Spike Lee is set to host a show on SiriusXM NBA radio.
Although he’ll be discussing topics about the league as a whole, he gets to talk about his beloved New York Knicks.
*Howard Stern’s longtime sidekick Robin Quivers finally returned to his studio Wednesday morning after a 17-month absence.
Quivers, who recently revealed that she had been battling uterine cancer, had been working remotely while she underwent treatment. She said last month that after four rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, she had been cured.
Wednesday she returned to the shock jock’s studio for his SiriusXM radio show, sporting a new hairdo and big smile.
Stern, who has previously said he wouldn’t continue his show if Quivers couldn’t do it with him, welcomed her back with triumphant music and rose petals strewn across the floor in her honor. [Watch below.]
Of her return, Quivers told listeners, “It’s pretty amazing. I was brushing my teeth this morning and thinking about going back on the air for the first time after surgery and how incredibly difficult that was. And today not feeling anything at all. It was just a normal day. You can get up and brush your teeth, throw on your clothes and run out the door.”
Stern added: “Seriously, I’ve been praying for this day, and I’m really happy that you are here, and it makes me very, very happy.”
But the shock jock, who was afraid she wouldn’t survive the disease and said he “thought she was a goner,” told her she could “never get sick again.”
“I could never be without you again,” he added.
*The music industry’s largest record companies are suing SiriusXM Radio for royalties it says the satellite radio company didn’t pay for recordings from before 1972.
Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group Recordings Inc. and Warner Music Group Corp., as well as ABKCO Music & Records Inc., an independent company that manages music rights for such acts as the Rolling Stones and The Animals, filed the lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio Inc. on Wednesday. It seeks unspecified damages and a judgment about the rights involved in pre-1972 recordings.
Sound recordings weren’t brought under federal copyright protection until 1972, instead being governed through state laws. In recent years, the U.S. Copyright Office has asked for opinions about bringing so-called “oldies” under the law.
“Classic tracks recorded before 1972 are an important part of American culture and an important of SiriusXM’s programming,” Dionne Warwick said in a statement provided by The Recording Industry Association of America. “The great artists played on the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s stations should be treated with respect and properly compensated as SiriusXM is required to do, so I am asking SiriusXM not to ‘Walk On By’ and do the right thing!”
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, claims “a significant portion of SiriusXM’s channels feature classic sound recordings, including channels exclusively devoted to performing recordings from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” It lists the Beatles, Beach Boys, Supremes, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin and Simon & Garfunkel among the acts that can be heard on SiriusXM stations like “’60s on 6.”
The suit is the third major complaint filed against Sirius XM in recent weeks. SoundExchange, a company that collects royalties on behalf of recording artists, filed a similar lawsuit last month in Washington, D.C.
*“Saturday Night Live” regular Jay Pharoah, best known for his super-convincing impressions of Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Jay-Z and President Obama, can now add Lil Wayne to the list in perhaps the most convincing impression in his repertoire.
The Virginia-born comedian hit up Sway’s morning radio show on Sirius/XM’s Shade 45 channel and busted out a rap as Weezy, saying in the MC’s Southern drawl, “I’ll make a song about anything,” before launching into a rhyme about having intercourse with a beehive.
Listen below. WARNING: NSFW!
*Katie Couric hit up Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday (May 29) and dished on her dating life, including PG-rated romantic encounters with Bob Saget and Jeff Probst — and the time when Michael Jackson asked her out.
Now dating NYC financier John Molner (since summer 2012), the widowed TV star admitted to Stern that her dates — one each — with Full House’s Saget and Survivor’s Probst didn’t exactly rock anyone’s world.
Saget “was fun, he was really fun,” Couric recalled. “I had fun, I don’t think I did it for him.” Confirming that the comedian and actor never called again, Couric assured Stern “that’s alright.” As for Survivor host Probst? “I went out with Jeff Probst once too,” she said of Probst, 51. “I think he had puka shells on — that was kind of a weird thing.”
Probst similarly never followed up. After Stern was flabbergasted at both men’s lack of interest, Couric was philosophical — and blunt. “I can’t say that I was devastated that neither called me back,” she confided. “I thought they were both nice guys . . . I don’t think there was real magic there with either [of them], but I enjoyed spending time with them.”
The former “Today” anchorwoman and mother of two also revealed that the late King of Pop tried to broker a dinner date through his friend and spiritual advisor, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Boteach “called me in my office at the ‘Today’ show,” Couric said of the phone call, which took place about a dozen years ago. “[He said] ‘Katie, I have a question for you, are you seeing anyone?’ And I thought, this is so beyond creepy that Rabbi Shmuley is hitting on me. I’m like ‘Rabbi Shmuley, you have like nine kids, what’s going on here?’ I said ‘Actually, I am [seeing someone].’ Because I had a boyfriend at the time.”
She continued the tale: “He said, ‘Oh, that’s a shame . . . Michael [Jackson] said to me ‘That’s the kind of girl I would like to go out with . . .’ and I said, ‘Rabbi Shmuley, that’s very flattering but I am seeing someone . . . will you tell him how flattered I am and what a nice compliment that is?’”
Couric’s take on the late superstar’s interest? “Not to be too psychoanalytical about it, but I think he was looking for a little normalcy possibly, and maybe he saw me as kind of a normal person,” she reasoned. “I do regret not having dinner with him. That would have been insane — breaking bread with Michael Jackson!”
*Original cast members from the groundbreaking television mini-series “Roots” participated in a live Q&A session today as part of its “Town Hall” series. LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams and Louis Gossett, Jr. sat down at 2 p.m. for a Q&A session with a select group of listeners and SiriusXM host Joe Madison at the company’s studios in New York City. Madison hosts a live, daily call-in show about politics and social activism on SiriusXM’s African-American talk channel, The Power.
The special replays on SiriusXM The Power channel 128 today, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., 8 p.m., and 12 a.m.; February 8 at 4 p.m.; February 9 at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, February 10 at 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and on SiriusXM Stars channel 107 February 9 at 6 p.m. and February 10 at 12 p.m. All times are ET.
“SiriusXM’s Roots Town Hall” will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more information.