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SiriusXM Channel Spotlight: 1st Wave

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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SiriusXM 1st Wave is dedicated to classic 80’s alternative music. When tuning into to channel 33, you will hear music from artists like The Smiths, The Pretenders, The Cure, The Clash and all of your other favorites from the era. Fans of Sirius XMU’s “Old School” show should definitely check out 1st Wave, if you haven’t already! Besides the regular playlists that are chock full o’ classic alternative, you can also catch “This Is The Day”,  a show that highlights 1st Wave artists’ birthdays, major moments in alt music history that occurred on that day, and tons of other date-related content! Catch “This Is The Day” hosted by Richard Blade every weekday at 3pm.

1st Wave is also a great choice for weekend listening! Friday nights at 9pmEST you can tune in for 360 minutes of classic alternative party tunes with former MTV “120 Minutes” host Dave Kendall…and that’s just getting your weekend started! Saturday nights are a must-listen as well with the “Saturday Night Safety Dance”! The S.N.S.D. is a whopping 8 HOURS of continuous dance mixes from artists like Depeche Mode, New Order, Pet Shop Boys and more. 1st Wave is the perfect party soundtrack every Saturday night! Tune into the “Saturday Night Safety Dance” each Saturday at 8pmEST.

If that weren’t enough, Sunday nights on 1st Wave really brings it home. Check out “Dark Wave” each Sunday night at 10pm to catch music from artists like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Love & Rockets and more! You definitely won’t find shows like this on FM.

1st Wave Product Suggestion:

XM XpressRCi with PowerConnect Car Kit

If you are a fan of Sirius XM’s 1st Wave, you are clearly a music lover and there’s no better choice for a music lover than the XM XpressRCi. The XpressRCi allows you to save and store up to 10 songs on your radio for later listening! It also features the Replay function that lets you pause and rewind up to 60 minutes of live radio, so if you wanna hear a song again – the XpressRCi has got you covered! The XpressRCi includes a PowerConnect car kit for easy installation in your vehicle and can be used at home or on the go with the optional XM home kit or SiriusXM boombox.

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SiriusXM Channel Spotlight: Studio 54 Radio

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
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This past Monday SiriusXM launched Studio 54 Radio, a brand new channel dedicated to the best classic dance and disco. The channel is being executive produced by legendary DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez (who also happened to produce early Madonna songs like “Borderline” and “Holiday”), will also lend the channel some classic mixes of 70’s and 80’s dance hits from his personal collection. In addition to Jellybean Benitez, Studio 54 Radio has some other figures from Studio 54’s heyday in the mix. Original Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano will be spinning tunes every week along with other special guest DJs from the era.

Somewhat surprisingly, music will not be the only content on Studio 54 Radio. The channel will also feature a weekly interview show hosted by Studio 54 doorman Marc Benecke and Myra Scheer, who was owner Steve Rubell’s executive assistant. The Marc and Myra Show will feature special guests who worked at Studio 54, club regulars, and celebrities who frequented – all unedited. As Jellybean Benitez told the New York Times: “It’s the only place you’ll be able to hear what actually happened there.”

Studio 54 Radio Product Suggestion:

XMp3i XM Receiver and Mp3 Player with Home Kit

What better way to enjoy classic dance music and disco than on the go! With the XMp3i you can dance your way through the day, wherever you are. The XMp3i allows you to listen to and record live satellite radio practically anywhere while offering the convenience of a Mp3 player. With the XMp3i and Studio 54 Radio, you’ll never be without your favorite dance hits! In addition to the awesome portability, the XMp3i also includes a home kit, so it’s the most versatile satellite radio out of the box as well. And if you really never wanna miss a beat – add a car kit to use your XMp3i everywhere you are!

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SiriusXM Channel Spotlight: Shade 45

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Shade 45 is Eminem’s exclusive channel for SiriusXM. Shade 45 features uncensored hip hop from artists like founder Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, G-Unit and more! The channel also features some of the biggest hip hop DJs doing live on-air mixes, original programming, countdown shows, and tons of special events. Shade 45 is a must-listen for serious hip-hop fans.

Shade 45 recently announced that Sway Calloway, best know as a former MTV VJ, will be taking over mornings on the channel. “Sway in the Morning” will feature special guests, in-studio interviews, song premieres, music news and more live every weekday morning from 8am-Noon. Eminem says of Sway in the Morning: “I got my start on radio with Sway and so it only makes sense for things to come full-circle and have him join the family at Shade 45. I’m looking forward to the honor of Sway making mornings better on Shade 45 for a long time to come.” Look for Sway starting Monday, July 18th.

In addition to Sway joining the Shade 45 crew, you can also hear great shows like “The All Out Show with Lord Sear and Rude Jude” every weekday at 4pm ET, “Smashtime Radio with DJ Clinton Sparks” Mondays at 8pm ET, “G Unit Saturdays featuring DJ Whoo Kid” Saturdays at 10am ET and TONS more! There are special shows almost every night of the week featuring unique mixes, world premiere songs, and lots of in-studio guests.


Shade 45 Product Suggestion:

SiriusXM Portable Sound System


Hip-hop is all about booming bass, so what better way to listen to Shade 45 than with a great sounding boombox! The SXABB1 offers 30 watts of power and a 2-way speaker system to give you amazing sound quality and ultra-portability. The boombox includes an AC power adapter & antenna and is compatible with several Sirius and XM radios – making it ready to go right out of the box. You can also use the SXABB1 with batteries, plug in an iPod or other Mp3 player into the AUX port, or listen with headphones. The SXABB1 is a must-have accessory for any Shade 45 fan!

Learn more about Shade 45 on their website, or ask us questions about out product suggestion at sales@tss-radio.com.

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SiriusXM Channel Spotlight: Sirius XMU

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
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We’re introducing a new feature on the TSS-Radio.com blog! The new column is called the SiriusXM Channel Spotlight, and just like the title says, we’ll be covering some of the unique channels SiriusXM has to offer. In addition to highlighting programming, we’ll also give product suggestions to help enjoy the channel, share some videos, and other fun stuff to help you get to know the channel.

Our first installment will focus on Sirius XMU, channel 35. Hope you like it and feel free to let us know what channels you’d like to learn more about or general suggestions on Twitter! Follow and tweet us at @TSSRadio.

Sirius XMU is North America’s Indie Rock station. Focusing on music from independent, unsigned, and under the radar bands and musicians, Sirius XMU is a truly unique channel. Besides offering a great playlist, Sirius XMU also features special features like their wonderful Sirius XMU Sessions series. Sessions is a half hour of stripped-down, live performances and interviews with groundbreaking indie artists. Sessions has featured exclusive, in-studio performances from artists like The Decemberists, Spoon, Broken Bells, She & Him and more.

In addition to regular playlists hosted by Sirius XMU DJs like Jake Fogelnest, Jenny Eliscu, and others, Sirius XMU also features some of the internet’s most popular bloggers every day on their Blog Radio show. Blog Radio airs each weekday at Noon (EST) and is hosted by bloggers from GorillaVsBear.net, HipsterRunoff.com, BrooklynVegan.com and more. Blog Radio is the only place on radio to find cutting edge artists and tracks.

Sirius XMU also presents listeners with the most buzzed and blogged about tracks of the week on the Download 15 countdown show and takes a look at the history of indie rock on the Sirius Old School Show each Sunday. Fans of indie rock, or anybody interested in discovering new music, will find something great on Sirius XMU.

Sirius XMU Product Suggestion:

Grace Wireless Allegro Internet Radio

Sirius XMU is one of the most technology-forward channels on SiriusXM, so it only makes sense that a fan of Sirius XMU would probably get a lot of enjoyment out of the Grace Wireless Allegro Internet Radio. The Allegro is a portable internet radio that allows you to stream the SiriusXM internet feed, Pandora, or one of many thousands of internet radio stations. Listen to your favorite Sirius XMU shows anywhere with Wi-Fi, or discover even more great new music!

Learn more about Sirius XMU on their website, or ask us questions about out product suggestion at sales@tss-radio.com.

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Jake Fogelnest: Part Two!

Monday, October 11th, 2010
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Without further ado… I give you Part Two if my Jake Fogelnest, Sirius XM DJ and Stern contributor!

What’s the best part of working at XMU/Alt Nation?

The people are great.  It amazes me, I’ve been at Sirius XM for four years and I’ve never had an argument once.  I love who I work with. Rob Cross and Jeff Regan, Gregg Steele, Steve Blatter. It’s like all the guys who GET IT in radio seem to come work at Sirius.

It’s also pretty damn awesome who passes through the halls.  I get to interview all these amazing bands and see them perform a few feet from my face.

And the way we produce stuff it gives me lots of free time to work on other projects.

I am really happy to be at Sirius XM – it’s the best job in radio.  I feel bad for anyone who works somewhere else!

Do you get to choose any of the music you play?

Jeff and Rob are extremely good about that. I’m always asked for my input but I don’t take advantage of it nearly as much as I should. The thing is those dudes are so great at programming there’s not a lot for me to complain about!

What have been your most memorable interviews? The good / The bad?

I got to interview DEVO this year which was a total dream come true.  I’ve been interviewing bands since I was a kid, but no band has meant more to me than Devo.  Just getting to sit down with those guys and get them to sign my energy dome was amazing.

Do you ever get to hang out with Howard?

Howard is amazing.  I’ve been lucky enough to be around the Stern show since I was 17.  The first time I called in to the show I was 13.  I made a phony phone call to a local Bible show in Philadelphia:

“Can you say a prayer for my sick daughter… and have you ordered Howard Stern’s Butt Bongo Fiesta 1-800-52-Stern?”

Howard and Robin loved it.

The whole Stern show crew have been so cool to me over the years.  I got to see a screening of “Private Parts” with them, one of the first times the whole crew had actually seen the film.  I got to go to Scores and have Lonnie take care of me on my 18th birthday.  They just recently replayed me as a guest on the Stern show when I was seventeen years-old.  Howard had me on as a guest because MTV had canceled my show, there were all kinds of rumors about me with drugs and he wanted to hear the story.

I was actually pretty amazed listening back to it a few months ago.  I was seventeen when it aired. My show had just been canceled.  I wasn’t officially hired at K-Rock yet.  That could’ve been the absolute end of my career right there.  And I found myself listening to it, almost fifteen years later… and it wasn’t the end of my career at all, but the start.  I can’t tell you the gratitude that filled me with.

One other cool Stern story: The day after he left for Sirius, I ripped the “MIC 1″ button off of his radio console.  I didn’t like the idea of anyone turning on that mic besides Howard. I stole it to ensure it would never be used by anyone but him. Besides, it was easy to replace. David Lee Roth could use a replacement.

One morning I heard Howard was gloating about the demise of K-Rock and CBS Radio and he mentioned feeling a bit nostalgic about his old console. I decided it was time to return this item to Howard.  So I gave it to Tim Sabean.

Tim had the button enclosed in a glass box and gave it to Howard.  He thought it was really great and has it in his office.  I thought that was an insanely cool thing for Tim to do.  I’m glad I was able to return that little piece of history to the Stern Show.

Anything else you can think of that our TSS Contingent would want to know?

I think it’s the job of a disc jockey to be unobtrusive and as non-annoying as possible while playing the music.  There are so many DJ’s that try to force in their agenda instead of just presenting the music and some brief cool stuff with it.  Those DJ’s need to find other outlets to get that sh*t out of their system.  I hope that when people listen to me on Sirius XM I’m doing my job right — just trying to be slightly amusing and not being too much of a pain in the ass in between the songs!

TSS Radio is awesome – all you guys are so cool and such great fans of what Sirius XM does.  And it’s been a pleasure to promote it during my idiotic webcast on Friday night!!  It’s cool to talk radio stuff and Howard!  Not that I don’t love VH1 and comedy and everything, but radio is such a big part of my life.  You guys are like Sirius XM’s biggest supporters and that is AWESOME!!!!

Thanks, Jake… We think you’re alright too!

Follow Jake on Twitter at @jakefogelnest

And follow me on Twitter at @TSSKaren

:-) Karen

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Jake Fogelnest, Sirius XM DJ: Part One!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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In a new feature on my little section of the TSS-Radio blog, I bring you an interview that I did with Jake Fogelnest,Sirius XMU and occasional Sirius XM Alt Nation DJ.

Jake is a regular contributor to VH1’s I Love the 80’s, I Love the 90’s, and I Love the 2000’s, and Best Week Ever. Jake’s work has been seen on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” the film We Hot American Summer, The John Stewart Show, Howard Stern, and Late Night With Conan O’Brian. You may also have caught his stage work with the likes of Sarah Silverman when he served as the assistant director for her one-woman show Jesus is Magic.

For us old-school fans, we remember Jake fondly as the kid that interviewed Liz Phair and Cypress Hill on his bed in the MTV show, Squirt TV:  SQUiRT TV!

Jake was nice enough to let me ask him pretty much whatever I wanted about his new digs at Sirius XM. I bring you, JAKE FOGELNEST: PART ONE: Behind the Scenes

TSS-Karen:

How did you go from SQUiRT TV to VH1 to Sirius but you’re a writer/blogger/tv personality… How did you get into satellite radio?

Jake Fogelnest:

In 1996 K-Rock switched from a classic rock format to “alternative.”.  My show had just ended on MTV and I was seventeen and unemployed.  I  called the request line and a DJ named “Sluggo” picked up the phone.  I said, “Hey, it’s Jake Fogelnest! I wanna be on K-Rock!” He knew who I was and thought it was an awesome idea!  Next thing you know I was having a meeting with legendary KROQ programmer Kevin Weatherly and I was on the air.

I know, I know – I’m a terrible person. I didn’t travel around the country. I got my first job in radio over the request line…

I worked at K-Rock from like seventeen to nineteen.  I hosted a weekly new music show called “The Buzz.” Then I quit for some stupid reason.  Probably because I was angry they wouldn’t let me play a Sleater-Kinney record or something.  I got involved with comedy stuff with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Around 2004 I heard that same DJ Sluggo back on the air in New York so I called him up just to say hello.  Turns out he was being ISDN’d in from LA and that there was an awesome new program director at K-Rock, Rob Cross that Sluggo said I had to meet with.  So I met Rob and he was AWESOME.  I was quickly hired back at K-Rock and it was so much more fun the second time around.  Rob and I have very similar sensibilities so it was a blast.

Then Howard Stern announced he was leaving terrestrial radio for Sirius.

That’s when things got really interesting.

David Lee Roth showed up on Stern and they announced he’d be taking over and they were switching the format to FREE-FM in a few months.

In an act of madness I decided to get in a cab, go up to the station and ask Gary if Howard Stern knew that he’d indirectly just fired a bunch of people with his announcement.  During the cab ride up I left a voicemail for Ross Zapin who was already working at Sirius. I told Ross, “I’m on my way up to Stern… And I want a job.  Call me later”

I ended up on the Stern show that morning for almost an hour.  Howard was amazing.  I have the tape if you’d like to hear it. He thought the way management was handling things was terrible and was beyond unsupportive.

Sometime after that Rob Cross, the awesome program director I was working for decided to leave K-Rock and go work for… You guessed it, Sirius.

I was still on the air at K-Rock, but in a few months I’d be done.  A new program director came in and didn’t like the attitude I had been using on the air so he suspended me.  I had to go meet with him.  I figured he’d either pull me off the air immediately or let me back on for a few weeks after giving me a lecture.  What did it matter, I was out the door anyway?  Instead he didn’t something I wasn’t expecting.  He offered me a job.  I am the only person in the history of EVER to get offered their own talk show by getting fired by the same person who hired me.

Right as I was preparing to start this new talk show on Free FM I got a call from Sirius.   An executive named Walter Sabo called me in for a meeting. He said “You’re amazing, you should be over here with us – how would you like to EXECUTIVE PRODUCE Howard’s new years eve show?” Howard’s contract was going to expire at midnight and it would be the first time he could call in and legally be heard on Sirius.

The thing that sucked was, I had this handshake with Tom Chiusano and CBS to start the new Free FM show in a few DAYS!  So I took the gig for the weekend, but kept my name off the air.  Instantly I knew after producing that show I had to be at Sirius.

I made a deal with the folks at CBS Radio – I would do the talk show, but if I could put something together at Sirius, I’d like to do that too.  At first they were okay with it and then the whole thing with Howard’s lawsuit went down. They went back on their word.

I never signed a contract with CBS which was one of the smartest things I ever did.  David Lee Roth was s***canned and they were bringing in Opie and Anthony.  I knew I was about eleven seconds from being canceled.  So very quickly and quietly, I signed my deal with Sirius XM.  Then when CBS called to give me the bad news… I beat them to it and said “Actually, I just signed a deal with Sirius — but I’ll still take my severance since you technically “fired” me.”

It was one of the rare instances of show business where things worked out PERFECTLY and I did stuff right.

Part Two: Coming Soon!

:-) Karen

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My Rosie Review of Rosie O’Donnel’s Sirius XM Show

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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When I heard that Rosie O’Donnell would be adding a Sirius XM talk show to her repertoire, I couldn’t wait.

She had been so friendly and kind on her television show but we never really heard much about her personal life.  After her show ended we got to see a different, more vocal, Rosie O’Donnell.  She came out as a huge advocate for the gay community and, of course, made waves for a while on The View.

I can’t say that I caught many episodes of The View but I always caught the, er, highlights on The Soup each weekend; especially when she flipped her hair over and impersonated Donald Trump. I knew that, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, she could do and say anything she wanted so I was definitely intrigued to find out about the real Rosie.

I’ve been recording her shows daily with myXM XMP3i Portable Radio and after hearing her for the last few months, I’ve been blown away almost every show.  Her guests have included not only other Sirius XM hosts like Howard Stern and Covino and Rich, but also award winning authors, child advocates, comediennes like Kathy Griffin, Broadway stars, and even women she met at the grocery store. She crafts, she sings, she discusses her divorce, her kids, her new relationship, her struggles with weight, her political views, her childhood, her love of her new squirrel friend, Shady (whom she named after rapper Eminem – who knew?!), and, well, the daily doings of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Rosie is, hilariously and unapologetically, who she is.

In addition to her Sirius XM duties, rumor has it that Rosie will be starting up a new tv show in the coming months. I, for one, am looking forward. I imagine it’ll be similar to Oprah’s After Show or Howard Stern’s Wrap Up Show, in that, Rosie will interview her guest and then take to the radio to give her real thoughts and opinions on that day’s program.

You won’t want to miss the Real Rosie! You can hear her on Sirius channel 108, XM channel 155 from 10-Noon Eastern.

:-) karen [at] tss-radio.com

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