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.