Friday, September 30, 2005

Take 5 Premiers October 3 Exclusively on XM Radio

Take 5, a dynamic talk radio channel that pulses lifestyles, current events, and pop culture 24/7. You will hear Ellen Degeneres, Tyra Banks, along with a great line up of feisty new talk personalities. Anything goes on this channel except for linear thinking. We discuss shoe shopping, the Supreme Court, music, books, extreme sports, low-cut jeans, and the best paint colors-and that's in the same sentence! While we rarely stay on topic, we do cover a lot of ground quickly - so fasten your seat belts and Take 5 - there's something for everyone.

The Ellen Degeneres Show
The Daytime Emmy® Award - winning "The Ellen Degeneres Show" features a unique mix of celebrity interviews, A-list musical performers, "regular people" human interest stories, and music from Ellen's resident DJ Tony Okungbowa.

The Tyra Banks Show
Hosted by supermodel and TV personality, Tyra Banks. Real women talk about issues like relationships and body image. Plus, interviews with favorite celebrities, musical performances, and tidbits on fashion and beauty, pop culture and lifestyles.

Food Network
Join celebrity chefs Giada Delaurentiis, Rachael Ray, Alton Brown and others from the Food Network in exploring new, different and interesting ways to approach food through culture, adventure, and travel while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information.

Some of your favorite HGTV shows. Host Nancy Glass and experts from across the country share helpful insights, ideas and inspiration on everything from color trends to organizing your space to outdoor design. Your source for home remodeling, decorating and design.

The Judith Warner Show
A fresh perspective on pressing issues facing women today with original interviews conducted by journalist Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, a New York Times bestseller.

ABC Radio Networks To Create And Syndicate Daddy Yankee National Radio Program

Hispanic Music Star to Host Weekly Two-Hour Program

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ABC Radio Networks announced today anexclusive agreement to create a weekly two-hour syndicated radio programhosted by Puerto Rican Reggaeton sensation Daddy Yankee. This new enterpriseunderscores the network's commitment to develop quality programming for thefastest-growing segment of the United States population.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, ABC Radio Networks willdevelop and distribute the program targeting audiences of ages 18-34. The showis expected to run on Saturday evenings beginning this fall.

"We are very excited to offer this breakthrough show to our affiliates andadvertisers," said Darryl Brown, executive vice president and general managerof ABC Radio Networks. "In just a few short years, Daddy Yankee has quicklyestablished himself as an international music phenomenon and we look forwardto bringing him to a national Hispanic radio audience here in the UnitedStates."

After observing the unyielding support of his fans and his personal desireto share his vision with anyone who was willing to hear it, ABC reached out toDaddy Yankee. Yankee's carefully crafted lyrics and his ability to interprethis musical compositions have allowed him to deliver his real message to themasses. From love themes to socially-saturated comments on the everyday PuertoRican culture, his songs have remained solid hits in the club scene and areconsidered Reggaeton classics.

Yankee's intense drive and his desire for artistic expression havegarnered the respect and admiration of the international music community. Thisenergy and enthusiasm have allowed him to create an extensive body of workspanning more than 130 published tracks in as many as 70 feature albums.

Without a doubt, his solid record sales confirm his success and popularitywithin Latin Music. All of his albums have received platinum status.Throughout the years he has consistently remained at the top of the charts inhis native Puerto Rico, one of the most prestigious markets within LatinMusic. His latest release titled "Barrio Fino," which is his most completeoffering to date, has remained the hottest selling Latin music album for thepast year. This album not only brought Daddy Yankee international acclaim buthelped spearhead the incursion of the Reggaeton Genre into the internationalmusic scene. The album earned its place in history by selling over two millioncopies world-wide and reaching the top of the Billboard Latin Album Charts andremaining in this position for over 53 weeks, thus cementing his position atthe forefront of the Reggaeton genre and was awarded Reggaeton Album of theYear at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

"I am excited about the great opportunity this new radio show will give myHispanic community," affirmed Daddy Yankee. "I aspire to be a trendsetter andI hope that with this deal I will be able to open doors so that others mightbe able to follow. I am proud to be the first Reggaeton artist to have his ownnationally syndicated radio show and with this tool I will be able to reachaudiences we hadn't been able to reach before, this will prove to those thatstill doubt it, that the Reggaeton movement is a real musical genre," Yankeereiterated.

"ABC Radio Networks en Espanol provides beachfront access to the hearts,minds and ears of the U.S. Hispanic population," stated Kevin Miller, seniorvice president of Business Development, ABC Radio Networks. "It is ourbusiness to develop world class radio properties for those networks thatattract and retain millions of Hispanic listeners for our affiliate andadvertising partners. The Daddy Yankee Radio Show is one such property and isdestined to be our Empire State Building."

Currently, Daddy Yankee is touring Latin America and the United States,where he has been consistently met by thousands of eager fans. Recently inColombia and Ecuador, Daddy Yankee performed in front of over 60,000 screamingfans. His energy and dedication have enabled him to record more than 130tracks in as many as 70 feature Reggaeton albums.

"As the pioneer and recognized frontman for the popular Reggaetonmovement, Daddy Yankee has captured the attention of millions of youngHispanic listeners," said Elisa Torres, senior director of Hispanic affiliaterelations, ABC Radio Networks. "We are confident Daddy Yankee will be able tobuild a strong radio platform that reaches the highly emergent Latinocommunity across the United States."

STMicroelectronics Ships More Than 10 Million XM Satellite Radio Baseband Decoders to Radio Manufacturers

GENEVA, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)announced today that the Company has now shipped approximately ten and halfmillion XM Satellite Radio baseband decoders to XM's radio manufacturers.These System-on-Chip (SoC) products integrate all the specific functionsneeded to manufacture an XM Radio receiver. The 10.5 million XM Radio decodershave been delivered to equipment manufacturers including Delphi and Pioneer,for vehicle, portable, and home radio receivers.

Shipments of the first XM baseband decoders began in the second half of2001, when the function was integrated into two custom devices (a channeldecoder and source decoder) in a 0.25-micron process technology. Around 2.5million of these kits were delivered followed by nearly 4 million kits in0.18-micron technology. And for more than a year now, ST has been shipping thesingle-chip XM baseband decoder, a monolithic device based upon a 0.13-micronprocess. This product recently passed the remarkable target of 4 million unitsshipped.

"This milestone is very important for both STMicroelectronics and XM, andit indicates strong demand throughout the supply chain for XM's digitalsatellite radio service," said Ugo Carena, ST Corporate VP and General Managerof ST's Automotive Products Group. "As the sole supplier of XM BasebandDecoders, right from the very beginning, ST is proud to be part of this highlysuccessful business, and will continue its strong contribution to XM'soutstanding growth by extending its portfolio of products dedicated to XMreceivers, including a monolithic front-end IC and a multifunction systemmicrocontroller."

"STMicroelectronics has been a strong supporter of XM Radio with its on-time shipments of huge quantities of world-class quality chips," said XMPresident and CEO Hugh Panero. "This has been a critical factor in XM radioreceivers becoming the huge success that they are today." ST is now starting deliveries of an innovative 'System-in Package' basedproduct using the Company's core know-how in both logic -- and radio-frequency-- based technologies. This combination allows ST to condense the complexfunctions of the XM receiver into highly integrated components, which stronglycontributes to the reduction of size and cost of the end-user radios.

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 at

"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.

Satellite Entertainment Pioneers DIRECTV and XM Satellite Radio Join Forces to Deliver 72 Channels of XM's Acclaimed Programming to DIRECTV Customers

Number of Audio Channels Available on DIRECTV Will Nearly Double at No Additional Cost

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anagreement between DIRECTV and XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leadingproviders of digital satellite entertainment programming, will be much morethan just music to the ears of more than 14.6 million DIRECTV customersnationwide.

As part of DIRECTV's dedication to offering the best in entertainment toits customers, beginning Nov. 15, 2005, 72 channels of XM's quality music,children's, and talk programming will be available via DIRECTV, nearlydoubling its current audio programming lineup at no additional cost. Inaddition to music channels and children's programming, XM will provide XM'sMajor League Baseball "Home Plate" talk radio channel, and its High Voltagechannel, featuring talk radio stars Opie and Anthony.

"DIRECTV is making a major commitment in the world of music, and thisalliance with XM Satellite Radio will leave a lasting imprint on not only ourmore than 14.6 million customers nationwide, but on the pay televisionindustry as a whole," said Dan Fawcett, executive vice president, ProgrammingAcquisitions, DIRECTV, Inc. "By partnering with fellow satellite innovator XMto deliver an unrivaled lineup of quality audio channels, we will continue toprovide our customers with more entertainment choices, more value and the bestservice available."

"This marks the beginning of a natural partnership between the nation'sleading satellite radio company and the leading satellite television company,"said Patricia Kesling, senior vice president, Marketing and Operations, XMSatellite Radio. "DIRECTV offers a fantastic platform for people toexperience some of the amazing content we offer on XM. We know fromexperience that when people get to sample XM, they want to become XMsubscribers. Part of XM's appeal is that we have an extraordinary group ofmusic experts who handpick the songs from XM's enormous music library, andthey work directly with artists to create original music specials and liveperformances. Our talk radio programmers share that same spirit of creativityand freedom. It's what separates XM Satellite Radio from everyone else." Customers subscribing to the DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE(R) programming packagewill have access to 50 XM Satellite Radio music channels and customerssubscribing to the DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE(R) Plus programming package and abovewill have access to more than 65 channels. DIRECTV PARA TODOS(R) customerswill also have access to the same XM channels, as well as five additionalLatin music channels.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

XM to Carry NHL Games on XM Channels 204 Through 209

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation'sleading provider of satellite radio, will begin broadcasting National HockeyLeague (NHL) games on October 5, the opening day of the NHL's 2005-2006season.

Live play-by-play coverage of NHL games will be carried on XM channels 204through 209. Later this fall, XM will introduce a dedicated NHL radio channelfeaturing original programming that will focus on all aspects of the sport.NHL games and the NHL channel will be available to all XM subscribers for noadditional charge.

Under its recent ten-year agreement with the NHL, XM will become theexclusive satellite radio network of the NHL beginning with the 2007-2008season.

NHL games and XM's NHL channel will be available in Canada in the comingmonths through XM's partner Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), which is funding aportion of the agreement. CSR has been awarded a license to distributesatellite radio in Canada, as recently approved by the Federal Cabinet. "The National Hockey League is back, and fans can listen to NHL games inthe car, at home, or on the go with XM Satellite Radio," said Eric Logan,executive vice president, XM Satellite Radio.

"XM has millions of listenersacross the United States, and we're about to expand into Canada, so the timingof this agreement with the NHL couldn't be better."

The NHL is the latest addition to the wide variety of sports programmingon XM Satellite Radio. XM is the official satellite radio network of MajorLeague Baseball, NASCAR, IndyCar Series, the PGA TOUR, World Cup Soccer, andthe college sports conference ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-10. XM carries livesports and sports talk on ESPN Radio, as well as sports talk radio channelsMLB Home Plate, ESPNews Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and Sporting News Radio, plus"The Tony Kornheiser Show" on the Extreme XM channel.

XM Signs Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY(R) Award-Winning Artist and Actor Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges to Host New Music Show

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio(Nasdaq: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5million subscribers, today announced GRAMMY(R)-nominated multi-platinum-selling artist Ludacris will host a weekly music show exclusively for XM."Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Ludacris' Open Mic" will feature music hand-selected by the artist, including songs from Ludacris' vast personal musiccollection, as well as special guests and interviews with other artists. Theshow will debut in January 2006 on XM's uncut hip-hop channel RAW (XM channel66).

"This is the beginning of a great partnership and I really look forward togrowing with XM and their millions of subscribers," said Ludacris. "XMSatellite Radio is affording me the opportunity to expose our audience to awider variety of music and ideas."

Born Christopher Bridges, multi-platinum hip-hop recording artist Ludacrisis one of the most recognized names in popular music today. A former radiopersonality from Atlanta with an impressive knowledge of music, Ludacris hasenjoyed enormous success since his major-label debut in 2000 and his music hasbeen embraced by urban media outlets, as well as MTV and pop radio. Beyondhis own work as a recording artist, Ludacris is CEO of Disturbing Tha PeaceRecords, which is home to some of the top-selling artists in R&B and Hip Hop,selling over 15 million records.

In addition to his own lucrative music career, Ludacris has branched outinto acting, most recently with a standout performance in the independent filmHustle and Flow, winner of the Sundance Audience Award. He also starred inthe critically acclaimed film Crash, which has earned him a Supporting Actornomination at the First Annual Black Movie Awards, and will be featured on theOctober 6 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A committed philanthropist,Ludacris is also dedicated to giving back to the community through hisLudacris Foundation, which has recently provided free housing for over 100people.

"Ludacris' passion for and knowledge of music, along with his remarkabletalent as an artist, are a natural fit with XM," said Eric Logan, executivevice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "The addition ofLudacris to the XM artist family is a testament to XM's commitment to createthe best original music programming available on satellite radio."

Delphi Myfi or Tao XM2GO Which is better

Lets hear your comments. I love my Myfi, but I have never used the Tao unit. Has anyone there used it and what did you think?

XM Satellite Radio tops 5 million subscribers

XM Satellite Radio Tops Five Million Subscribers
Tuesday September 27, 7:00 am ET

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio today announced that it recently surpassed 5 million subscribers, increasing its lead as the nation's number-one satellite radio company.

"With more than five million subscribers today, XM continues to expand its position as the leader in the satellite radio industry," said Hugh Panero, XM Satellite Radio President and CEO. "We are on track to have more than six million subscribers by the end of this year. Consumers are choosing XM because we offer the most choices, including the most commercial-free music and live sporting events, and the most advanced technology. With the winning combination of outstanding new channels and breakthrough products in advance of the holiday season, XM is poised for record growth during the fourth quarter."

"Upcoming XM programming highlights include comprehensive coverage of Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series, the debut of National Hockey League games on XM, and the launch of Take Five, a new 24-hour talk radio channel aimed at women, featuring satellite radio broadcasts of high-profile programs such as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Cooming Soon! Delphi RoadyXT -- Get the latest info and a first look

The RoadyXT is due to come out in the begining of October 2005. says, "Delphi XM Roady XT is the smallest and lightest XM Satellite Radio available. Roady XT offers a true plug & play design with simple docking and connection. Roady XT comes with everything you need to enjoy XM satellite radio in your vehicle."

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NHL Games on XM Radio starting October 2005

NHL Games will now be heard on XM Satellite Radio. From the season's opening face-off to the awarding of the Stanley Cup, XM will be there to bring you access to your favorite teams in the National Hockey League for the 2005-2006 season. XM will also become the League's exclusive satellite radio broadcast partner in 2007.

XM Radio announces daily giveaways in celebration of reaching 5 million subscribers

XM has reached over 5 million subscribers, thanks to you, the XM Nation. You are XM. It's your love of music, sports, entertainment, and news that inspires us to create amazing radio. It's in honor of you and all of our 5 million subscribers, that XM is giving away prizes every day. You may be our next winner. XM. It's your Satellite Radio.

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