Monday, July 03, 2006

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON WILLIE NELSON JOINS XM SATELLITE RADIO TO RELAUNCH TRADITIONAL COUNTRY CHANNEL

XM's "Hank's Place" to Re-open Under New Management As "Willie's Place" on July 10

Washington D.C., June 29, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 6.5 million subscribers, announced today that country music legend Willie Nelson will join XM to launch "Willie's Place" (XM 13), XM's traditional country music channel, formerly known as "Hank's Place." In his new role as "proprietor" of "Willie's Place," Nelson will provide creative direction for the channel, as well as contribute exclusive programming to "Willie's Place" and other XM commercial-free music channels. "Willie's Place" will begin broadcasting July 10.

"I've been a fan of XM and Hank's Place since the very beginning. They put a lot of thought and hard work into making the channel sound as good as it does, so I feel privileged to be a part of it," said Willie Nelson.

"It's an honor to have an American music icon like Willie Nelson take the reins of our traditional country music channel," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM Satellite Radio. "Like the channel itself, Willie embodies the heart and soul of country music. His involvement further underscores XM's commitment to country music nationwide with the most country channels and innovative content for country fans."

In addition to changing the channel name, XM is building new studios for "Willie's Place" in Carl's Corner, TX, located in the Willie Nelson's BioDiesel Truck Stop. "Willie's Place" will begin broadcasting live from Carl's Corner in 2007

Willie will be a great addition to the channel and I know we'll have a great time down in Carl's Corner," said Eddie Kilroy, on-air personality for Hank's Place.

This announcement comes just a few days in advance of Willie Nelson's Annual Fourth of July Picnic concert. XM will air Willie's legendary concert, now in its 33rd year, on its progressive country channel X Country (XM 12) Tuesday, July 4 from 12 noon until 12 midnight ET. XM on-air hosts Jessie Scott and Eddie Kilroy will broadcast live from the concert site at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

In addition to Willie Nelson and the Family, other artists scheduled to appear include: Kris Kristofferson, David Allen Coe, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Leon Russell, Randy Rogers Band, Harmonic Tribe, Shooter Jennings, Paula Nelson, Noel Haggard, Folk Uke, Stoney LaRue, Titty Bingo, Johnny Bush, Del Castillo, Bonnie Bishop, Pauline Reese, The Mothertruckers, The Geezinslaws, James Hand, Freddy Powers and Bill McDavid, No Justice, Jimmy Lee Jones, Mike Graham and Heather Myles.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

BOB DYLAN'S XM RADIO SHOW DONATED TO NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY

"Baseball" Episode from Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" Added to Hall of Fame Archive
Washington D.C., June 28, 2006 -- Bob Dylan is once again headed for Cooperstown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has added to its archive the "baseball" episode from legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's critically acclaimed music show on XM Satellite Radio, "Theme Time Radio Hour." The one-hour episode contains Dylan singing an a cappella rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," along with classic baseball calls, such as Curt Gowdy's legendary call of Ted Williams' home run in his final at-bat with the Boston Red Sox, and baseball original compositions, such as Buddy Johnson's "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball" and "The Ball Game" by Sister Wynona Carr, among others. The "Theme Time Radio Hour" airs weekly on XM and features an eclectic mix of music based around a theme.
The CD will be added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library archive, which features more than 10,000 hours of recorded audio and video, and will be available for researchers to access.

Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio, which is also the official satellite radio network for Major League Baseball (MLB). The recording joins an historic cross-section of baseball-related cultural enterprises in the Hall of Fame Library archive, such as Abbott and Costello's Who's on First, interviews with other cultural icons about their love of baseball, along with a wide collection of sheet music and original baseball-themed recordings.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Library is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be arranged by calling 607-547-0330. Selected recordings from the Library audio and video collection are available for purchase by calling 607-547-0330.

Open seven days a week the year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Labor Day. Individual one-day ticket prices are $14.50 for adults (13 and over); $9.50 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations; and $5 for juniors (ages 7-12). Friends of the Hall of Fame members are always admitted free of charge and there is no cost for children six years of age or younger or for active and retired card-carrying military personnel. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633).

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 6.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.

XM SATELLITE RADIO ANNOUNCES "LAUGH OUT LOUD" JULY

XM's Popular Comedy Channels to Highlight Original Programming Featuring Dane Cook, Lewis Black, George Carlin and Others All Month Long
Washington D.C., June 27, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's largest satellite radio service with more than 6.5 million subscribers, is dedicating the month of July to celebrating America's freedom to laugh. "Laugh Out Loud" July will highlight original specials and unique programming featuring some of the biggest names in comedy across the XM platform, including its four dedicated comedy channels.
As part of "Laugh Out Loud" July, every night at 10 p.m. ET throughout the month XM will air a different episode of "Stand Up, Sit Down," the original XM series where top comics discuss their careers and craft with XM Comedy on-air host Sonny Fox. Lewis Black, George Carlin, John Cleese, Dane Cook, Bill Cosby, Mitch Fatel, Jim Gaffigan, Gilbert Gottfried, Mitch Hedberg, Robert Klein, Larry the Cable Guy, Richard Lewis, Kathleen Madigan, Carlos Mencia, Paul Mooney, Brian Regan, Ron White and many others will be featured in "Stand Up, Sit Down" episodes during the month.

In addition to "Stand Up, Sit Down," XM will showcase other great comedy programming, including classic comedy featuring Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart and others; the greatest comedy duos; the best in Canadian comedy, timeless comedy routines from Monty Python, and more. Complete broadcast details for XM's "Laugh Out Loud" July, including schedules and program descriptions, is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/lol.

"Since XM became the first to offer the 24-hour uncensored comedy format anywhere on radio - satellite or terrestrial - our comedy offerings have grown from mere concept to four channels with some of the strongest listenership on the platform," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "The response to XM's comedy programming has far surpassed expectations with XM Comedy alone consistently ranking as one of the top five most listened to channels on XM."

XM's programming lineup features four dedicated comedy channels that offer a range of round-the-clock comic programming - uncensored comedy on XM Comedy (XM 50), family comedy on Laugh USA (XM 151), Canadian comedy on Laugh Attack (XM 153) and irreverent comedy and talk from Opie and Anthony and Ron and Fez on High Voltage (XM 202). XM also offers other original programming with a comedic focus, such as "Broadminded," which airs weekday afternoons on XM's talk and lifestyle channel for women, Take Five (XM 150) and features a comical look at the world of pop culture, current events and the lives of its three female hosts.

Following "Laugh Out Loud" July, XM Satellite Radio's Opie and Anthony will kick off the "Opie and Anthony Traveling Virus Tour" in August. Headlined by O&A show mainstay Jim Norton the "Opie and Anthony Traveling Virus Tour" will also feature comics regularly appearing on the O&A show, including Bob Kelly, Bill Burr, Patrice Oneal, Rich Vos, Ralphie May, Bob Saget, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Shubert, Carlos Mencia and Dom Irrera. Special programming showcasing these talented comics will also be featured as part of XM's "Laugh Out Loud" July. Complete tour details are also available at http://www.xmradio.com/lol.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Music Industry Sues XM Satellite Radio Over Radio's that Record


June 20, 2006/foxnews/ The recording industry accuses XM Satellite Radio of "massive wholesale infringement" because of a $400 iPod-like device that allows XM customers to record up to 50 hours of music and automatically parse recordings by song and artist.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York by the Recording Industry Association of America, seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM Satellite customers using the device, which went on sale weeks ago. The company says it plays 160,000 different songs every month.

The lawsuit does not seek directly any payments from or sanctions against XM Satellite customers who record songs. But if the lawsuit were successful, it could raise the company's costs, which could be passed on to subscribers as higher monthly fees

Monday, June 19, 2006

Do you listen to MLB on the radio? If so I hope you have XM Radio

As you know, all sports go where the money is. Now it appears MLB may be getting ready to take another step in that direction. With only 23% of MLB on local broadcasting and 8 MLB team now exclusively on Cable TV, it is likely some teams may be moving to subscription radio exclusively versus terrestrial radio. Edison’s Larry Rosin tells the Wall Street Journal “it is probably inevitable that baseball radio broadcasts will go to a 100% subscription model... It will happen because there's too much money in it not to do it."

This could all be good news for XM Satellite Radio as they will hold the exclusive rights to all major-league baseball games for over-the-air broadcasts. The MLB's own online subsription Internet radio, MLB Radio, will surely benefit as well.

Due to revenue between XM Radio and MLB Radio being split evenly among the 30 teams, there's an added financial driver to make this happen. With 23% of XM subscribers signing on primarily to hear the MLB, the revenue driven (and shared) due to exclusivity would make dropping terrestrial radio the inevitable future.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Stern Fan Attacks Opie &Anthony Producer During 'Walk Over'

June 16, 2006/Orbitcast/ Howard Stern fan approached Opie & Anthony during the XM "Walk Over" on today's show. The Stern fan first came up to the microphone and said, "This is Opie and Anthony's whole audience here? I just wanna say, uhm, Howard Stern has a huge cock and I love him."

The Stern fan then continued and was allowed to say his anti-O&A/pro-Stern comments on the air (calling O&A "douchebags"). There was some back and forth - where the unnamed Stern fan claimed Opie & Anthony steal "a lot shit [from Stern]" - Anthony responded with "steal a lot of shit? Yeah, like his radio stations!"

At that point the Stern fan then threw Ben Sparks against a wall and was subdued by "Club Soda Kenny" and "Master Po" who pinned the Stern fan down and made him apologize on air. His alleged reason for the attack was that Ben Sparks (Opie & Anthony's Producer) spit on him. He was held until the NYPD came.

"Alright, that worked out well... that was the best walk yet!" Anthony said afterwards

The whole incident was caught on video.... more updates as they come in.

XM Artist Confidential spotlights one artist per episode







Spotlighting one artist per episode, XM's George Taylor Morris sits down with music's most fascinating personalities for revealing and candid one-on-one interviews. This intimate conversational forum unfolds before an audience of fans and friends in XM's Performance Theater

In addition to hearing music legends offer insights into their life, art, and the creative process, listeners experience XM-exclusive musical performances that are part of every episode. From Rush sharing an adventurous personal journey to Neil Sedaka recounting the dawn of rock 'n' roll first-hand, many unheard tales are told.

About the Host
George Taylor Morris is one of the most passionate and experienced music interviewers on the planet with vast experience and a deep and personal understanding of how musicians think. When Artist Confidential™ was launched, there was little doubt that George Taylor Morris simply had to be the host. His casual but studied manner literally defines the show, and his rapport with artists is beyond reproach as artists from Coldplay to McCartney have commented on the positive experience of XM's Artist Confidential™. Whether it's Wynton Marsalis or Def Leppard, George Taylor Morris has the knowledge and vibe to engage the artists and audience that make Artist Confidential™ a premiere XM presentation.

Check the schedule to see who is appearing next here

Joe Walsh of the Eagles on XM Offstage Monday, August 21, 2006


Joe Walsh of the Eagles, one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll takes over, creating radio the way he thinks it should sound.

Broadcast Dates and Times

  • Mon, Aug. 21 at 6PM ET The Loft - XM 50
  • Wed, Aug. 23 at 9AM ET Top Tracks - XM 46
  • Fri, Aug. 25 at 10PM ET Top Tracks - XM 46
  • Sat, Aug. 26 at 3PM ET The Loft - XM 50

DMC on XM Radio Deep Tracks Monday July 3, 2006

XM turns over the airwaves to one-half of the pioneering Run-D.M.C., a trio who broke nearly every boundary for hip-hop and sold millions of records along the way.
Broadcast Dates and Times

  • Mon., July 3 at 6PM ET Deep Tracks - XM 40
  • Wed., July 5 at 9AM ET Deep Tracks - XM 40
  • Fri., July 7 at 10PM ET Deep Tracks - XM 40
  • Sat., July 8 at 2PM ET Deep Tracks - XM 40

XM Offstage hosts Joe Elliot & Phil Collen of Def Leppard Monday June 19, 2006

Joe Elliot & Phil Collen of Def Leppard Monday June 19, 2006

XM turns over the keys to both Joe Elliott and Phil Collen to create their own radio shows. No rules. No restrictions. Both Joe and Phil pick the songs from their personal archives, tell stories, whip out instruments and do anything and everything they want, on their terms. Total creative freedom. Radio the way they think it should sound.

Broadcast Dates and Times
  • Mon, June 19 at 6PM ET Boneyard - XM 41
  • Wed., June 21 at 9AM ET Boneyard - XM 41
  • Fri., June 23 at 2PM ET Boneyard - XM 41
  • Sat., June 24 at 3PM ET Boneyard - XM 41
  • Sun., June 25 at 3AM ET Boneyard - XM 41

Dixie Chicks on XM Artist Confidential June 19, 2006

The Dixie Chicks gather in Studio A at XM's Jazz at Lincoln Center Theater for an unedited and uncensored hour of dialogue with George Taylor Morris and 100 fans from around the Country. Performing acoustically between the fascinating Q&A, Artist Confidential once again delivers a rare and intimate peek behind the curtain of these icons of popular Music.

Broadcast Dates and Times

  • Mon., June 19 at 9PMHighway 16 - XM 16
  • Weds., June 21 at 9AMUS Country - XM 17
  • Thurs., June 22 at 4PM ETHighway 16 - XM 16
  • Sat., June 24 at 11AMHighway 16 - XM 16
  • Sat., June 24 at Midnight ETUS Country - XM 17

Satellite Radio for Government: Emergency Alerts & Crisis Command and Control

June 16, 2006/ Orbitcast/ XM Satellite Radio has recently pitched the US Government on expanding their EAS (Emergency Alert System) broadcasts to include a crisis command and control initiative

You'll recall during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, XM enabled a dedicated channel (ch 248 - Red Cross Radio) and distributed satellite radio receivers out to relief workers, so they could receive updates and information while in the field. This is something that cell networks and terrestrial radio simply cannot provide.



Satellite Radio can provide many benefits to government agencies working in an emergency situation. As first reports come in during a crisis, instructions can be transmitted simultaneously to multiple resources - alleviating confusion on the field, and directing assests to where they are most needed.

The XM radios can be restricted to only receive only government selected channels (such as only news, and government channels). Further, since each individual receiver is assigned a unique Radio ID, XM has the ability to send a voice or data message to an individual radio or a select group of radios. Since the signal is encrypted, a secure message is sent to key decision-makers or field agents in the field through a robust network.

Very impressive stuff. As 9/11 and Katrina showed us, communication in the field should be a high priority, and the usage of an existing satellite-based, highly redundant system is pretty much a no-brainer

The U.S. Open will air live and nationwide on XM channel 146 from

June 16, 2006 / Orbitcast/ As part of XM Satellite Radio's expanded EAS initiative, XM is also working to develop a crank-powered satellite radio receiver that would allow listeners to receive signal during power outages. So during emergency situations where terrestrial radio networks are down and cell phone networks are rendered useless, you'll be able to receive emergency notices without any power source.



Not only would this be useful for government agencies, but the benefits for the civilians who live in areas where power outages are common for crisis situations (which is pretty much... anywhere).

Keep in mind that XM's Emergency Alert Channel (XM 247) is received free-of-charge to any XM receiver. So even non-subscribers have the capability of getting timely updates in disaster situations.

U.S. Open Golf Tournament to Air Live on XM Satellite Radio; Portable XM Radios Available for Spectators in the Gallery

WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Golf fans across thecountry can listen to comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Open on XMSatellite Radio this week, and spectators at the championship can pick upcomplimentary XM radios to hear the broadcast.

The U.S. Open will air live and nationwide on XM channel 146 fromThursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18. The XM broadcast will mark thefirst time that the championship will be carried on satellite radio.

XM will air complete play-by-play coverage of the U.S. Open, pre- andpost-round commentary, call-in shows, interviews with leading players, andon- site press conferences. XM's on-air team is currently broadcastingpre-event coverage from the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., thesite of the U.S. Open.

Each day at the championship site, XM will provide 1,000 portable XMradios for spectators to listen to the broadcast for the day at no charge.The XM booth will be located at the U.S. Open merchandise pavilion Thursdaythrough Sunday. Attendees can also opt to purchase a new XM radio.

"Spectators at the U.S. Open can pick up a complimentary XM radio forthe day to hear what's happening throughout the course," said KevinStraley, vice president of talk programming, XM Satellite Radio. "This isthe first time that the U.S. Open has been broadcast on satellite radio,and XM is very excited to be bringing the championship to millions ofpeople across the country."

XM Satellite Radio and Concord Music Group Partner to Release "Blistering Licks - Red Hot Riffs From The Giants of Jazz"

CD Features Fiery Tracks from John Coltrane, Miles Davis Quintet, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery and More available exclusively at Starbucks on June 27th

Washington D.C., June 14, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 6.5 million subscribers, and Concord Music Group, one of the world's largest independent record labels, today announced the release of Blistering Licks - Red Hot Riffs From the Giants of Jazz. The CD is the first in a series of co-branded compilations created with the best music from Concord's historically rich catalog and designed to reflect specific XM channels and original XM music shows. The record will be available at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 27th, 2006.

Blistering Licks - Red Hot Riffs From the Giants of Jazz features the true masters of instrumental jazz from the past 50 years, playing exhilarating, accelerating pieces. All the tracks, carefully selected for their sheer energy and virtuosity from classic Milestone, Prestige, Riverside and Contemporary sessions, as well as from more recent outings on the Concord Jazz, Pablo and Heads Up labels, can be heard on XM's flagship Jazz channel, Real Jazz (XM 70) or the popular Beyond Jazz (XM 72), two of the five commercial-free jazz and blues channels offered by XM. "You don't have to be a jazz fan to be amazed by the incredible, jaw-dropping virtuosity of these jazz greats,"said compilation producer and Concord VP of Jazz and Catalog A&R, Nick Phillips. "These guys burn from the first note to the last."

The intensity of the CD is palpable, with pieces by extroverted jammers Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis alongside masterful pianists Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum, who display their stunning skills in strictly up-tempo mode. Tenor titans Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane provide plenty of sparks, as do jazz guitar immortal Wes Montgomery and trumpet idol Miles Davis. The late tenor saxophonist Bob Berg, trumpeter Randy Brecker, Hammond B-3 killer Joey DeFrancesco, drummer Dennis Chambers, and Django-inspired guitar marvel Frank Vignola also add scintillating solos to this audacious mix. Along with some of the notable bandleaders in jazz history, Blistering Licks features a supporting cast that is bar none, including solos by Red Garland, Max Roach, Tommy Flanagan, Barney Kessel, and Shelly Manne.

"This new compilation reflects the XM music experience, which is all about discovery and exploration of different genres," said Lee Abrams, XM's Chief Creative Officer of Programming. "The quality, intensity and musicianship of the performances in this collection is overwhelming and represents just a small sampling of what both the Jazz universe and the XM musical landscape have to offer."

The track listing for Blistering Licks - Red-Hot Riffs from the Giants of Jazz follows:

  1. Sonny Rollins-It's All Right with Me (From Worktime on Prestige)
  2. Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry- Shaw 'Nuff (From Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry on Pablo)
  3. Wes Montgomery-Airegin (From The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery on Riverside)
  4. Johnny Griffin/Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis-Tickle Toe (From Tough Tenors on Jazzland)
  5. Miles Davis Quintet-Salt Peanuts (From Steamin' on Prestige)
  6. Hampton Hawes-Up Blues (From the album Four! on Contemporary)
  7. Bob Berg/Randy Brecker/Joey DeFrancesco/Dennis Chambers-Oleo (From JazzTimes Superband on Concord Jazz)
  8. Jaco Pastorius Big Band-Kuru/Speak Like A Child (From The Word Is Out on Heads Up)
  9. John Coltrane-Russian Lullaby (From Soultrane on Prestige)
  10. Bill Evans-Woody'n You (From On Green Dolphin Street on Milestone)
  11. Art Tatum with Roy Eldridge-This Can't Be Love (From The Tatum Group Masterpieces, vol. 2 on Pablo)
  12. Frank Vignola-Appel Direct (From Appel Direct on Concord)

a2zoutletstore.com announces 50 Free music downloads from eMusic with the purchase of the new Pioneer Inno XM + MP3 Satellite Radio

Today a2zoutletstore.com announced that with each purchase of the New Pioneer Inno XM + MP3 Satellite radio from their store the buyer will receive a certificate good for 50 free song downloads from eMusic.

There is no service obligation or commitment and additional songs after the 1st 50 are only $.25 each.

'Oprah & Friends' Exclusive Radio Channel to Launch On XM Satellite Radio


New Channel to Feature Diverse Daily Programming from Popular 'Oprah' Personalities as well as Original Weekly Reality Radio Program with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

WASHINGTON and CHICAGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harpo Radio, Inc. and XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers, today announced an exclusive, three-year agreement to launch "Oprah & Friends," a satellite radio channel on XM. "Oprah & Friends" will debut in September 2006 and will feature a broad range of original programming from Harpo Radio, Inc., including regular segments hosted by popular personalities from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and O, The Oprah Magazine and an exclusive original weekly reality radio show with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. The channel will be broadcast from a new state-of-the-art XM studio at Harpo Studios in Chicago

The "Oprah & Friends" channel will feature original daily programming on a variety of topics including nutrition, fitness, health, self improvement, home, and current events from popular "Oprah" personalities, including Bob Greene, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Robin Smith, Marianne Williamson, Nate Berkus, and Gayle King.

"Together with my friends, we look forward to creating programming that will entertain, inform and inspire our listening audience on XM," said Oprah Winfrey.

"Oprah Winfrey is a prolific force in our culture whose unprecedented achievements in television, film, publishing and philanthropy will bring an amazing radio experience to the XM nation of subscribers. We are proud to welcome Oprah and her talented team to the XM family," said Hugh Panero, President and Chief Executive Officer, XM Satellite Radio. "'Oprah & Friends' is a testament to XM's unwavering commitment to provide our diverse subscriber base with the kind of smart, high-quality programming that makes a difference in their lives."

"Today's announcement with XM marks an exciting new chapter in the evolution of Harpo's media portfolio," said Tim Bennett, President, Harpo Productions, Inc. "'Oprah & Friends' will not only complement our existing television, print, film, cable and online properties but will provide new opportunities to extend our brand to XM's millions of listeners."

XM Satellite Radio Expands Channel Lineup to Include More than 170 Channels, Offering the Most Choice and the Most Channels In Satellite Radio

Washington, D.C., March 27, 2006 – XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation’s leading satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers, today unveiled its new channel lineup that will expand the total number of XM channels to more than 170 with the addition of 10 new commercial-free music channels and seven regional news and talk channels coming this spring and summer.
“Our programming lineup demonstrates the depth and breadth of XM’s industry-leading content portfolio,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. “We continue to expand programming with our first-ever regional news and talk channels, innovative music formats, plus 10 new music channels that demonstrate XM’s firm commitment to providing the most choice and most channels in satellite radio.”

XM HAS THE MOST COMMERCIAL-FREE MUSIC CHANNELS

Overall, XM’s new channel line-up has 69 commercial-free music channels, the most commercial-free music channels in satellite radio. XM added two new commercial-free music channels on March 1: Big Tracks (XM Channel 49), focusing on classic rock from the late 70’s onward, and XM Chill (XM Channel 84), devoted to Chill music. During April and May, XM will bring the total number of new commercial-free music channels to 10. These new channels include the return of the heavy metal channel XM Liquid Metal by popular demand. The new commercial-free music channels on XM are:

• Big Tracks (XM Channel 49): Classic Rock from the late 70’s onward
• XM Chill (XM Channel 84): Chill Music
• U.S. Country (XM Channel 17): Country Superstars of the 80s & 90s
• Flight 26 (XM Channel 26): Modern Hits of the 90’s & Now
• XM Hitlist (XM Channel 30): Today’s Hit Music
• enLighten (XM Channel 34): Southern Gospel
• XM Liquid Metal (XM Channel 42): Heavy Metal
• The Heat (XM Channel 68): Rhythmic Top 40
• Escape (XM Channel 78): Easy Listening
• Viva (XM Channel 91): Latin Pop Hits

NEW REGIONAL NEWS, TALK AND MUSIC CHANNEL CATEGORY

XM will introduce six new regional news and talk channels that will, for the first time, bring XM subscribers regional news coverage for every area of the continental U.S. These channels will be added to the line-up during the late spring/early summer period. Details about the new channels will be announced prior to launch. They will complement the recent addition of Cincinnati’s tri-state news radio station WLW (XM Channel 160).

All seven regional news and talk channels provided by Clear Channel Communications will comprise a new category on the channel guide called “Regional News, Talk & Music Channels.”

This new category will also include Clear Channel-programmed music channels KISS, MIX, Nashville, and Sunny, plus the launch of WSIX, with acclaimed country personality Gerry House live from Nashville. As previously announced, Clear Channel will start carrying commercials on these music channels in May, so they are grouped separately from XM’s lineup of 69 commercial-free music channels on the new channel guide.

“OPRAH & FRIENDS” ON XM STARTING IN SEPTEMBER ON CHANNEL 156

The recently-announced Oprah & Friends channel will debut on XM channel 156, beginning in September 2006. The channel will feature a weekly reality radio show with Oprah Winfrey and the editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine, Gayle King, as well as programs hosted by Oprah’s friends, all experts who appear regularly on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” including exercise physiologist Bob Greene, author Marianne Williamson, psychologist Dr. Robin Smith, heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, and interior design expert Nate Berkus.

BOB DYLAN’S XM SHOW DEBUTS IN MAY ON “DEEP TRACKS”

Bob Dylan will host a weekly, hour-long music show exclusively on XM beginning in May on XM’s deep album rock channel Deep Tracks (XM Channel 40). The program marks the first time the music legend has ever hosted a radio show. The show features an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan. He will offer regular commentary on music and other topics, and interview special guests, including fellow musicians.

MORE SPORTS ON XM

• Major League Baseball is back in full swing on XM, the official satellite radio network of MLB. Baseball fans can hear games for every team, all season long on XM, from Opening Day on April 2 to the World Series this fall on XM channels 176 – 189. XM is also home to MLB Home Plate (XM Channel 175), the only national, 24-hour talk radio channel devoted to baseball.• XM’s sports lineup also includes a newly launched channel dedicated to FIFA World Cup Soccer (XM Channel 148) featuring play-by-play coverage and original specials in English. Spanish-language coverage of FIFA World Cup Soccer will be available on XM Deportivo (XM Channel 147).

• XM recently premiered a sports talk show co-hosted by political guru James Carville and Luke Russert, son of newsman Tim Russert. The hour-long Carville/Russert sports show “60/20” airs weekly on XM Live (XM Channel 200), Fridays at 8:00 am ET with encores at 9:00 am and 10:00 am and Saturdays at 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am (all times ET).

Subscribers can block any channel by calling XM Listener Care at 1-800-XM-RADIO. Channels that may include frequent explicit language are indicated with an XL on the channel lineup. Complete information about XM’s new programming lineup, including channel guides, is available online at www.xmradio.com/newlineup.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

a2zoutletstore.com announces the arrival of the Samsung Helix XM + MP3 Radio

The A2Z Outlet Store now has the Samsung Helix XM + MP3 players in stock and ready to ship. Be one of the first people to get the thinest xm radio on the market.

The Helix satellite radio player offers the full capabilities of satellite radio and MP3 music, the two most popular forms of digital audio entertainment introduced over the past 20 years. You now have a converged solution that offers XM Satellite Radio’s 160 channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, and talk radio, and the ability to store and play their MP3 collection, all on one portable Samsung device. The Helix will allow you to be totally mobile while enjoying XM broadcasts live. The color screen allows for enhanced viewing of stock quotes and sport scores. This is the ultimate digital experience.

Features include:

  • portable handheld XM satellite radio & MP3/ WMA player
  • home accessories included: cradle, antenna, power adapter, audio cable
  • built-in antenna allows for portable reception of live XM broadcasts
  • internal memory for storage of up to 50 hours of XM programming, including individual songs and blocks of XM programming
  • scheduled-recording capability
  • MP3/WMA storage — up to half of the internal memory (not quite 25 hours, due to file size)
  • MP3s/WMAs and XM songs can be mixed in the same playlist
  • bright, full-color display shows channel, artist, and song information
  • 20-song/artist TuneSelect memory alerts you when songs or artists you’ve saved are playing on XM
  • 50 channel presets
  • XM + Napster software for purchasing music online
  • display shows scrolling info extras, including sports scores and a stock ticker
    earbuds
  • USB cable for uploading MP3s from your computer
  • wireless FM transmitter for use with the optional car kit allows reception over any in-dash FM stereo
  • weight: 4.5 oz
  • 2-1/4"W x 3-3/4"H x 11/16"D

Human Rights Campaign and XM Satellite Radio Launch "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese"

Talk Show Mixing Politics, Entertainment and Cultural News in a Weekly Conversation to Engage Americans in GLBT Equality Debuts July 17

Washington D.C., June 08, 2006 -- The Human Rights Campaign and XM Satellite Radio today announced the launch of a new, live talk show hosted by Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" will include a mix of politics, entertainment and cultural news and views through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities and listener call-ins. "The Agenda" will premiere July 17, exclusively on XM.

"This is a unique opportunity to engage millions of Americans in a real conversation about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender today," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Our goal has always been to engage more Americans in a dialogue about fairness and equality, and XM's more than 6.5 million subscribers give us an incredible reach into rural as well as urban American homes and cars."

Every week, "The Agenda" will mix current events with lifestyle topics and feature audience interaction through live listener calls. Future broadcasts also will include headline guests, like celebrities Cyndi Lauper and George Takei; political leaders like Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.; religious leaders like Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and national and local community leaders who are fighting for equality on the front lines.

The program will be broadcast live from XM's Washington, D.C., studios and utilize the production capabilities of the Human Rights Campaign's state-of-the-art media center. Solmonese will be joined each week by "The Agenda" executive producer Mary Breslauer of Boston, a former radio talk show host, former HRC board member and longtime GLBT activist.

"'The Agenda' will be an entertaining and informative show, helping us to broaden the base for fairness," said Breslauer. "With the midterm elections approaching and a presidential election in 2008, this is the time to be talking more, not less, with America. XM Satellite Radio is a powerful, cutting-edge vehicle to bring these conversations to a national scale."

"The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" will premiere on Monday, July 17, on XM LIVE (XM channel 200) in its regular weekly timeslot from 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time, with additional encore broadcasts airing throughout the week. Coinciding with the Gay Games in Chicago, the debut episode of "The Agenda" will feature live coverage of the games, as well as a look at being GLBT in the Windy City.

"Having long supported the GLBT community through our corporate work, the addition of 'The Agenda with Joe Solmonese' to XM's programming lineup is a welcomed one that will provide our listeners with even more engaging content choices," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "'The Agenda' is an example of XM's commitment to offering a broad range of programming that reflects our nation's diverse social and political landscape."

Complete show details as well as high-resolution photos are available online at www.hrc.org/TheAgenda and www.xmradio.com/TheAgenda.

DIXIE CHICKS, PRETENDERS, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROB THOMAS HEADLINE XM SATELLITE RADIO'S NEW SEASON OF EXCLUSIVE MUSIC PROGRAMMING

Summer Schedule Also Includes New Original XM Series "OFFSTAGE," Featuring Celebrated Artists Behind the Mic as DJ

Washington D.C., May 24, 2006 -- Just in time for summer, XM Satellite Radio announced today the Dixie Chicks, Pretenders, David Gilmour and Rob Thomas will be among the artists featured during the new season of XM's original music programming, along with many other celebrated stars of rock, pop, country, hip hop and classical music. Beginning in June, XM music fans will hear fresh installments of the popular original XM series "Artist Confidential" and "Artist 2 Artist," as well as "Offstage," the latest addition to XM's original programming lineup.

The Dixie Chicks' episode of "Artist Confidential" premieres Monday, June 19 at 9 pm ET on XM's country hits channel, Highway 16 (XM 16), and fans of The Pretenders can catch their "Artist Confidential" episode on Monday, August 7 at 6 pm ET on The 80s channel (XM 8). Encore broadcasts of both episodes will air on additional XM channels during the summer.

Hosted by XM's George Taylor Morris, "Artist Confidential" features live performances and candid, one-on-one interviews with celebrated artists who reveal rare insights on their lives and art before an audience of fans and friends at XM's state-of-the-art Performance Theaters in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The summer season of "Artist Confidential" also will feature Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Cars, The Doobie Brothers, INXS, Steven Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the first-ever "Artist Confidential" to be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound, featuring Alan Parsons

In addition to "Artist Confidential," XM will premiere a new installment of "Artist 2 Artist," the original bi-monthly XM series in which emerging stars interview their personal music legends about their life as an artist. The new episode features rising pop star Anna Nalick interviewing Rob Thomas and will premiere Monday, July 10 at 6 p.m. ET on Flight 26 (XM 26) XM's commercial-free channel for pop hits from the 90s.

Also premiering this summer is XM's newest original music series, "Offstage." Each month "Offstage" hands over the microphone and XM's vast music library to a well-known artist to play the music they want and speak their mind. A new episode of "Offstage" will premiere each month, with encores airing throughout the following weeks. To kick off this new series Joe Elliot and Phil Collen of Def Leppard will serve as the first "Offstage" host on XM's dedicated 80's hard rock channel, Boneyard (XM 41) premiering Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET.

Future episodes of "Offstage" will be hosted by a variety of rock and hip-hop icons, including Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Greg Allman, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, and others.

Complete scheduling information for XM's original music programming, including air dates, times and channels for the summer seasons of "Artist Confidential," "Artist 2 Artist," and "Offstage" is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/exclusivemusic.

Friday, December 09, 2005

XM SATELLITE RADIO TO BROADCAST FIFA® WORLD CUP GERMANY 2006 SOCCER TEAM DRAW LIVE ON DECEMBER 9

U.S. Soccer Great Alexi Lalas and Legendary Soccer Commentator Andres Cantor to Host XM's Exclusive Satellite Radio Coverage in English and Spanish

Washington D.C., December 07, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, announced today that it will broadcast the FIFA® World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer team draw live from Germany on Friday, December 9. XM's coverage of the World Cup draw will air in English on XM LIVE (XM Channel 200) at 2:30 p.m. ET, with repeat broadcasts through out the day. XM also will broadcast Spanish-language coverage of the World Cup draw, hosted by legendary soccer commentator and XM on-air personality, on XM's 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel XM Deportivo (XM Channel 147) at 2:30 p.m. ET.

U.S. soccer veteran Alexi Lalas will join the XM team during the World Cup selection to provide commentary throughout the broadcast. A former soccer defender, Lalas became one of the most famous soccer players in the United States after his play in the 1994 World Cup. A global soccer veteran, Lalas has played soccer professionally around the world and in U.S. with various Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. He is currently the President and GM of the MetroStars of MLS.

As the official satellite radio network for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, XM has rights to broadcast play-by-play of all 64 tournament matches in both English and Spanish. The Spanish play-by-play coverage will be featured on XM Deportivo. The English-language coverage of World Cup matches will air on a separate channel.

XM SATELLITE RADIO "PROMOTES" SNOOP DOGG TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Snoop To Oversee XM's Classic Hip Hop Channel In Addition To Hosting His Exclusive XM Music Show

Washington D.C., December 08, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, has named multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dogg as executive producer of XM's classic hip-hop channel The Rhyme (XM Channel 65), current home of Snoop's popular radio show "Welcome to Da Chuuch With Big Snoop Dogg," available exclusively on XM Satellite Radio.

"I am truly excited about being able to have total control over the music and programming for The Rhyme on XM. I will play music that people have never heard and music that they haven't heard in a long time," said Snoop Dogg. "We need more Snoop Dogg music all the time because the music I play makes people feel good. Consider yourself a part of this new Snoop Dogg eargasm."

As executive producer, Snoop will provide the creative direction for the channel and assist in the development of new exclusive programming for The Rhyme, as well as other channels. In addition to serving as executive producer, Snoop will continue to host "Welcome to Da Chuuch" on The Rhyme, which debuted on XM in December 2004. Beginning in early 2006, "Welcome to Da Chuuch" will return for a new season on The Rhyme with new episodes airing each week.

"Snoop is a definitive hip-hop icon and he continues to bring his love and knowledge of music to XM, now as executive producer of The Rhyme. With his new role Snoop will have an even larger platform to bring his unique musical sensibilities to millions of XM listeners who will be experiencing the audio history of hip-hop in a bigger way," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio.

A music and cultural icon, Snoop Dogg has recorded some of the most popular rap albums of all time and established his work as part of the soundtrack for a generation. In addition to his music career, Snoop has also enjoyed success in film and television, both as an actor and producer.

Snoop Dogg is currently staring in XM's "Listen Large,"â„¢ holiday marketing campaign, featuring television, print, radio, online and outdoor advertising to promote XM's wide variety of programming and best-in-class satellite radios.