Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

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Stand Up! With Pete Dominick
Other namesPete's Big Mouth
(Feb 2008 – Nov 2008)
GenreTalk radio
Political talk
News talk
Running time180 minutes
Country of originUnited States
Home stationSiriusXM Satellite Radio
Hosted byPete Dominick
Produced byMelanie Starling
Chris Hauselt
Executive producer(s)Alfred Schulz
Recording studioNew York, NY
Original releaseFebruary 21, 2008 – present
WebsiteOfficial web site

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick is a morning prop-comedy talk show airing weekdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET from the SiriusXM studios in New York City and broadcast on the P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius XM)Insight channel, heard on the Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio platforms.[1][2] The show is hosted by stand-up comedian and politics enthusiast Pete Dominick[3] and produced by Alfred Schulz, Melanie Starling, and Chris Hauselt.[4]

The focus of the three-hour program each day ranges from current events, politics, environmental issues, prop-comedy, veterans affairs to parenting.


The show was launched February 21, 2008, as Pete's Big Mouth and aired exclusively on Sirius under the now-defunct Indie Talk channel with the team of Pete Dominick as host, Sean Bertollo as executive producer, Aaron Hodges as co-producer, and Alexandra Di Trolio as co-producer and blogcaster.

As a result of the Sirius and XM merger, on November 12, 2008, the Indie Talk channel on Sirius was combined with the P.O.T.U.S. '08 channel on XM to form the current P.O.T.U.S. channel broadcasting on both platforms. Under the new arrangement only two Indie Talk programs were not canceled, The Ron Silver Show (no longer aired) and Pete's Big Mouth, renamed Stand Up! With Pete Dominick with the same structure and format.[5]

The show is not dissimilar from programs that previously ran on Air America (formerly Air America Radio and Air America Media) a now defunct radio station that specialized in progressive talk programming. Ratings for this show are not easy to find and while it has a loyal following of progressive listeners it does not compete with any conservative radio programs.

Starting Feb. 11, 2013 Pete Dominick ended his afternoon call-in and interview program on SiriusXM’s Potus politics channel and moved to a renamed male-oriented Indie channel (formerly Stars Too) in a prime three-hour block, 6 to 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with a repeat for the West Coast.

His show maintained its name, "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick," but will not be "stuck in the paradigm of politics," said Dominick, in an interview at SiriusXM’s Manhattan offices. He said he planned to explore religion, race, energy, education policy, veterans’ issues and even parenting.

As of January 2015, the show has been broadcast on SiriusXM Insight 121, an all-new, exclusive, groundbreaking news, information, and entertainment radio channel.

Show format[edit]

Program summary[edit]

The show begins every weekday with Dominick taking less than a minute to introduce the day's programming and guest lineup. Each hour of the program is usually divided into three segments, split up by blogcasts at 20 minutes and 50 minutes after the hour plus syndicated breaking news at the top of the hour from AP Radio News. Every day the show typically features two or three guests interviewed about the important political events of the last few days, often with listeners being encouraged to call in with their questions or comments for the guest at 1-877-974-7487 or by email. Where scheduling permits, Dominick opens up the phone lines and/or reads listener emails on a specified topic.

Guest interviews[edit]

The guests featured on the show are chosen for their unique insight, perspective, or knowledge of current issues and events on state and federal levels. Issues typically covered with guest interviews are: national security, economic policies, state legislation, climate issues, foreign policy, alternative energy sources, state government issues, social policies, etc. Some of the guests that have appeared on the show are:

Listener call-in[edit]

Dominick often stresses the value and importance of listeners calling in to the program because, as he describes it, that is the essence of the show. The phrase "stand up" in the title is intended to reference the "people of the United States", with the show functioning as an intersection of the power players making the headlines and the American people they impact. "Political talk for the rest of us" is the guiding principle of the program; the quintessential feature that sets this show apart in the world of talk radio is the sheer number and diversity of callers that are allowed to voice their concerns, with Dominick giving priority to dissenting view points.

Regular segments[edit]

The show also features three regularly scheduled entertaining segments:

1. Daily the show features the currently most popular threads on the message board being highlighted, to bring them to the attention of the listening audience and encourage participation on the message boards.[6]
2. On Wednesdays the show features "Check Your Priorities," a segment that explores how "the most popular and most widely read stories on the internet aren't always the most important" with Dominick, Aaron Hodges, and Brian Dominick examining these stories with humorous banter, which is then followed by a description of "the stories we think you should be paying attention to."
3. On Fridays the show features "D.O.T.U.S. of the Week" at the close of the show, where listeners can call in to cast their vote for the week's biggest idiot, as it were. The fun and light-hearted contest of nominees are chosen by staff plus a selected listener nomination, for a total of four nominees who have in some way done or said something rather stupid that week. The nominee with the highest number of votes is crowned the D.O.T.U.S. of the Week.[7] (On a humorous note, people are prohibited from nominating former Vice President Dick Cheney—because he always won.)
4 The show also features occasionally a segment titled "United States of Apathy," where one of the staff or a listener chooses a person they think is not informed enough about political facts or current events, who is then tested with a series of trivia questions pertaining to the politics of the United States, usually with humorous results.
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  1. ^ P.O.T.U.S. on Sirius Satellite Radio
  2. ^ P.O.T.U.S. on XM Satellite Radio
  3. ^ "About Pete". Stand Up! With Pete Dominick. February 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  4. ^ "Team". Stand Up! With Pete Dominick. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  5. ^ "SIRIUS XM Radio Announces Extraordinary New Channel Lineups" (Press release). Sirius XM Radio, Inc. 2008-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick". 2009-06-02. Sirius XM Radio. P.O.T.U.S. Missing or empty |series= (help) Dominick announces new segment and new staff member.
  7. ^ This segment used to be called Douche of the Week when the show was on Indie Talk. However, since the policy of the P.O.T.U.S. channel includes a sensitivity about language, the segment was renamed to something less offensive.

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