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.