P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius XM)
|Broadcast area||United States
|Slogan||"Politics of the United States, for the people of the United States"|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 124|
|First air date||June 2007
Launched September 24, 2007
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio
|Website||Sirius XM P.O.T.U.S.|
P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) is a Sirius XM Radio channel featuring political talk radio. It was the result of a merger between the Indie Talk channel on Sirius and the P.O.T.U.S. '08 channel on XM. As of April 2009 the channel had a new logo consisting of "POTUS" in all blue letters and its full name underneath. It is located on Sirius XM Radio 124.
P.O.T.U.S. '08 on XM Channel 130 was a joint venture between XM and public radio/television service C-SPAN and was intended as a public service. Taking its name from the acronym for President of the United States, the station covered the United States 2008 presidential election. It did not carry commercial advertising and also did not require an XM subscription to be heard.
A preview of the channel started in June 2007, and it was launched on September 24, 2007.
P.O.T.U.S. '08 featured news, interviews, speeches, complete debates, polls, fundraising status, and live call-in shows. Bloggers and podcasters provided content for the channel. In addition to current election events, P.O.T.U.S. '08 used C-SPAN's archive to air archival audio of historic moments from past campaigns.
The channel was intended to be temporary, ceasing operations after the Presidential election in November 2008. However, as of November 12, 2008, it merged with Sirius Indie Talk to become "POTUS - Politics of the United States", with a mixture of programming from the two stations.
Partial list of events covered
- 2007-06-28 - All American Presidential Forums on PBS
- 2007-07-23 - CNN/YouTube debate (Democratic candidates)
- 2007-08-05 - Presidential debates hosted by ABC News (Republican candidates)
- 2007-08-07 - AFL-CIO’s town hall forum for Democratic candidates in Chicago
- 2007-08-09 - Presidential debates hosted by Logo focusing on LGBT issues (Democratic candidates)
- 2007-08-19 - Presidential debates hosted by ABC News (Democratic candidates)
- 2007-09-27 - All American Presidential Forums on PBS (Republican candidates)
- 2007-11-28 - CNN/YouTube debate (Republican candidates)
- 2008-01-21 - The Congressional Black Caucus debate hosted by CNN (Democratic candidates)
P.O.T.U.S promotes itself as "neither left, nor right." Several hosts hold themselves out as independent or nonpartisan in their political viewpoints. Tim Farley describes his show as an "unbiased roundup of the news," Julie Mason provides "unfiltered audio" of political events, Patrick Ferrise hosts the "Raw Feed," which claims to move "beyond the sound-bite," and further describes itself as involving "[n]o pundits, no spin, just the raw feed," and Bruce DuMont offers to "provide a fresh and balanced perspective of national politics." Many shows feature policy analysts, journalists, and academics as guests.
List of programs
Regular weekday programming (as of 2016)
- Morning Briefing with Tim Farley
- The Michael Smerconish Program
- Midday Briefing with Tim Farley
- The Press Pool with Julie Mason
- Steele and Ungar
Weekend and other programming (as of 2016)
- Weekend Briefing with Tim Farley
- American Voices with Senator Bill Bradley
- White House Chronicle with Llewellyn King
- Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont
- No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman
- Story in the Public Square
- Washington Journal
- Meet the Press with Chuck Todd
- ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos
- "XM Radio to Launch First National Radio Channel Dedicated to the Presidential Election" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
- "XM Radio To Launch 2008 Presidential Election Channel 'P.O.T.U.S. '08' On September 24" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
- "SIRIUS XM Radio Announces Extraordinary New Channel Lineups" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
- "Unfiltered Political Talk". SiriusXM. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.