SiriusXM and The Last Mile Lauch "The Last Mile Radio"
SiriusXM Launches Powerful New Show About Justice System Reform and Paving the Road to Success for the Formerly Incarcerated
“The Last Mile Radio” will be hosted by the prison technology education program’s co-founder Chris Redlitz and formerly incarcerated musician and audio producer Maserati-E
The weekly show will premiere on SiriusXM Triumph channel on March 4
SiriusXM has also created a program for The Last Mile alumni to learn audio production skills
NEW YORK – February 28, 2023 – SiriusXM today announced a new show inspired by The Last Mile (TLM), a unique in-prison program that’s changing lives through technology-based education by preparing currently incarcerated students for careers upon their release. The Last Mile Radio, hosted by the program’s co-founder, Chris Redlitz, and formerly incarcerated musician and audio producer, Eric Abercrombie (known as “Maserati-E”), will premiere on Saturday, March 4 at 12pm ET on SiriusXM Triumph channel 111.
Started in 2010 by venture capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti, two highly-regarded tech entrepreneurs, The Last Mile launched as a “tech accelerator” inside California’s San Quentin prison. The program teaches incarcerated individuals web development, audio and video production, professional and personal development, and, most critically, offers a second chance at life. It has since expanded from California into prisons in other states including Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, and most recently Massachusetts. In 2017, SiriusXM produced a six-part documentary series on The Last Mile that went on to win a Gracie Award for Best Special-National.
Inspired by the program, every week The Last Mile Radio will amplify the voices of influencers who are helping evolve the U.S. Justice System as we know it. Chris and Maserati-E will also spotlight impactful stories of current and former TLM students, who will discuss topics including music and creativity in prison, emotional literacy and processing emotions, goal setting, supporting means of reentry, educating the public, ways to get involved in prison reform and rehabilitation, and much more. Early expected guests include: Hollywood film producer Scott Budnick; SiriusXM host Sway Calloway; music industry executive and board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom; entertainment icon and TLM board member MC Hammer, Death Row Records co-founder Michael (Harry O) Harris; Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb; Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM Alliance Jessica Jackson; music and film producer Quincy D Jones III; Indiana Pacers team owner Steve Simon; former Tupac Shakur manager Leila Steinberg; motivational speaker, Sebastian Terry; and others.
“We are thrilled to launch The Last Mile Radio with SiriusXM. The show’s mission is to inspire listeners with social impact stories. Co-host Maserati-E and I will engage with changemakers destined to shift the status quo,” said Chris Redlitz.
“I believe that people treat you the way they see you; that can be lethal when you’re not seen as an equal. In collaboration with the leading audio entertainment company in North America, we’ve created a platform for voices that have traditionally been silenced. As a justice-impacted man, I see this show as a means to build understanding that can ultimately lead to change,” said Maserati-E.
“We’re so proud of the strong relationship we’ve continued to build with The Last Mile since we first produced a documentary series on the program six years ago,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “The Last Mile Radio is going to address complex topics in a compelling way, casting a light on a subject that aims to help people start a new life.”
In addition to the new Saturday show, SiriusXM has recently created a program for The Last Mile alumni which provides training about all facets of radio production from both the technical and production side. Already underway, it’s teaching a TLM alum how to operate a soundboard, use audio editing software, and participate in the production of live and pre-taped radio shows, preparing him for a role in the audio industry.
After premiering each Saturday at 12pm ET, replays of The Last Mile Radio will broadcast the next day at 9am ET and 3pm ET.
The Last Mile Radio is available to subscribers nationwide in their car and on the SXM App. The SXM App is available to subscribers on mobile devices and a wide variety of connected platforms in the home including smart speakers, smart TVs and streaming media players. Streaming access is included with all of SiriusXM’s audio trials and most popular plans.
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Chris Redlitz is the co-founder of The Last Mile, the most progressive prison education program in the world and is the Managing Partner of Transmedia Capital based in Silicon Valley. Early in his career, Chris received Ad Age’s prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Prior to co-founding several innovative tech startups, Chris was part of Reebok’s explosive growth and owned one of the first specialty running stores in Southern California and remains a health and fitness advocate.
Eric Abercrombie (Maserati-E), was born in Oakland, California and was featured in the Emmy-nominated Documentary “Q-Ball.” During his incarceration, he learned sound design and film while at San Quentin State Prison. His mission is to show the world that people should not be defined by their past mistakes or conditions and provide a glimpse of what can be accomplished if afforded the opportunity. Eric hopes to change the world by seeing it through a different lens.
About The Last Mile
Turn 2 U Inc. dba The Last Mile (TLM) is an Oakland, CA based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for justice-impacted individuals through education and technology training. Through prison education, transitional support and workforce reentry, TLM is disrupting the system of mass incarceration across the United States. In-classroom curricula and course material prepare students for meaningful employment in modern job roles including web development, software engineering and audio and video production. Students cultivate personal and professional development in alignment with the technical education and with the support of TLM reentry staff, volunteers, and a community founded on shared lived experience.
The Last Mile is celebrating more than a decade as an organization, originating with its first program in San Quentin State Prison in California. The Last Mile has continued to leverage the power of public-private partnerships with Departments of Corrections and industry leading companies. Programs are currently operating in 7 states and 16 facilities across the United States. TLM has been able to expand its purpose, To Imagine, Build and Open Doors, into other facilities through these partnerships as well as funding and employment opportunities from the technology sector, including Google.org, Slack, GitLab, Stand Together, Bank of America, Apple and more.
About Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
SiriusXM is the leading audio entertainment company in North America with a portfolio of audio businesses including its flagship subscription entertainment service SiriusXM; the ad-supported and premium music streaming services of Pandora; an expansive podcast network; and a suite of business and advertising solutions. Reaching a combined monthly audience of approximately 150 million listeners, SiriusXM offers a broad range of content for listeners everywhere they tune in with a diverse mix of live, on-demand, and curated programming across music, talk, news, and sports. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.
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