XM Satellite Radio To Sneak Preview Quincy Jones’ New Show In February As Part Of Special Black History Month Programming
Washington D.C., January 30, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation’s largest satellite radio service with more than six million subscribers, announced that it will offer a “sneak preview” of a new series hosted by music icon Quincy Jones as part of XM’s month-long celebration of Black History Month. Featuring stories, interviews and archived recordings, “RNBQ: The History of R&B told by Quincy Jones” is a historical look at the spectrum of popular music created by African-American artists, composers, producers and musicians since its inception.
“R&B music is the heartbeat of American pop, and I’m excited about this new series I’m hosting on XM that explores the magic and history of Rhythm & Blues as I’ve seen and heard it,” said Quincy Jones. “I am very proud of RNBQ, but I am also proud that the first episode will be previewed during February as part of XM’s Black History Month programming honoring the accomplishments of great African-Americans from all walks of life.”
As a preview XM will broadcast the first episode of “RNBQ,” which will cover the 1940s through 1959 including artists, such as Nat King Cole and Louis Jordan, and their hit songs. “RNBQ, Part One” will air on XM’s old school R&B channel “The Groove” (XM Channel 64), Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. ET, with encores throughout the week. The complete season of “RNBQ” will premiere in June 2006.
In addition to “RNBQ,” XM’s Black History Month programming will feature other original XM series, specials and profiles of important African-Americans across multiple channels. Select highlights include:
* The Stax Record Company Story - Soul Street (XM Channel 60)
February 10, 5 p.m. ET
(Encores: February 11, 10 a.m. ET; February 12, 9 p.m. ET)
* African-American Opera Special - VOX (XM Channel 112)
February 20, 12 noon ET
(Encore: February 24, 6 p.m. ET)
* Prestige Profiles: Miles Davis - Real Jazz (XM Channel 70)
February 24, 3 p.m. ET
(Encore: February 26, 4 p.m. ET)
A complete list of XM’s Black History Month programming is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/bhm.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM is America’s number one satellite radio service 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, XM’s 2006 lineup includes 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 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.
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