SiriusXM Boasts 30.1 Million Subscribers. The satellite radio company announces today that it added 465,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter of this year, putting over the 30 million subscriber mark for the first time in company history. SiriusXM will report its financials on April 28 but says that as of March 31, self-pay net additions were 348,000 in the quarter, resulting in a self-pay subscriber base of 24.6 million at quarter's end. SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer says, "SiriusXM has grown from a pioneering startup to a media powerhouse in less than 15 years of service by providing listeners with the best audio entertainment available. Our exclusive, unmatched content and ease of use has led us to this important subscriber milestone. I'd like to thank our dedicated employees, our valuable content creators and brands, our automotive distributors, and most of all our paying subscribers for their contribution to our success."
RadioInfo Tidbits. Chicago alternative rocker "101 WKQX" is announcing its summer music festival "PIQNIQ" being held on June 18 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in suburban Tinley Park with marquee sponsors Saint Xavier University, Wintrust Mortgage and CJ Wilson Mazda. On the bill for this show are: Garbage, The Lumineers, Young The Giant, Robert Delong, Lucius, Bearhands, JR JR, The Strumbellas, Broods, and Beware of Darkness…..Cumulus Media's CHR KLIF-FM "The New Hot 93.3" re-branded over the weekend to honor Justin Bieber and take part in the excitement over Bieber's "Purpose" tour that hit Dallas last night (4/10) at the American Airlines Center. All weekend the station was branded "Bieber 93.3."…..Seton Hall University's WSOU, South Orange, New Jersey is inducting two alumni into its Hall of Fame and bestowing a new award on a recent grad. This Thursday at the school Bernie Wagenblast '78 and Bob Picozzi '72 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Stephanie Wightman '08 will receive the "WSOU Distinguished Young Alumna" honor. Wagenblast is the voice of Total Traffic and Weather heard on 1010 WINS and 101.5 WKXW, among others. He's also heard daily by commuters in New York City subways, PATH, PATCO and NJ Transit and by travelers on the AirTrain at the JFK and Newark airports. Picozzi established himself as a prominent voice in sports broadcasting through his time at various Connecticut radio stations before becoming an ESPN SportsCenter anchor in 1998. He's won numerous sportscaster awards. Wightman becomes the first WSOU Distinguished Young Alumna Honoree. The award was created this year to recognize the accomplishments of recent graduates. Currently, Wightman is a video producer for MSNBC's MTP Daily.