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New Rory & Mal: Who Would've Thought Podcasting Would Make It This Far?

In less than a year, Rory Farrell and Jamil ‘MAL’ Clay have gone from being supporting acts on the popular Joe Budden Podcast to carving out their own lane in the digital space and securing a $10 million bag. If there’s ever been a better example of the saying “what’s for you is for you,” the success of the New Rory & Mal podcast would be it. On November 2, the New Rory & Mal podcast made its debut on Stitcher’s More Sauce label just months after a public, yet messy, split from their previous platform. AfroTech got the chance to speak with the duo about their new Stitcher deal, life post-JBP, and how other aspiring podcasters can get turn a hobby into a lucrative business. When Rory & Mal began their podcast journey roughly six years ago, they had no idea it could transform into a career. It wasn’t until they sat with the late Combat Jack, who is credited for spearheading the hip hop podcast industry, that they realized its potential. “[At first, podcasting] was just some fun thing...

Nov 22, 2021

Rory And Mal Ink Deal With SiriusXM's Stitcher Months After Leaving 'The Joe Budden Podcast'

Good things come to those who wait, and podcasters Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay are a testament to this. After dedicating six years to “The Joe Budden Podcast,” Rory and Mal stepped into their own lane launching the “New Rory and Mal” podcast just two months following an ordeal that would lead the duo to part ways with podcaster Joe Budden. In 2020, AfroTech reported that Budden once decided to leave a multi-million dollar deal with Spotify on the table due to feeling “undermined” and “undervalued.” Now, in 2021, Rory and Mal have a deal of their own on the table. Announced in a press release, the New Rory and Mal podcast will now be streamed through Stitcher — a subsidiary of SiriusXM and Triton-ranked No. 1 podcast company. “The love we’ve received with the New Rory & Mal podcast has been incredible,” says MAL in a press release from PR Newswire. “We look forward to changing the optics of ‘media culture’ and having fun with the content we create with SiriusXM and Stitcher....

Oct 14, 2021

Kevin Hart, Laugh Out Loud Score Expanded, Multi-Platform Deal With SiriusXM

SiriusXM’s partnership with Kevin Hart and Laugh Out Loud just got better. In a press release Tuesday (Sept. 22), the satellite radio giant announced that it will expand its long-standing collaboration with Hart, where the comedian will host new regular and live programs on his SiriusXM channel, Laugh Out Loud Radio. Also, Hart’s comedy brand and multi-platform entertainment company, Laugh Out Loud , will produce radio shows, podcasts, and on-demand video that will be distributed across SiriusXM’s digital platforms. “I’m excited to strengthen my and Laugh Out Loud’s relationship with SiriusXM as we continue to innovate and expand our relationship, with new programming rolling out this fall and more series to be announced soon,” said Hart. “ He added, “When we launched LOL three years ago, we promised it would be the future of comedy – and we believe in the power of audio as a key part of our future. SiriusXM has been an incredible partner since day one. With this new deal, we’re...

Sep 22, 2020

SiriusXM Appoints Nicole Hughey As New VP of Diversity & Inclusion

More Black women are stepping into leadership roles within the media and entertainment industries, and this week SiriusXM and Pandora Music has named Nicole Hughey as its new vice president of diversity & inclusion, Variety reports . We’re thrilled to welcome Nicole Hughey, our new Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, to the @SIRIUSXM + @pandoramusic family! We couldn’t be more excited to have her on board. Welcome, Nicole! #sxmpandoralife — SiriusXMLife (@siriusxmlife) July 16, 2020 Hughey’s new position is based out of New York, and she’s expected to report to Dara Altman, the company’s chief administrative officer. According to the company’s memo, Hughey will have a hand in creating and executing programs as well as evaluating the company’s policies and practices to “enable us to cultivate an organization with individuals of diverse backgrounds at all levels, and where all of our people are included and have the opportunity to grow and succeed.”...

Jul 17, 2020