Michael Smerconish to Launch Exclusive Daily Show on SiriusXM
One of most successful syndicated talk radio hosts, rare independent political
voice, leading political commentator and bestselling author now heard
exclusively on SiriusXM
Live, daily call-in "Michael Smerconish Program" to air on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.
non-partisan channel dedicated to the "Politics of the United States"
Smerconish expected to expand audience and elevate national conversation
during drive time coast-to-coast
NEW YORK, March 6, 2013
NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI)
announced today that it will be the exclusive radio home to veteran
broadcaster Michael Smerconish, nationally syndicated radio host, MSNBC
contributor, bestselling author and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist.
Beginning April 15, The Michael Smerconish Program will cease broadcasting on
terrestrial radio and start on SiriusXM in an expanded format that builds on
Smerconish's spirited discussions of government, politics, and current events
without predictable left/right bias. The show will expand Smerconish's depth
and breadth of topics beyond the restrictions of local radio formats.The
Michael Smerconish Program will be a forum where listeners are encouraged to
debate and challenge opinions without being shut down, on which guests from
every political party are welcome, and where subjects can be surprising and
"I am ecstatic to join SiriusXM, which I see as the dynamic future of radio
broadcasting," said Michael Smerconish. "I look forward to talking with
SiriusXM's diverse, national audience, delivering a program that transcends
the polarization that exists not only in Washington but in the media and
country at large. It's time to take the national conversation to a higher
plane, and I invite listeners nationwide with views that don't stack up neatly
in any ideological box the way we're told they should to join."
"Michael Smerconish is one of the most compelling, entertaining and powerful
voices in talk radio who places personal conviction over political agenda and
we welcome him to satellite radio," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief
Content Officer, SiriusXM. "Now, on SiriusXM, we can't wait to see what he
does with the freedom of our unrestricted, uncensored, truly national platform
and our engaged audience. We welcome his many current fans and look forward to
new fans discovering Michael on SiriusXM."
The new show will air weekdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET exclusively on
SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124, SiriusXM's non-partisan channel dedicated to
the "Politics of the United States." The Michael Smerconish Program will
replay during evening drive from 6:00 – 9:00 pm ET, and will be available on
SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio
App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com.
A Philadelphia lawyer turned political commentator, Smerconish started on
radio in Philadelphia in the early 90s, growing to market-leading ratings and
launching into successful national syndication. He publicly dropped his
longtime Republican status to challenge the establishment as an independent.
In August 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President
Barack Obama live from the White House. He has since interviewed Obama six
more times, most recently in the Oval Office in October 2012.
Smerconish is an on-air contributor with MSNBC and the primary guest host for
Hardball with Chris Matthews. He has been a guest on virtually every
television program where politics is discussed, including: Today, The Colbert
Report, The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, The View and Real Time with Bill
In 2009, Radio & Records named Smerconish News/Talk/Sports Local Personality
of the Year. In 2011 the National Association of Broadcasters selected
Smerconish as a Marconi Award finalist in the category of Best
Network/Syndicated Host. In March 2013, Talkers ranked Smerconish's audience
in the top ten.
Smerconish is the author of five books, including The New York Times
bestsellers Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise
Airline Safety Post 9/11—for which he donated his proceeds to the Garden of
Reflection, a 9/11 tribute garden in his native Bucks County, Pennsylvania—and
Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories that Should Be Fiction,
Murdered By Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice (co-authored
with Maureen Faulkner and for which he donated his proceeds to the Daniel
Faulkner Educational Grant Fund). His other books include Morning Drive:
Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking; and Instinct: The Man Who
Stopped the 20th Hijacker (the story of Jose Melendez-Perez, for which he
donated his proceeds to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville,
SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. tells the story of American politics with unbiased news
programs, live coverage of major political events inside and outside the
beltway, and on-air commentary from listeners that shape political discussion.
For more information, visit www.siriusxm.com/potus.
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