Thursday, September 29, 2005

Coach K Joins XM Satellite Radio to Host Exclusive XM Show

Legendary Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski to Host 'Basketball and Beyond with Coach K,' Available Only on XM, the Official Satellite Radio Network of the ACC

WASHINGTON and DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- XM Satellite Radio,the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 5 millionsubscribers, today announced that Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski,one of the most successful and influential figures in sports, will host hisown XM Satellite Radio program.

"Basketball and Beyond with Coach K" will offer a mix of topical issues,such as the state of college basketball; interviews with special guests,including business leaders, entertainers, and athletes; and Krzyzewski'spersonal perspective on principles for life on and off the court.

Coach K and his co-host, sportscaster Dave Sims, will launch the XM Radioprogram on October 12. The hour-long program will air Wednesdays at 4:00 pmET on XM's college sports channels 191 through 199, with encore broadcasts onvarious channels during the week. A full schedule will be available online athttp://www.xmradio.com.

"Mike Krzyzewski is an icon in the sports world, and he represents thevery best that college basketball has to offer," said Eric Logan, executivevice president of programming, XM Satellite Radio. "College basketball willbe an integral part of Coach K's show on XM, but as the name of the showimplies, it will go above and beyond the sport. This is a very unique casewhere you have an individual who is one of the most respected coaches insports, and whose knowledge and wisdom extend far beyond athletics, and thatmakes for a great radio show."

"This show should be outstanding," said Krzyzewski. "I am very excited towork with a consummate professional like Dave Sims, who brings a great deal ofexperience in the broadcasting business. He will make the show so much better.XM Satellite Radio has been very supportive in formatting the show to allow usto run 'motion offense' to react accordingly to the topical issues in sports,business and beyond."

Krzyzewski has one of the top coaching resumes of all-time. In 30 years asa head coach, Coach K has compiled a 721-246 record, led Duke to three NCAAChampionships (1991, 1992 and 2001), guided the Blue Devils to 10 Final Fourappearances in the past 20 seasons, developed 21 All-Americas and mentoredseven National Players of the Year. The Blue Devils, who have been ranked No.1 in 12 different seasons, have won nine Atlantic Coast Conference titles,including six of the past seven. Krzyzewski was inducted in the NaismithBasketball Hall of Fame on October 5, 2001. Additionally, he has co-writtenthree books, including "Leading with the Heart," which reached the New YorkTimes best-seller list in 2000.

Sims, the show's co-host and two-time Emmy Award winner, is a veteranbroadcaster with experience hosting talk shows, calling play-by-play for radioand television, and anchoring/reporting the sports news. Sims continues tohandle weekly NFL play-by-play and men's NCAA Tournament play-by-play dutiesfor Westwood One/CBS Radio. He has been calling college basketball games forESPN and ESPN Regional since 1991. One of Sims' off-camera professionalpursuits is AthletiSense, a communication and media relations life skillsprogram that he established with his wife, Abby. The couple works withDivision I college athletes, including those at Duke, as well as professionalsthroughout the United States, presenting group seminars and providingindividualized communications training.

In addition to Mike Krzyzewski's upcoming program, XM carries live play-by-play coverage of Duke basketball games throughout the season. As theofficial satellite radio network of the ACC, XM broadcasts ACC men's andwomen's basketball games and ACC football games from coast to coast.

"Basketball and Beyond with Coach K" is the latest addition to the widevariety of sports programming on XM Satellite Radio. XM is the officialsatellite radio network of Major League Baseball, NASCAR, IndyCar Series, thePGA TOUR, and World Cup Soccer. In addition to its relationship with the ACC,XM is the official satellite radio network of the Big Ten and Pac-10 collegesports conferences. XM recently signed a long-term agreement with theNational Hockey League to carry NHL games beginning in October, and XM willbecome the exclusive satellite radio home of the NHL starting with the 2007-2008 season. XM has sports talk radio channels such as MLB Home Plate, ESPNRadio, ESPNews Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and Sporting News Radio, plus "TheTony Kornheiser Show" on the Extreme XM channel.

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