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SiriusXM Has Inauguration Covered From Every Angle

POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks.

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Inauguration Day will garner coverage from all types of media outlets and understandably dominate the news cycle on Wednesday, but SIRIUSXM radio devoted a full 24 hours of coverage to the inauguration of Mr. Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States across its four exclusive political talk channels. POTUS provided the most centric coverage of the big day. Morning Show host Julie Mason was particularly busy. In addition to hosting her regular program, Julie Mason Mornings, she is also set to host a pair a special coverage blocks. The first covers the actual inauguration from 12-2 P.M. while the second covers the beginnings of the inauguration’s celebrations. The second block of special coverage is set to air from 6 -8 p.m., but the time slot could be extended if warranted.

In between, Michael Smerconish adopted the role of a sports pre-game show host, wrapping up the final hours of the Trump presidency and looking forward to the Joe Biden administration. Smerconish also broke the news that Trump left early on Marine One, breaking many long standing traditions that include an outgoing president not attending his successor’s inauguration for the first time since 1869.

In keeping with theme of breaking traditions, Smerconish interviewed Jean Becker, the former Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush, to explain the protocols an outgoing president is supposed to follow on inauguration day.

“Some of these will be followed, but many will not,” Becker said with a laugh. “I think sharing just some of these rules for outgoing presidents is particularly poignant on this special day.”

Smerconish then outlines the procedural aspects of the day. Vice President Kamala Harris will be sworn in first and then at Noon,  Biden will take the oath of office.  Biden is then expected to sign Executive Orders and virtually swear in some members of his cabinet and staff before attending the inauguration party.

 SIRIUSXM’s partisan political channels like, Patriot and Progress also offered extensive coverage of the inauguration, but from conservative and liberal viewpoints respectively.  Sirius XM Urban View host Joe Madison discussed the inauguration and its impacts on the African-American culture with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

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News Media Reacts to Justice Stephen Breyer Retiring

The news media world is reacting to Breyer retiring and the next person Biden should appoint to replace him.

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NBC News’ Pete Williams reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring from the bench. As a result, President Joe Biden will have the opportunity to nominate the first justice of his presidency.

Breyer’s announcement of his retirement comes months after speculation whether his decision to step down for the express purpose of letting Biden and Congressional Democrats uphold the ideological balance of the court.

The news media world is reacting to Breyer retiring and the next person Biden should appoint to replace him.

SiriusXM host Joe Madison has already the ideal replacement to replace the outgoing Breyer.

Radio host Erick Erickson states that Biden needs a young judge and that Democrats won’t get too far left.

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin states that the president has the opportunity to appoint someone that can serve for several decades.

Fox New’s Guy Benson believes that if there’s no ideological shift on the court is at stake, the appointment could be a smooth transition.

Radio host Clay Travis believes Breyer’s retirement is sending a strong signal to the Democrats.

Ben Shapiro believes that Breyer’s departure is a sign of what will come at the midterm elections later this year.

Chip Franklin made it known that he had Justice Breyer retiring before Clarence Thomas.

Liz Wheeler wants Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to think hard when it comes to replacing Supreme Court Justice Breyer.

Keith Olbermann believes that a minority appointment will be blocked, but he ponders who will be stopping that nomination.

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Audacy St. Louis Names Steve Moore Operations Manager

In his new position with the company, Moore will manage the markets’ six brands

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Audacy in St. Louis sees some changes as they’ll have some new leadership at the company’s radio stations owned in the city. Audacy announced that Steve Moore will take over the role as Operations Manager.

“I am beyond delighted to have Steve ascend into this new role,” Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis, said in a statement.

“He has been so instrumental in building operational alignment, collaboration, and synergy across our St. Louis footprint. I am looking forward to Steve helping us continue to grow our incredible brands.”

In his new position with the company, Moore will manage the markets’ six brands – 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM), Y98 (KYKY-FM), 97.1 FM Talk (KFTK-FM), News Radio 1120 KMOX (KMOX-AM), Hot 104.1 (WHHL-FM), and 96.3 The Lou (WFUN-FM).

“I couldn’t be more excited for this new opportunity,” Moore said. “I appreciate the trust that Becky Domyan and Audacy have shown me, and I’m looking forward to working more closely with Derrick, Leo, and the talented broadcasters on these incredible music stations.”

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Futuri Names Tracy Gilliam Strategy Officer, Todd Storch Revenue Officer

Gilliam is one of the founding members of Futuri; Storch’s new role as CRO, he will be responsible for all revenue generation processes at Futuri. 

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Ohio based Futuri Media, a company specializing in cloud-based audience engagement has announced the creation of a new leadership team Tuesday. Futuri named Tracy Gilliam its Chief Strategy Officer and Todd Storch its Chief Revenue Officer. 

Gilliam is one of the founding members of Futuri, previously serving as General Sales Manager for CBS Radio in Los Angeles, and VP/Market Manager for the company now known as iHeartMedia.

“Given the astounding pace of change with today’s audiences and advertisers, there’s never been a more crucial time for brands to leverage the right technology to create and monetize their content — and that’s exactly what Futuri delivers,” Gilliam said in a statement. 

In Storch’s new role as CRO, he will be responsible for all revenue generation processes at Futuri. 

“A culture of innovation and delivering solution-based software is at the core of Futuri’s mission,” Storch said in a statement. “We believe that this is an opportune time for media companies with a growth mindset, and we’re here to help generate content and increase audience and revenue for new customers, partners, and markets.”

Futuri bills itself as the leading provider of AI-driven audience engagement and sales intelligence solutions for broadcasters and digital publishers. 

Al-driven audience engagement is the practice where brand marketers assess a target audience, build personas, create campaign strategies, and develop multiple creative campaigns. 

“With Tracy Gilliam and Todd Storch in these important new roles, Futuri is well-positioned to continue our record of continuous profitable growth and grow the company through organic and inorganic measures,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig.

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