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SiriusXM Unveils Convention Coverage

SiriusXM has put together around-the-clock convention coverage featuring several “pop-up” radio shows from each host city. A new channel called “Convention Radio” will let both sides of the political aisle have a chance to maximize their time in the spotlight.

At the RNC in Tampa, Convention Radio will feature conservative voices such as Will Cain and S.E. Cupp from TheBlaze. In Charlotte, the DNC coverage will have shows hosted by Daily Kos contributors.

“We are proud to bring our subscribers this extensive and diverse collection of political coverage, particularly now when the conversation about the country’s direction for the next four years is front and center,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Our subscribers can choose between a variety of perspectives, call in to share their own views, and experience the RNC and DNC as if they were there.”

Those interested can tune in on the first day of the Republican Convention, Aug. 27, on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 142 and on SiriusXM Patriot Plus online. SiriusXM Convention Radio will also air from the Democratic National Convention beginning Sept. 4 on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 142 and on SiriusXM Left Plus online.

In addition to the special programming, SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel will carry every speech from both conventions live. Hosts Tim Farley, Julie Mason and Pete Dominick will be on hand to broadcast live with guests and get immediate reaction to the events.

The full lineup and channel information can be found at www.siriusxm.com/Election2012

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Behind the Scenes With the Bawdy Julie Mason

When we heard that Julie Mason was leaving her post as White House Reporter for Politico to begin a radio show on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel, we were intrigued. While many reporters love to hear themselves talk, not everyone can hold an audience for three full hours. Not only is she hosting her own radio show, she’s also keeping extra busy this time of year as Secretary for the White House Correspondents’ Association. Mason is known for her bawdy personality and sharp wit, so our preconceived notion was that radio could fit her like a glove.

We caught up with her last week to see just how natural a transition it has been to go from print to radio. Upon entering the impressive SiriusXM complex in the NoMa neighborhood, we were greeted by Patrick Ferrise, Mason’s producer. Immediately we can see the perks of working here. It’s constantly stocked with snacks, drinks and goodies for visiting guests. Ferrise sips a can of seltzer and says he never really drank soda until he started working there.

As we enter the nerve center of the P.O.T.U.S. studios, Mason is deep into prep for her show, “The Press Pool.” In the next room, Tim Farley, the Program Director of the POTUS channel is wrapping up his own show, “The Morning Briefing.” While she continues to prepare, Julie says that she is enjoying the adjustment to radio. However, there was a learning curve. Her bosses told her that she was going to need to learn how to run a soundboard, which is something many talk radio hosts don’t even do anymore. When we’re talking about the soundboard, think of the control center of the Starship Enterprise. A large console of glowing lights and buttons that, for most people, might as well be part of a space shuttle. Mason says, “My employers have been so patient with me as I learn my way around the board (Limbaugh doesn’t run his own board!) and all about radio.”

As Farley wrapped up his show, Mason assumed her position behind the console and kicked off the show. She started by talking to Stephen Dinan, National Politics Correspondent for TWT about the now-dead Buffett rule. And then things started to shake up a bit. POTUS (The President, not the radio station) began talking about increasing oversight on manipulation in the oil market. This is what makes P.O.T.U.S. different from almost any other radio station. They carry it live, uninterrupted. They also carry Jay Carney’s press briefing uninterrupted each day. It’s a task that has given Mason many headaches considering Carney is rarely on time. We asked if this was a constant source of frustration. “Killing that time before the briefing is a radio skill I am learning, along with making a smooth transition when he finally comes to the podium,” she says. “It’s not frustrating, it’s challenging! Which I am sure is Jay’s intention. We are the only news organization that still runs every briefing, which I do think is pretty cool, for all my grumping about it on the air.” After POTUS wraps up, Mason checks in with their in-house Washington Correspondent, Jared Rizzi. It’s time for the briefing.

While the briefing is carried live, Mason gets to step away to decompress. The night before, Bill O’Reilly had called Mason a “loon” because she suggested that he and Glenn Beck may have damaged the Fox News brand. Tim Farley enters to make sure that Mason has seen an email he sent to her suggesting a new logo for her show: A picture of a loon. Mason takes the ribbing in good stride and says she realizes things are different now that she’s in radio. If someone had called her a partisan loon while she was still working in print, she might have gotten in trouble. Now that she’s in radio, her bosses could not have been happier.

The whole time that Mason and I are chatting… Read more

Bill Sent Grand Total of Two Emails, Chelsea Gives Driest Answer Ever

Earlier this month, SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.’ Tim Farley sat down with former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton at the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University.  CGI U convenes approximately 1,000 students from all over the world with nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change.

Clinton spoke on the Internet age. At no point does he confirm that his V.P. Al Gore created it. He said he sent two emails while in office (which is probably a good thing all things considered?):

“When I took office the average cell phone weighed five pounds, and there were 50 sites on the entire internet—50! More than that has gotten added since this interview started. And the emails were being subpoenaed by Congress so I sent a grand total of two. Keep in mind that in the beginning, there were no emails in the way that we came to think of them during the 90s. They were inter-office communication, and the first emails were sent over the internet so research physicists and national defense related technologies could share their findings immediately. And to answer to your question is…young people can have a disproportionate role in this space because they are more tech-savvy.”

Details: Farley’s one-on-one interviews with the Clintons will be featured on “Politics Aside: A Conversation with the Clintons,” debuting April 20 at 6 pm ET on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. (ch.124). Encore presentations will air on April 21 at 7 am, 1 pm and 7 pm; on April 22 at 1 am and 2 pm; and on April 23 at 3 am.

Farley asks Chelsea the funniest question ever — “Are you enjoying making a difference?” What’s she going to say? ‘Well,  as a matter-of-fact, no, Tim. I hate making a difference.” She replies, “I am, deeply.” At least she kept that monstrosity brief. See Chelsea’s infinitely drier answer… Read more

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. From Iowa

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., a non-partisan channel dedicated to the “Politics of the United States” hosts Tim Farley and Julie Mason, who will broadcast live coverage from the Polk County Convention Complex in Iowa throughout the day until 11 p.m., including a special edition of “The Press Pool” hosted by Mason, a veteran White House correspondent, from noon – 3 p.m. Mason will be joined on-site by Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet, Politico‘s Mike Allen (who’s deep in the Des Moines Fishbowl) and LAT‘s James Oliphant.

Caucus results coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Farley and Mason will be joined by John Decker and Adam Belmar from the SiriusXM studios in Washington, DC. Wrap-up reports will air on January 4.

Want more SiriusXM political coverage? Try SiriusXM Patriot’s Iowa coverage, which includes a live Cam & Company from NRANews.com hosted by Cam Edwards on January 3 from 9 p.m. – midnight. NRANews.com’s Cameron Gray will report on the day’s happenings live from Iowa, with SiriusXM Patriot hosts Andrew Wilkow, David Webb and Mike Church offering analysis.

“Politics on the Rocks” Tonight: Mason, Milbank, Henry & More

If you haven’t had your fill of Julie Mason and Sirius XM Radio posts today, you’re in luck.  Because Mason will join an all-star lineup of journo guests on POTUS Channel’s “Politics on the Rocks” tonight at 7 pm.  Kicking off the one-year countdown to the 2012 election, the show returns to the Truman Lounge at the National Press Club to broadcast live on SXM 124.

Hosted by PoliOptics’ Adam Belmar, tonight’s POTR panel includes Tim Farley, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, FNC White House correspondent Ed Henry, Hearst’s Llewellyn King, PBS’s Darren Gersh, AP’s Mark Hamrick…and of course, the lovely and talented Julie Mason.

Shake, mix, stir or sling yourself a cocktail and then tune into POTR tonight.

Kennedy Coverage on Radio

SIRIUS XM: Joe Mathieu will anchor POTUS tonight and will be joined by Tim Farley tomorrow from 10:30amET to 1pmET. Live coverage will continue throughout the day and will include reporting on the 5:30pmET burial. There’s also a special tribute of audio clips to Senator Kennedy on the website.

Air America Washington: WZAA 1050AM will carry the Funeral live from Boston Saturday. Also online at www.airamericawashington.com.