Cybertainment: New Sirius shows feed off social media

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Sirius XM Radio is drawing on the Internet and social media for two new shows -- "Politics Powered by Twitter" and "BuzzFeed Radio."

With the race to the White House entering the final stretch, the Twitter-verse is exploding with tweets and news by and about the world of politics.

"Politics Powered by Twitter" examines politics through the lens of Twitter. The program focuses on trending political topics of the day, and picks up tweets from politicians, journalists and celebrities.

Hosted by Lee Brenner and Slade Sohmer, it's a live fast-paced program that blends elements of social media and traditional talk radio. The program steers listeners to "must-follow" political Twitter users. Nightly guests, political observers and experts share their perspectives. Listeners can join the conversation by sending their comments to @politicsradio during the program.

"Politics Powered by Twitter" airs on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., the satellite radio company's channel devoted to U.S. politics. "Politics Powered by Twitter" airs Monday through Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. and repeats nightly at 9 p.m.

BuzzFeed is a popular online news site with stories devoted to politics, sports, celebrities and more.

"BuzzFeed Radio" is a live weekly call-in show on SiriusXM Stars Too (channel 104) hosted by BuzzFeed sports editor Jack Moore and senior editor Whitney Jefferson.

BuzzFeed Shorts segments will air across other SiriusXM channels.

"BuzzFeed" radio airs live Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and repeats Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

SiriusXM is also adding an on-demand feature. SiriusXM On Demand lets online listeners choose from more than 2,000 hours' worth of archived music, news and entertainment programming, including "The Howard Stern Show," "The Opie and Anthony Show," "Ask Martha," The Bob Edwards Show," "Rotten Tomatoes Radio" and more.

The On Demand channel will offer music from the "Artist Confidential" series and "Town Hall" specials.

On demand selections will change every few weeks.

Listeners also can download and store these shows on their devices and listen when not connected to the Internet.

The On Demand programming is available on Apple mobile devices and is coming soon to Android devices.

Everybody has a friend who would be very, very surprised to get a phone call from Ben Roethlisberger. And now they can.

The website, CelebCalls, offers recorded phone calls from famous sports figures and entertainers and can be tailored by inserting the name of the person on the receiving end. Categories available for Mr. Roethlisberger include a smack talk call, special occasion calls, wake-up call, and game and party invitations.

Other celebrities featured include Snoop Dogg, Ice-T and Coco. You can even send a friend a threatening call from Mike Tyson: "This is former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and I've got some issues with you ... I just feel like knocking people out and chewing on some ears!"

CelebCalls also offers celebrity emails.

Each call costs $3.99.

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Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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