One of my favorite Radio hosts Michael Smerconish is now leaving the insular world of talk radio which like the GOP is too old, too white, too male and too damn angry. Sirius XM Radio announced today that it will be the exclusive radio home to veteran broadcaster Smerconish, nationally syndicated radio host, MSNBC contributor, bestselling author and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist. Beginning April 15, The Michael Smerconish Program will cease broadcasting on terrestrial radio and start on SiriusXM in an expanded format that builds on Smerconish's spirited discussions of government, politics, and current events without predictable left/right bias. The show will expand Smerconish's depth and breadth of topics beyond the restrictions of local radio formats. The Michael Smerconish Program will be a forum where listeners are encouraged to debate and challenge opinions without being shut down, on which guests from every political party are welcome, and where subjects can be surprising and entertaining. "I am ecstatic to join SiriusXM, which I see as the dynamic future of radio broadcasting," said Michael Smerconish. "I look forward to talking with SiriusXM's diverse, national audience, delivering a program that transcends the polarization that exists not only in Washington but in the media and country at large. It's time to take the national conversation to a higher plane, and I invite listeners nationwide with views that don't stack up neatly in any ideological box the way we're told they should to join." The new show will air weekdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET exclusively on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124, SiriusXM's non-partisan channel dedicated to the "Politics of the United States." The Michael Smerconish Program will replay during evening drive from 6:00 - 9:00 pm ET, and will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at A Philadelphia lawyer and one-time protege of Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo turned political commentator, Smerconish started on radio in Philadelphia in the early 90s, growing to market-leading ratings and launching into successful national syndication. He publicly dropped his longtime Republican status to challenge the establishment as an independent. In August 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. He has since interviewed Obama six more times, most recently in the Oval Office in October 2012.