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SiriusXM, Crooked Media Strike a Multi-Platform Deal

In a news release, SiriusXM stated that Crooked Media co-founders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor are excited to partner with the company.

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SiriusXM and Crooked Media have struck a multi-platform deal that promises revenue-grossing opportunities for both companies and a broader audience when it comes to podcast delivery. 

In a news release, SiriusXM stated that Crooked Media co-founders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor are excited to partner with the company.

“We are excited to team up with SiriusXM to extend that mission to a bigger audience,” they said. “This deal allows Crooked to invest in more shows, expand our creative network and reach more listeners while remaining a fully independent company, which has been crucial to our ability to make great shows and mobilize a growing, engaged community.”

Crooked Media is a left-leaning media outlet founded in 2017. They announced their top-ranked podcasts, including Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, and Pod Save the World, will join the SiriusXM network through the 2024 election.

SiriusXM will also distribute both audio and video content from Crooked Media’s podcasts on SiriusXM, including on its radio platform and the SXM App.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Crooked Media and will use our platforms to help them grow their audience as well as drive value to our SiriusXM subscribers” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.

SiriusXM is expected to use its multi-platform scale to reach an even larger audience for the voices of Crooked Media’s podcasts, including listeners of SiriusXM radio channels, whose paid subscribers total more than 32 million.

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Joe Pags Criticizes Fox News Digital for ‘Slanted’ Reporting

Radio host Joe Pags Friday criticized Fox News Digital for its reporting on the story regarding a special counsel investigating Donald Trump.

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U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland announced Friday a special counsel to investigate the Department of Justice investigations into former President Donald Trump. 

Nationally syndicated radio host Joe Pags Friday criticized Fox News Digital for its reporting on the story. Pags accused the writers of using a slant to advance a narrative about what happened on Jan 6. 

“Not a very good job, they sound like they are skewed,” he said. “Trump supporters storming the Capitol, we don’t know who stormed the Capitol because they won’t tell us who was there or how many FBI agents were there.” 

“Garland clarified that when it came to the investigation into Jan. 6, Smith would not be handling the investigation or prosecution of Trump supporters that breached the U.S. Capitol,” the article stated.

“They didn’t say alleged or anything,” stated Pags. “Even Fox News just writes stuff that is slanted as hell, it’s un-journalistic, you have to say alleged or that the Department of Justice says. You can’t just say it because then you are attributing to yourself as if you have knowledge of the situation.” 

Pags has won multiple Associated Press awards for excellence in journalism in both Michigan and New York. Michigan Association of Broadcasting award-winner and has been cited by the US House of Representatives and the State of Michigan for his broadcasts following the attacks of 9/11.

“At the end of the day I just want real news,” added Pags. 

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KMOX Shuffling Weekday Lineup

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning November 28th, Wheeler will move from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1p-5p where he’ll join the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10a-1p. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for the 1p-2p hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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