NEW YORK — March 23, 2004 — SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced The Wiseguy Show, a weekly three-hour celebration of Italian-American culture. Veteran actor Vincent Pastore, best known for his role as Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on the HBO-TV series The Sopranos, will host the program.
Each week on The Wiseguy Show, Pastore will interview prominent guests from the Italian-American community. Pastore will also discuss current events, review movies, perform skits, give sex advice, and interact with SIRIUS listeners.
Of course, no show about Italian-Americans would be complete without music from such notables as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Jerry Vale and other classic crooners, and they’ll be included in The Wiseguy Show.
In addition to his work on The Sopranos, Pastore has appeared in a number of blockbuster movies and TV programs, including Carlito’s Way, Basketball Diaries, Gotti, Mickey Blue Eyes, Hurricane, Serving Sara and Witness to the Mob.
Musician, actor and SIRIUS creative consultant “Little” Steven Van Zandt will serve as Executive Producer of The Wiseguy Show. Van Zandt portrays Silvio Dante on The Sopranos. Award-winning New York radio personality Joe “Supreme Cugine” Causi will produce the show.
The Wiseguy Show will air live exclusively on SIRIUS’ commercial-free music stream Standard Time // 75 starting Saturday, March 27 at 4 pm ET . The program will be rebroadcast on the following day at 6 pm ET on SIRIUS Talk Central // 144.
The Wiseguy Show is the first program created for SIRIUS by Van Zandt’s Renegade Productions.
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