Bob Dylan Signs On With XM Satellite Radio To Host Weekly Radio Music Show
Music Icon Becomes First-Time DJ to Spin records, Interview Guests, Take Emails and Offer Commentary on Music and More
Washington D.C., December 13, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, today announced that Bob Dylan will host a new music show exclusively for XM, marking the first time the music legend has hosted a radio show. The weekly hour-long music show will feature an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan. In addition, Dylan will offer regular commentary on music and other topics, host and interview special guests including other artists and will take emails from XM subscribers. The show will debut in March 2006 on XM’s deep album rock channel Deep Tracks (XM channel 40).
“Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I’ve ever been on the other side of the mic,” said Dylan. “It’ll be as exciting for me as it is for XM.”
Bob Dylan is one of music’s most enduring performers. He has released more than 44 albums containing more than 600 songs that have been covered by more than 2,000 different artists ranging from The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Guns N’ Roses to Duke Ellington, Garth Brooks, Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. His last two albums have been critical and popular successes with 1997’s Time Out Of Mind garnering three GRAMMY® Awards, including Album Of The Year. In 2001, he won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® for the song “Things Have Changed.” In 2004 his best selling memoir, Chronicles Volume 1, spent 19 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List. For the past eighteen years Mr. Dylan has been a mainstay on the concert stage performing over a hundred shows a year around the globe.
“Bob Dylan epitomizes the American music experience and his unflagging integrity and vision defines everything we hope for XM to be,” said Lee Abrams, Chief Creative Officer, XM Satellite Radio. “It is an honor to count Bob Dylan among the members of the XM artist family, and is further testimony of XM’s commitment to create original music programming that makes a difference.”
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XM is America’s number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2005 lineup includes more than 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of 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 130 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.
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 Radio’s service, the Company’s 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.’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.
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