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Today, Margaritaville, the global lifestyle brand, announced the debut of License to Chill, a weekly podcast series transporting listeners to a vacation state of mind. The series will be hosted by longtime friends and tropical lifestyle enthusiasts, Ryan Middledorf and Patrick McDonald.

Ryan and Patrick will explore the ways to live the Margaritaville lifestyle each and every day and provide engaging conversations with eclectic personalities. Among the first guests include legendary musicians Graham Nash and Timothy B. Schmit.

“The entire team at Margaritaville is thrilled to expand our work with SiriusXM on this new and exciting project,” said Courtney Watkins, Vice President of Marketing Content and Communications at Margaritaville. “License to Chill is yet another way for us to inspire an everyday escape and provide a little bit of paradise, making listeners feel like their feet are in the sand with a drink in their hand, despite their current latitude.”

Ryan Middledorf is an Emmy-nominated podcast producer and the co-host of Friday Nights with Patrick and Ryan on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville. Ryan has developed and produced numerous projects over the years, including The Good Place: The Podcast, Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Podcast, The Vault by Access Hollywood, The Challengers with Amy Brenneman, and more. In 2012, he founded the audio-production company and network Campfire Media, which, for over ten years, was home to 50-plus shows from actors, writers, and improvisers in the LA-comedy scene, including Mouth Feelings starring Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, Lizard People with comedian Katelyn Hempstead, and This Is Who We Are from musician Sean Watkins.

Patrick McDonald is host, writer, and actor originally from Mansfield, Texas, and a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA. Along with Ryan Middledorf, Patrick was co-host of the “Parrothead Podcast” since 2015, and has been a Friday night host on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville since 2021. A longtime comedian and improviser, Patrick has been performing comedy at the UCB Theater in LA since 2014. In 2022, Patrick was the Creative Director of SMOSH, a legacy YouTube Channel with 25 million subscribers. Acting credits: Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Army of the Dead, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Patrick is the creator of “The Coronda Chronicles,” a popular mid-quarantine Instagram sitcom following the adventures of Patrick and a mannequin he was quarantining with, which was profiled in “Arts + Leisure.” His favorite vacation of all time was a trip to the Canary Islands where he and his friends got pickpocketed on the beach but still ended up spinning it into the trip of a lifetime.

License to Chill will release new, 30-minute episodes weekly on SiriusXM’s podcast network as well as all major listening platforms, including Pandora, Apple, Spotify, iHeart, Amazon, Google, and Stitcher

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