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SiriusXM Opens West Coast Studio in WeHo With Howard Stern Broadcast

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HOLLYWOOD — Howard Stern commemorated the official grand opening of SiriusXM Hollywood Studios this week, welcoming some of the biggest superstars in entertainment for news-making interviews, comedy, and live performances.

The new studio is located adjacent to West Hollywood in an eight-story building on the southwest corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street. CIM Group signed a long-term lease with SiriusXM to use 27,000 of the 67,000-square-feet in the building for its west coast programming headquarters.

SiriusXM Hollywood Studios are located in the now completed CIM Group building at Sycamore and Romaine.

A portion of an adjacent CIM building to the south was also leased to be used for a live performance space and broadcast studio for multiple channels and shows. The space will be known as “The Garage,” and has already hosted a private concert by the Dave Matthews Band for SiriusXM subscribers. 

It was Stern’s first West Coast broadcast in almost 20 years kicked off with a star-studded first show including guests Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Levine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Widely-praised as the best interviewer in the business, Stern’s conversation with Aniston revealed whether a Friends reunion is in the works, and his talk with Downey, Jr. touched on his Iron Man legacy and Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies.

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine also performed their new song “Memories,” a tribute to the band’s manager who recently passed away. 

Subsequent shows featured an uproarious interview with Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg, and a deeply personal 75-minute interview with Demi Moore.

The special week ended with a bang when one the world’s best-selling rock bands, Green Day, performed a fully electric set in the special Howard Stern Studio created for the week at SiriusXM Hollywood. The five-time Grammy-Award winning band performed two of their biggest hits, “American Idiot” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” as well as their newest single, “Father of All…” which is also the title-track from their forthcoming thirteenth studio album. 

“We knew there was only one way to launch SiriusXM Hollywood. It could only have been Howard Stern,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Howard has never been bigger and brought the excitement, skill, energy, and star power to our new Los Angeles headquarters that put us instantly at the forefront of Hollywood media.”

“New office space that attracts entertainment businesses, such as SiriusXM, is a welcome addition to the area,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu. “It brings good jobs to the district and enhances revenue for the city and local businesses. As the employee base grows it attracts new retailers and restaurants and other amenities to the area, enriching the community for all.”

The building features a sleek, contemporary design, with floor-to-ceiling glass façades. Office space is created on the top three floors to maximize light and views and on a portion of the ground floor, while parking is provided on floors 2-5 along with two subterranean levels. The ground floor also features retail space fronting Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street.

“The addition of SiriusXM to the neighborhood exemplifies the strong appeal of the area to entertainment and media businesses. It provides a walkable environment with a multitude of purveyors of art, food and fashion near desirable residential options and public transportation. These attributes make this a prime location for a modern office building,” noted Shaul Kuba, Cofounder and Principal, CIM Group.

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RAGE is Latest Venue to Fall Victim to the Pandemic

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Another LGBTQ+ Nightlife Destination Has Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

WEST HOLLYWOOD (L.A. Magazine) — Rage nightclub has been a destination for LGBTQ+ nightlife in the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard corridor of West Hollywood for decades. Now, nearly 40 years after first opening its doors, the club has announced it has permanently closed, yet another local business to collapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rage nightclub management lays some portion of the blame on their landlord, Monte Overstreet. The club’s now-former general manager, Ron Madrill, told Q Voice News that rent for the location was already “very high” prior to operations shutting down in March. He says he believes an impasse over rent payments may have contributed to Rage’s closure.

Overstreet also reportedly owns the space formerly occupied by neighboring bar Flaming Saddles Saloon, which also announced […]

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21 Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus at Rock n Roll Ralphs

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Workers protest outside Ralphs in Hollywood where 21 have tested positive for coronavirus

HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Workers rallied Friday outside a Ralphs store in Hollywood where 21 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The group called on the store to take more aggressive action when staff test positive for the virus, and to ramp up efforts to protect the grocery store employees, who are considered essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

They said they speak for thousands of workers who are afraid they aren’t getting enough protection as the virus continues to spread countywide, infecting more than 24,000 as of Friday.

The Ralphs at 7257 W. Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving several workers who tested positive for the virus, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which lists businesses and […]

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‘Stay Put, Order In’ and Dine With Friends on Zoom, Says Mayor

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and our community members are used to gathering around restaurant tables and enjoying meals together. Now, there’s an opportunity to, instead, gather around kitchen tables at home and enjoy a meal (or many!) while supporting our local restaurants.

“One of the worst things about the Safer At Home directive is being disconnected from friends, neighbors, and the city around us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Don’t be alone if you don’t have to be – take advantage of the technology out there and invite a friend to Zoom in for Ziti or share some Farfalle over FaceTime.”

Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones using virtual teleconferencing technology, while partaking in your favorite delivered or takeout food.

City Encourages Residents to Support Local Restaurants During Safer At Home Orders

Many West Hollywood restaurants remain open and are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery meals, which are sensitive to social distancing during the emergency. The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a directory of “Stay Put, Order In” eateries in West Hollywood, which is accessible by visitingwww.weho.org/coronavirus (click the “Stay Put, Order In” link!) or www.wehochamber.com/dinein. This list is updated daily.

“We need to start hanging out together, and talking, and seeing each other again. So, why not plan to #WeHoDinnerConnect this week – maybe Saturday at 8 p.m.? Or Sunday at 7 p.m.? Or even just 15 minutes of screen-to-screen gossip,” said Mayor D’Amico. “And you don’t have to cook a thing… local restaurants have meals and menus tailored to take-away choices and they’re ready to send food over to your house or make arrangements for you to pick it up.”

If picking up food, remember to wear face coverings, which are required to enter essential businesses.

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