Rosie O'Donnell Gets Her Own Radio Show: XM 155; 10am - 12 pm weekdays


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Rosie O'Donnell starts her own show this Monday, November 2.

XM channel 155 and SIRIUS channel 102

Monday through Friday from 10 am -12 noon ET (7 - 9 am PT)

will be broadcasting from a custom-build home studio during the live, call-in formatted show....

Sweetest of all, she says: "There's no censorship. That's why I said yes. I couldn't imagine doing a show where I'd once again have to answer to corporate interests."

USA Today

USA Today said:
Outspoken Rosie O'Donnell gets serious about radio show

Rosie O'Donnell rehearses for the Nov. 2 launch of her new Sirius XM radio show, produced from a studio built in her Nyack, N.Y., home.


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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
NYACK, N.Y. — In an upstairs room of a renovated historic home right on the Hudson River, Rosie O'Donnell sits behind a desk with her feet up.

She's sporting an outfit one step removed from pajamas. Relaxed, but a little on edge, she takes a swig of Perrier. An assistant comes and goes. Various people hover nearby. She adjusts her headset.

At 10 a.m. precisely, she starts talking. "Welcome to Rosie Radio ..."

Yes, she's back — the woman you love, the woman you love to hate.

Rosie, 47, is returning to the spotlight on Nov. 2, when she launches her new Sirius XM satellite show. It will air live every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon ET, right here from one of the five houses on her waterfront property.

"I'm sure I will cause tremendous seismic shifts in the culture again," she says wryly, off-air.

After all, where Ro goes, controversy follows.

You remember it all: her daytime talk show that wrapped up in 2002 just as she came out of the closet; her 2003 Rosie magazine that folded as a fight over editorial control wound up a courtroom drama; her contentious stint on The Viewthat wrapped up in 2007 after too many arguments with Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war; and her disappointing variety show attempt in November that didn't turn into the revival of a genre as she had hoped and hyped.

Add to that her George W. Bush-bashing, her advocacy for gay adoption in Florida and her feud with Donald Trump. For the past decade, she has been an irreverent, blunt, blustery pop-culture force of nature. And then?

"I went away," she acknowledges (except for guest roles on Drop Dead Diva and Curb Your Enthusiasm). "I really was done with myself as the product."

After The View, she says, she spent two years listening to every one of Joni Mitchell's albums and came to the conclusion that whatever came next would have to "really best serve my life. I knew one thing for sure: I didn't want to leave home."

And now she doesn't have to.

Pure Rosie

For the next two hours, on this fourth test show, with just two weeks to launch, she is totally, and literally, at home. "Today was the first day it felt right," she says.

She chats with Petra from South Carolina and Helene from New York about special-needs and gifted children. (They knew to call in from Rosie's blog, which she recently revived.)

And, with her best friends Jeanne "Weenie" Kopetic and Janette Barber (the executive producer of the show), she holds the hand of Sharen Margolan, 46, a neighbor whose kids go to school with hers. Tears are streaming down Margolan's cheeks as she opens up about her hoarding tendencies.

By 10:08 a.m., Rosie has referred to herself as "a lesbian woman."

By 10:22 a.m., she has dropped an f-bomb.

By 10:55 a.m., she has revealed her weight: 212 pounds.

It's pure, unfiltered Rosie.

And that's exactly what Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer for Sirius XM, wants from his newest star.

"What I expect from the show is 100% Rosie all the time. Some expected stuff and some unexpected stuff — everything from aspirational to Hollywood to everyday mom-and-kids stuff." That package is so appealing, he says, he already has "10, 12 blue-chip advertisers ready to go."

Sirius XM serves 18.4 million subscribers (some programming has advertisers, too). Howard Stern is its heaviest hitter, and Rosie says he was the one who suggested to Sirius that they put her on the air. Now, O'Donnell says she intends to be more like Stern, who rarely appears on talk shows or interviews and avoids red-carpet scenes. He puts all his opinions on the air.

"I think what he's done is sort of magnificent," she says. And adds, "I don't like to go to premieres or openings. I don't like to have to put on makeup. I don't like all the bull-(expletive) part of celebrity."

Her voice will join a strong women's lineup that includes Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Oprah pal Gayle King. Cost to subscribe? $12.95 a month.

So will Rosie be a success?

Michael Harrison, founder and publisher of Talkers magazine, a trade publication devoted to talk radio and television, thinks so.

She has "all the attributes of a good and successful talk-show host," he says, adding that satellite is a good fit for her. "She's an acquired taste for those who don't know her, or a destination for fans."

He does have one concern: Will she have the fortitude? "It's a daily grind," he says, adding that "once the buzz of doing it wears off, it's a very tedious, hard, ongoing job."

Rosie balked at first, too. "I remember thinking, 'I don't know if I can do radio.' I never even listen to it."

But as the deal sweetened — a two-year contract, a studio built in her guest house, a schedule that fits with her four kids' school schedules (Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12, Blake, 9, and Vivienne, 6) and the ability to do the show from her home in Miami when she wants — she went for it.

Sweetest of all, she says: "There's no censorship. That's why I said yes. I couldn't imagine doing a show where I'd once again have to answer to corporate interests."

'I'm not a political pundit'

She remembers what it was like on The View. "In some ways it was like the McCarthy era. If you questioned anything after 9/11, you were unpatriotic. There were good people and bad people. There were evildoers, all of a sudden. It was a very trippy time to be an American."

Now, of course, it's all different. "And that's why Obama won the Nobel Prize, much to the chagrin of every carnival barker on Fox," she says. "But the fact of the matter is, the world stood up in unison and gratitude and said, thank you, perhaps the beacon of light and hope that America has been for 200 years is once again lit. It was diminished criminally by the last administration."

Whoa. So is this the kind of talk to expect on her show? No, she says. "I'm not a politician or political pundit. My desire is not to go after or be one of those people in the Glenn Beck/Bill O'Reilly arena. I don't want to play in their sandbox."

She'll talk about issues, she says, but approach them from a "human level."

How about celebrities? Might we hear her pal Madonna on the air? "Yes. But on occasion. And not when they're out promoting a book. That was part of my problem with my talk show and The View, eventually. Somebody would have a film to promote, so you'd see Bruce Willis on Leno and Letterman and then Regis and then my show, and I don't want to do that anymore. Those stories are canned, and there's no authenticity."

She vows that for the "second half" of her life her quest is "just to be authentic."

The way she has always done that best is by reaching out to the fans who relate to her. "I love people. Wherever I go, people come and talk to me because I'm a different kind of celebrity. I'm like the E-Z Pass."

In fact, that persona of being so in touch with her audience was what led to the famous 1996 Newsweek magazine cover, dubbing her the Queen of Nice. She remembers it well. "When it happened, I held it up and said, 'Look at this. You know what it's going to be in five years? The queen of fried rice, the queen of lice. This is going to bite me in the ass, make no mistake.' "

And she was right. Not long after it came out and she had quit TV, some of her jokes were reported. Jokes such as: Michael Jackson is "a freak," and Joan Rivers is "inhuman." She quickly became the Queen of Mean.

Sadness off the air

So what is she the queen of now? "Just me." And her kids, she adds. "I'm the queen of four children, and that I enjoy."

But the remark is tinged with sadness when she reveals that her relationship with Kelli Carpenter, the former Nickelodeon executive she wed in San Francisco in 2004 when gay marriage was legal, has hit a rough patch.

The kids are "adorable and wonderful, and they are by far a priority," she says. "Kelli and I love each other very much, and we are working on our issues. Those are the only words I am ever going to say. Ever. And that is something that has been agreed upon by all parties," she said, tears collecting in her eyes.

So that's one area of her life that might remain off-air. For now.

As the show slips into its second hour, Rosie is talking to her childhood friends, recalling old days. She isn't looking at notecards, isn't following a script. She's firmly in charge and clearly having a great time.

"Can you believe I'm getting paid to do this?" she says.

And, off-air, later, she adds, "I don't even have a bra on! That's the best part of this job."
Rosie O'Donnell to Launch New Satellite Radio Show

Rosie O'Donnell's 'Rosie Radio' Launches Exclusively on SIRIUS XM

SIRIUS XM Press Release said:
SIRIUS XM Radio Announces Launch of Rosie O'Donnell's 'Rosie Radio'

Buffalo, New York 10/29/2009 02:05 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) has announced that Rosie Radio, Rosie O'Donnell's exclusive live daily morning show will launch on November 2, 2009. This will be the Emmy-award winning talk show hosts radio debut. Rosie Radio will are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am -12:00 pm (ET) on SIRIUS XM Stars, SIRIUS channel 102 and XM channel 155. A replay of the show will broadcast from 8:00-10:00 pm (ET) throughout the week. Rosie Radio joins a growing lineup of women's programming on SIRIUS XM that includes Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio and Cosmo Radio.

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather. SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge®, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball®, NASCAR®, NBA, NHL®, and PGA TOUR®, and broadcasts major college sports.

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I heard she loves Tom Cruise

I'm not sure I see Rosie have a big impact on satellite subs


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I heard she loves Tom Cruise

I'm not sure I see Rosie have a big impact on satellite subs

this isnt as bad as Oprah, Foxx or Martha

Rosie is doing one show not a whole channel for tens of millions and she speaks her mind without caring about getting crap & that is what sat is supposed to be

2hrs a day with a known entity makes sense. 50+ million for a 30 minute taped call between Oprah & her "friend" or a whole station for Martha & Foxx doesnt


What's black and white and red all over?
Sweetest of all, she says: "There's no censorship. That's why I said yes. I couldn't imagine doing a show where I'd once again have to answer to corporate interests."
Let us know how that works out for you, bus rider.


All out of Bubble Gum.
Radio is now bigger!!!... And more retarded!!

Rosie Mornings.


The CUNT has every right to speak her worthless opinions.

Just don't think many will tune in to listen to old tuna breath.


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everyone knows she is a flatso*. ;)



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Well we know Sirius didn't pay her much, because they don't have the money to pay new on air 'talent'
We can only hope she starts spewing 9/11 truther bullshit and gets herself canned.


Wow! A Text In All Caps!
To give Sirius credit, this is the first acquisition I've heard of them getting in quite awhile. To take away Sirius credit, it's Rosie O'Donnell.


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To give Sirius credit, this is the first acquisition I've heard of them getting in quite awhile. To take away Sirius credit, it's Rosie O'Donnell.
As usual Mr. Liddy sums it up quite well. Nice job sir!
To give Sirius credit, this is the first acquisition I've heard of them getting in quite awhile. To take away Sirius credit, it's Rosie O'Donnell.
And she's doing a real show, every day. You really can't blame them for spending the money for this one.


rosie odonnel needs to just drop dead already