Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a millionaire entrepreneur who earned his fortune running media companies in the cruise industry, loves the limelight and promoting the Beach — so much so that broadcasting giant SiriusXM took notice and offered him a limited-run radio show.
In a news release, SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said the mayor’s “energy” and “big personality” make him a good fit for hosting “The Mayor,” a six-week show that will debut on channel 121 at 6 p.m. March 8.
After that, the hour-long program will run every Tuesday at 6 p.m. through April 12. It will also be available on demand for SiriusXM subscribers.
“Mayor Philip Levine has both big ideas for his SiriusXM show and an equally big personality, and I’m confident his energy and sharp political mind will make ‘The Mayor’ a true asset to SiriusXM’s Talk line-up,” Greenstein said.
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The program, which will occasionally be broadcast live, will spotlight mayors and entertainers from other American cities. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett have already recorded a roundtable conversation for first show.
“In American politics, the one class of elected officials that I really feel Americans feel good about are the mayors,” Levine told the Miami Herald on Wednesday. “Mayors get things done.”
He has also interviewed musician Emilio Estefan and wants to have other cultural figures on the program.
Levine, a Democrat who has spent time traveling to stump for Hillary Clinton during primary season, said his show will remain bipartisan and won’t be a place for him to campaign.
He said he wants to focus on talking to other mayors about issues that face American cities like crime, the environment and infrastructure.
The mayor said he’s not getting paid for the gig, and he sees it as an opportunity to promote Miami Beach and show the personal side of decision-makers in government.
“The first one I did went kinda smooth,” he said. It’s like the way you would talk to a friend that you’re interested in. That’s it. And let them talk.”