Quinn Buckner, Dick Vitale, Billy Packer, Bill Raftery and many others.

Men’s and Women’s tournament games, as well as SiriusXM’s exclusive 24/7 college sports talk channels, are available to listeners nationwide on SiriusXM radios, on the SiriusXM app and however they stream in their house. Streaming access is included for most subscribers. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.

Digging Up the Past with Christopher Russo is available on the SiriusXM app.

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SiriusXM and the Recording Academy Launch The GRAMMY Channel to Celebrate Music’s Biggest Night

NEW YORK, NY (03.02.2021) – SiriusXM and the Recording Academy join forces to celebrate the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards with the launch of The GRAMMY Channel.

The GRAMMY Channel will feature a variety of music from this year’s nominees across the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields, including top nominees Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Brittany Howard, DaBaby, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift and more, all leading up to the live broadcast of Music’s Biggest Night on March 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Listeners can also expect to hear music from GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Honorees such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Salt-n-Pepa, Selena and Talking Heads, as well as exclusive interviews with music’s biggest stars from behind the scenes at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. 

For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com

The limited-edition channel will begin March 2 at 12 p.m. ET and run through March 14 on channel 104.  For all information on The GRAMMY Channel visit: siriusxm.com/GRAMMY

SiriusXM’s The GRAMMY Channel is available to listeners nationwide on SiriusXM radios, on the SiriusXM app and at home with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or however they stream in their house.  Streaming access is included for most subscribers.

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Navy Federal Credit Union and SiriusXM Deliver Benefits to Military Members and Their Families

NEW YORK, NY (02.17.2021) – SiriusXM and Navy Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest credit union with 10 million members, have teamed up to deliver a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM’s top-tier All Access package for qualifying Navy Federal members.

This benefit is available to Navy Federal members who own a vehicle with a factory-installed SiriusXM radio, including members who recently purchased a pre-owned vehicle and closed on a Navy Federal auto loan, members with an existing Navy Federal auto loan regardless of how far into the term they are, and members who own their vehicles outright. Eligibility restrictions apply.

“As member experience is always top of mind for us, we’re pleased to team up with SiriusXM to offer even more value for our members,” said Joe Pendergast, Vice President of Consumer Lending at Navy Federal Credit Union. “Whether driving in your car, using SiriusXM’s app on your phone or listening through a connected device at home, members can tune in to their favorite stations from anywhere.”

At the end of their three-month trial subscription, active duty, veterans and their families can take advantage of SiriusXM’s Military Discount, which offers a 25% discount on eligible subscription packages.

“In light of the very strong relationship that Navy Federal Credit Union has with its millions of members, we are very pleased and proud to work with them to make SiriusXM available as a benefit to those members,” said Gail Berger, Senior Vice President, Auto Remarketing for SiriusXM. “All Access is our best subscription package, and there’s truly something for everyone in our programming lineup. Navy Federal members can experience SiriusXM in their car, at home or on the go with our app and if they choose to subscribe after their trial, they may qualify for our Military Discount as a thank you for their service.”

SiriusXM All Access is SiriusXM’s most extensive offering, featuring Howard Stern, hundreds of channels of ad-free music, plus live sports, talk programming, comedy and more. All Access subscribers get satellite-delivered channels in their car, plus streaming access to SiriusXM programming outside their car on the SiriusXM app, and on a wide variety of connected devices and speakers. The SiriusXM app also delivers multiple additional streaming-only features like SiriusXM’s Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, SiriusXM video, and more than 100 Xtra Music Channels that deliver the right music for your mood or moment. 

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The SiriusXM 2021 Promo Kit Is Going Out to Dealers and Distributors

NEW YORK, NY (01.20.2021) – The 2021 SiriusXM Promo Kit has started to ship to dealers and distributors across the US.

The in-store marketing kit includes several items that 12volt retailers can utilize in their stores. The high quality face mask, with SiriusXM Logo, will certainly put the brand in front of consumers while floor staff members made sales presentations throughout the store. The bottle of hand sanitizer on the counter will be another indication this 12volt retailer is serious about keeping all safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Elements of the SiriusXM 2021 in-store Promo Kit including face mask, hand sanitizer, counter card, window cling, product display dangles and fliers.

A window cling and counter card, along with SiriusXM danglers for the head unit display, will also highlight the brand on the sales floor.

A Thank You card from Hasib Mohammed greets those opening the 2021 SiriusXM Promo Kit.

Fliers highlighting ways to save on SiriusXM subscriptions and information about the SiriusXM E Learning program offers, that include opportunities to win monthly and quarterly prizes, are also part of the 2021 Promo Kit.

A Thank You card from Hasib Mohammed, SiriusXM Vice President Dealer and Retail Sales, is on top of the items in the Promo Kit box.

Paul Trueman, SiriusXM Sr. Director Retail Sales, related, “Dealers that receive SiriusXM POP items will automatically receive the 2021 Promo Kit. Dealers buying through distributors are encouraged to request a 2021 Promo Kit when they place their orders with the authorized SiriusXM distributor in their area. The 2021 SiriusXM Promo Kit is filled with items SiriusXM retailers can use to drive sales day in and day out in their stores.”

Monthly and quarterly prizes are offered for dealers attending E Learning sessions.

Continuing Trueman offered, “I would also recommend that everyone visit our training site to get the latest updates by SiriusXM by visiting learnsiriusxm.com. Everyone that takes the course will get 90 days of free steaming service and the chance to win some brilliant SiriusXM stuff. There will be 20 monthly winners for SiriusXM gear. There will also be quarterly winners. Four lucky quarter winning dealers will win Amazon Echos and 2 lucky quarter winners will enjoy Sonos One Smart Speakers. So there is still time to win prizes in January plus Q1.”

Visit SiriusXM’s training site for the latest updates: www.learnsiriusxm.com

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SportsGrid Radio Launches on SiriusXM Channel 204

NEW YORK, NY (01.08.2021) – SportsGrid and SiriusXM announced today the launch of the SportsGrid Radio Channel debuting on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app on Channel 204. SiriusXM subscribers nationwide will have access to SportsGrid’s real-time sports news, statistics, odds, and lines, along with live expert analysis. The SportsGrid Radio channel will be available to SiriusXM subscribers 24 hours a day 7 days a week on SiriusXM radios (channel 204) in their cars or anywhere with the SiriusXM app.

SportsGrid Radio will feature a team of on-air personalities including Scott Ferrall, Gabe Morency, Ariel Epstein, and Jared Smith along with expert contributors and guest analysts. The channel streams live from the state-of-the-art production facilities located in New York City adjacent to Madison Square Garden and at the Meadowlands inside the FanDuel Sportsbook. SportsGrid’s real-time reporting includes the daily odds, lines, matchups, injury reports, news and more across pro football, basketball, baseball, hockey, college sports, golf, tennis, and soccer.

The all original SportsGrid Radio weekday line-up has 22-hours of live daily programming starting with The Early Line, weekdays from 7-9 AM ET, hosted by Erin Dolan and Kevin Walsh leading into The Morning After, weekdays from 9 AM – 12 Noon ET, hosted by the passionate and authentic Ariel Epstein and Jared Smith. The high energy topic-driven three-hour morning program covers the top sports stories of the day with the daily rundown of the Scores • Stats • Odds • News • Injury Updates • Interviews and more.

SportsGrid’s pre-game programming features Ferrall Coast to Coast, weekdays from 4-6 PM ET, hosted by popular veteran sports radio personality Scott Ferrall, followed by Game Time Decisions, weekdays from 6-7 PM ET, with Gabe Morency and Cam Stewart. Ferrall Coast to Coast previews the upcoming primetime schedule of live games and special events going over breaking news, injuries, odds, and lines. Game Time Decisions reviews last-minute updates, real-time data and intelligence with expert commentary and analysis. 

Every night from 7-10 PM ET, In Play Sports Tonight hosted by Blackjack Fletcher defines the sports gaming genre with live coverage and analysis of in-play breaking news, odds, and the line movement across all major sports. In-Play Sports Tonight focuses on the popularity and emergence of in-play gaming identifying actionable game-specific odds and lines opportunities.

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SiriusXM’s New SXM-7 Satellite Performing Properly After SpaceX Launch

NEW YORK NY (12.15.2020) – Maxar Technologies, SiriusXM, and SpaceX have announced that the SXM-7 satellite was successfully launched and is performing properly.

SXM-7, a high-powered digital audio radio satellite, was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida earlier today. Shortly afterward, SXM-7 deployed its solar arrays and began receiving and sending signals. Next, SXM-7 will begin firing its thrusters to commence its journey to its final geostationary orbit.

SiriusXM’s SXM-7 ready for launch. Credit: SpaceX

SXM-7 will provide continuous, reliable delivery of SiriusXM’s audio entertainment and information services to consumers in the United States, and will expand SiriusXM’s coverage area in Canada and the Caribbean, for years to come. SXM-7 will deliver the highest power density of any commercial satellite on-orbit, sending more than 8,000 watts of content to the continental U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, increasing the power and reach of the signal for SiriusXM.

This rendering shows what SiriusXM’s SXM-7 will look like when fully deployed on orbit. Credit: Maxar Technologies

“Maxar and SiriusXM have worked together for more than two decades to build world-class digital audio radio satellites that bring entertainment to almost every new car in America,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s Senior Vice President of Space Programs Delivery. “We are proud to have built the latest addition to the SiriusXM constellation and look forward to the launch of their next Maxar-built satellite, SXM-8, next year.”

“SXM-7 plays an important role in bolstering the continuity and reliable delivery of SiriusXM’s audio entertainment, as well as our traffic, weather, data and information services for years to come,” said Bridget Neville, SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President of Satellite and Repeater Systems Engineering and Operations. “With the addition of SXM-7, our satellite-delivered service coverage area in North America is larger and more powerful than ever before. We congratulate our engineering team, Maxar and SpaceX on a successful launch.”

“We had a beautiful Falcon 9 launch today, safely delivering SXM-7 to orbit,” said Lee Rosen, SpaceX’s Vice President of Customer Operations and Integration. “This was the seventh flight for this rocket’s first stage booster, and we are grateful SiriusXM chose our flight-proven hardware to help broaden its coverage area.”

SXM-7 weighs almost 7,000 kg and is built on Maxar’s 1300-class platform, the world’s most prevalent geosynchronous spacecraft platform. The satellite is designed to provide service for greater than 15 years. Maxar has previously built a total of seven satellites for SiriusXM, including its first-generation Sirius satellites that launched in 2000 and its second-generation Sirius satellites that launched in 2009 and 2013.

SXM-7 joins XM-3, XM-4, XM-5, FM-5, and FM-6 in SiriusXM’s active satellite fleet. SXM-7 and SXM-8 together will replace XM-3 and XM-4, extending SiriusXM’s satellite delivered services through at least 2036.

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SiriusXM’s Beloved Holiday Channels Arrive Early to Spread Cheer Across the Airwaves

NEW YORK, NY (10.30.2020) – SiriusXM has announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring 17 ad-free channels including a new channel, Jolly Christmas, as well as the much-anticipated Holly and Holiday Traditions channels. 14 of the music channels are kicking off the holiday season and are available on the SiriusXM app now.  

SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classic Christmas carols, holiday pop songs, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, seasonal soul music, Hanukkah music, and classical Christmas favorites.

SiriusXM will again launch a collection of holiday music online channels, including 70s/80s Christmas, Rockin’ Xmas, Holiday Chill-Out, Navidad and Jazz Holidays.

Subscribers are able to listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more.

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SiriusXM Completes Acquisition of Stitcher

NEW YORK, NY (10.20.2020) – Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Stitcher and is moving forward as the premier full-service platform for podcast creators, publishers, and advertisers.

With this acquisition, SiriusXM adds Stitcher, a longtime pioneer in podcasting, to its leading audio entertainment platform. Alongside Pandora, Simplecast and AdsWizz, Stitcher strengthens SiriusXM’s position in this fast-growing area. By combining Stitcher’s leading programming and advertising networks with SiriusXM’s existing suite of hosting and ad technology tools, the Company expands its pre-eminent position in digital audio advertising while generating new ways for creators to find and connect with a broader audience.

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Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, said, “We are deepening our position in podcasting, the fastest-growing sector in digital audio, and with completion of this transaction, our vision is taking shape. With Stitcher and its varied assets, we are now a one-stop shop able to meet the needs of podcast creators, publishers and advertisers, while also providing listeners with access to great shows, series and programming.”

To advance a powerful and coordinated content strategy, Erik Diehn, CEO of Stitcher, will report directly to Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM, who also oversees content at Pandora. To help advertisers efficiently and effectively reach their customers across the largest digital audio ecosystem, Sarah van Mosel, Stitcher’s Chief Revenue Officer, will report directly to John Trimble, Chief Advertising Revenue Officer of SiriusXM.

Meyer added, “On behalf of everyone at SiriusXM, we are thrilled to welcome Erik, Sarah, and all of the other talented Stitcher employees to our team. We look forward to working with them as we continue delivering the best listening experiences in audio entertainment and enhancing stockholder value.”

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SiriusXM Announces Leadership Update

NEW YORK, NY (09.16.2020) – SiriusXM has announced that Chief Executive Officer, James E. Meyer, intends to retire on December 31, 2020. Upon Mr. Meyer’s retirement, Jennifer C. Witz, President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Gregory B. Maffei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sirius XM Holdings Inc. stated, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Jim for his outstanding service, helping to create the leader in audio entertainment in North America. During his tenure as CEO, SiriusXM has grown to become a diversified audio entertainment provider that is poised to reach more than 150 million people, the largest addressable digital audio audience in North America. We are a better company for his stewardship. We look forward to continuing to work with him on the Board and to build on SiriusXM’s strong momentum.”

Mr. Maffei continued, “Our Board of Directors is thrilled to unanimously appoint Jennifer as the next CEO. With nearly two decades of success at the Company, no one is better suited for this position. Jennifer brings the thorough understanding of our business from every angle. She has played a key role in significantly growing SiriusXM’s subscriber base. Jennifer will lead the Company’s strong executive team as it continues building out its platforms and executes on its growth strategies.”

“It has been a privilege to lead SiriusXM, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together over the last eight years,” said Mr. Meyer. “This Company has never been in a better position. We have transformed our business, growing SiriusXM and its offerings, welcoming the team from Pandora through our game changing combination and increasing our scale in podcasting with Simplecast and the pending acquisition of Stitcher. Today, we deliver the best content with a consumer reach that is unmatched in audio entertainment in North America. My decision to retire has long been in the works, and now is the right time to begin this transition. I could not be handing the reins over to a stronger leader than Jennifer. I know firsthand how talented and innovative she is, and I believe she will drive SiriusXM to new heights. This is a key time for SiriusXM, and I look forward to working with Jennifer to ensure a smooth transition as we execute on our near-term priorities.”

Ms. Witz commented, “I am honored to take on the role of CEO and lead SiriusXM at this exciting time. We have the best audio content available anywhere and incredible growth platforms. At SiriusXM, we are rolling out new programming, introducing new technology and expanding our OEM relationships, while pursuing new avenues of growth at Pandora and strengthening our position in the podcasting space. It has been an extraordinary privilege working with Jim and learning from him over the years. SiriusXM has tremendous opportunities ahead. I look forward to working closely with Scott Greenstein, Sean Sullivan and the rest of our talented management team and our incredible employees to capture those opportunities, drive growth and enhance stockholder value.”

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SiriusXM Extends and Expands Relationship with General Motors

NEW YORK, NY (09.15.2020) – SiriusXM has announced an extension of its long-term agreement with General Motors (GM) that will continue the relationship between the two companies into 2027.  As part of the new agreement, GM will increase vehicles equipped with SiriusXM to nearly all Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles beginning with model year 2021.

“General Motors was the first automaker to begin factory-installing SiriusXM on select Cadillac models in 2002, and we are very proud to be extending and expanding that longstanding relationship into 2027,” said Steve Cook, EVP, Sales and Automotive, for SiriusXM.  “GM, forever a leader in delivering innovative technology to their customers, has produced tens of millions of vehicles with SiriusXM installed over the course of nearly 20 years and will deliver SiriusXM to more of their customers than ever as part of this new agreement.”

“Our long-standing relationship with SiriusXM reinforces GM’s commitment to provide our customers with the features and services they love,” said Santiago Chamorro, Vice President for Global Connected Services, GM.  “No matter where they’re going, or how long a trip will be, SiriusXM has a channel or content option for everyone, making the ride that much more enjoyable.”

Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac customers purchasing or leasing SiriusXM equipped vehicles will continue to receive a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM All Access, SiriusXM’s most robust programming package.  SiriusXM All Access delivers SiriusXM’s full lineup of varied content, plus access to SiriusXM outside their vehicles on the SiriusXM app and on connected devices and speakers in their homes.  Customers who purchase or lease pre-owned Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will also continue to receive a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM All Access.

Additionally, GM will continue to roll out its integration of SiriusXM with 360L to nearly 1 million Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.  The number of GM vehicles equipped with SiriusXM with 360L will continue to increase in the years ahead.  SiriusXM with 360L combines satellite and streaming content delivery into a single in-vehicle entertainment experience, upgrading the way the subscriber interacts with the service by providing more choice, a more personalized user experience, and access to thousands of hours of on demand content in the vehicle.

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