XM Satellite Radio Expands Channel Lineup To Include More Than 170 Channels, Offering The Most Choice And The Most Channels In Satellite Radio
XM Adds 10 New Commercial-Free Music Channels and Seven Regional News and Talk Channels
Oprah & Friends channel debuts on XM in September; Bob Dylanís Exclusive XM Show Launches in May
Washington D.C., March 27, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nationís 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.
ďOur programming lineup demonstrates the depth and breadth of XMís industry-leading content portfolio,Ē said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. ďWe continue to expand programming with our first-ever regional news and talk channels, innovative music formats, plus 10 new music channels that demonstrate XMís firm commitment to providing the most choice and most channels in satellite radio.Ē
XM HAS THE MOST COMMERCIAL-FREE MUSIC CHANNELS
Overall, XMís 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 70ís 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 70ís 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 90ís & Now
# XM Hitlist (XM Channel 30): Todayís 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 Cincinnatiís 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 ďRegional News, Talk & Music Channels.Ē
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 XMís lineup of 69 commercial-free music channels on the new channel guide.
ďOPRAH & FRIENDSĒ 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 Oprahís friends, all experts who appear regularly on ďThe Oprah Winfrey Show,Ē including exercise physiologist Bob Greene, author Marianne Williamson, psychologist Dr. Robin Smith, heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, and interior design expert Nate Berkus.
BOB DYLANíS XM SHOW DEBUTS IN MAY ON ďDEEP TRACKSĒ
Bob Dylan will host a weekly, hour-long music show exclusively on XM beginning in May on XMís 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.
# XMís 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 ď60/20Ē 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 XMís new programming lineup, including channel guides, is available online at www.xmradio.com/newlineup.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is Americaís number one satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XMís 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music, premier sports, talk, comedy, childrenís 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, Porsche, Suzuki, Subaru, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XMís 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.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radioís service, the Companyís dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.ís Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-3-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radioís Investor Relations Department.
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