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PGA Championship, the First Major of 2020, Airs Live on SiriusXM
[August 03, 2020]

PGA Championship, the First Major of 2020, Airs Live on SiriusXM


NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM will deliver listeners nationwide comprehensive play-by-play and talk coverage of the 2020 PGA Championship, taking place August 6th through the 9th at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, CA.  It will be golf's first major championship played in 2020 due to schedule adjustments made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic and SiriusXM will bring listeners inside the ropes with a team of broadcasters calling the action both from remote studio locations and on site at TPC Harding Park.

Live hole-by-hole coverage, which SiriusXM will co-produce with Westwood One, will air starting at 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, live coverage will begin at 3:00 pm ET/noon PT.  PGA Championship programming will air nationwide on the SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio channel (SiriusXM.com/golfonsxm), which is available on SiriusXM radios (channel 208 or 92), on the SiriusXM app, and at home with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or however subscribers stream in the house. 

For this year's event, with the safety of the production team a top priority, SiriusXM will be employing a unique broadcasting set-up that will limit the number of personnel on site at the event while maintaining a high level of coverage that fans will enjoy. SiriusXM golf play-by-play voice Brian Katrek will broadcast with analysts Mark Carnevale and Carl Paulson from remote studios in Orlando, FL, using a bank of video feeds that will enable them to call action happening around the course.  SiriusXM's Dennis Paulson and Westwood One's Kevin Kugler will be on the course at TPC Harding Park as roving reporters, following key playing groups during the Championship.  SiriusXM's Fred Albers and John Maginnes, broadcasting from their home studios in Texas and North Carolina, respectively, will also serve as reporters on the broadcast, using special video feeds to call shots.

SiriusXM host and leading swing coach Jim McLean, broadcasting from his home in Miami, will have a special video feed of the practice range at TPC Harding Park and will provide live updates and commentary as key players are warming up before their rounds.  SiriusXM's Taylor Zarzour and Jason Sobel will remotely conduct post-round interviews with players coming off the course via video conference.    

"It has been a long wait for major championship golf this year and we are very pleased to be bringing our listeners The PGA Championship live," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer.  "The safety of our talent and staff is our top priority and so we are making some important adjustments to our coverage amid these unique circumstances.  I am very proud of our team, and by virtue of their skill and hard work, and with excellent collaboration with the PGA of America, we will deliver our listeners the extensive, unparalleled coverage they expect from SiriusXM."

Listeners can also tune in to pre-round coverage each day leading into the live tournament broadcast to hear an in-depth preview of the day ahead and get live reports from on the course.

On Thursday and Friday, veteran broadcaster Gary McCord, who has called 33 PGA Championships over the course of his career, will join Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz to co-host special pre-round editions of Gravy and the Sleeze, airing from 1:00 to 4:00 pm ET leading into live play-by-play.  

PGA Professional Bob Ford, who has competed in 10 PGA Championships and has long been one of the country's preeminent club professionals, will host the PGA Championship pregame show before the Saturday and Sunday coverage with Mark Lye, Carl Paulson and Kraig Kann.  Lye and Kann will host the channel's post-round coverage after play is completed each day.

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM will provide fans with an extensive schedule of daily golf talk and PGA Championship analysis throughout Championship week.  Visit SiriusXM.com/golfonsxm for a daily schedule. 



SiriusXM's exclusive talk programming lineup will include shows hosted by major champions Fred Couples and Ben Crenshaw, as well as programming hosted by current and former PGA Tour pros Pat Perez, Brad Faxon, John Cook, Mark Lye, John Maginnes, Dennis Paulson and Carl Paulson.

David Marr III will host a new episode of PGA of America Radio on Wednesday at 3:00 pm ET.  A collaboration between SiriusXM and the PGA of America, the show focuses each week on expert PGA Member instruction, PGA of America golf events, and programs designed to grow the game.


SiriusXM's lineup during Championship week also features shows hosted top PGA and LPGA instructors Michael Breed, Jim McLean, Frank Darby, Brian Crowell, plus NCAA National Champion Stanford golf coach Conrad Ray and former Cardinal golfer Kyle Gentry, hosts of Golf U, and many more of the best voices and analysts in golf. 

About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora together reach more than 100 million people each month with their audio products. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers and directly to consumers through aftermarket devices. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.

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The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements:  the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is adversely impacting our business; our substantial competition that is likely to increase over time; our efforts to attract and retain subscribers and listeners, or convert listeners into subscribers, which may not be successful, and may adversely affect our business; our Pandora ad-supported business has suffered a loss of monthly active users, which may adversely affect our Pandora business; privacy and data security laws and regulations may hinder our ability to market our services, sell advertising and impose legal liabilities; we engage in extensive marketing efforts and the continued effectiveness of those efforts are an important part of our business; consumer protection laws and our failure to comply with them could damage our business; a substantial number of our Sirius XM subscribers periodically cancel their subscriptions and we cannot predict how successful we will be at retaining customers; our ability to profitably attract and retain subscribers to our Sirius XM service as our marketing efforts reach more price-sensitive consumers is uncertain; our failure to convince advertisers of the benefits of our Pandora ad-supported service could harm our business; if we are unable to maintain revenue growth from our advertising products, particularly in mobile advertising, our results of operations will be adversely affected; if we fail to accurately predict and play music, comedy or other content that our Pandora listeners enjoy, we may fail to retain existing and attract new listeners; if we fail to protect the security of personal information about our customers, we could be subject to costly government enforcement actions and private litigation and our reputation could suffer; interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems could impair the delivery of our service and harm our business; 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if we are unable to attract and retain qualified personnel, our business could be harmed; we may not realize the benefits of acquisitions or other strategic investments and initiatives, including the acquisition of Pandora; our use of pre-1972 sound recordings on our Pandora service could result in additional costs; we may from time to time modify our business plan, and these changes could adversely affect us and our financial condition; we have a significant amount of indebtedness, and our debt contains certain covenants that restrict our operations; our facilities could be damaged by natural catastrophes or terrorist activities; the unfavorable outcome of pending or future litigation could have an adverse impact on our operations and financial condition; failure to protect our intellectual property or actions by third parties to enforce their intellectual property rights could substantially harm our business and operating results; some of our services and technologies may use "open source" software, which may restrict how we use or distribute our services or require that we release the source code subject to those licenses; 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Source: SiriusXM

Media contacts: 
Andrew FitzPatrick, Andrew.FitzPatrick@SiriusXM.com 
Kevin Bruns, Kevin.Bruns@SiriusXM.com

 

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