NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that legendary recording artist Tony Bennett will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners, moderated by Alec Baldwin, at the SiriusXM studios in New York City as part of its "Town Hall" series.
"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Tony Bennett," which will take place on Wednesday, February 13, will air on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14, on Siriusly Sinatra, channel 71, at 9:00 am ET and 4:00 pm ET; and SiriusXM Stars, channel 107, at 11:00 am ET. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.
"I am a big fan of SiriusXM and the Siriusly Sinatra channel so am thrilled to have a 'Town Hall' special airing on Valentine's Day; and I always enjoy the opportunity to spend time with Alec Baldwin," said Tony Bennett. "I am looking forward to answering fan questions and meeting the winners."
"We are honored to have our first opportunity to feature a special event with Tony Bennett, one of America's true great artists, and a performer who continues to entertain audiences today around the world. His appeal is timeless and spans all generations so we expect this 'Town Hall' will be of great interest to all of our listeners. He'll be in good hands with Alec Baldwin, who we also welcome for the first time to the 'Town Hall' series and we know this will be an engaging and fascinating presentation of conversation and Tony's music," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "This combination of pop culture stars is what the 'Town Hall' series is all about: creating great, unpredictable entertainment in a forum where fans get to meet stars and icons in person."
Moderated by Baldwin, the "Town Hall" special will include the 17-time Grammy® winner Tony Bennett answering a variety of questions from the studio audience about his legendary career.
Bennett has enjoyed an unprecedented career that continues to thrive. His entire musical legacy is now completely remastered and digitized and available on iTunes, containing his Columbia Records singles, outtakes, rarities and more. Upon the release of the most extensive box set collection released by Sony Legacy, TONY BENNETT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, The New York Times noted, "We aren't likely to see a recording career like this again." Please visit www.tonybennett.com/sirius to learn more.
The special is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, intimate gatherings with iconic musicians, entertainers and figures and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners. Previous "SiriusXM Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Aerosmith, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Linkin Park, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Ziggy Marley and the surviving members of Nirvana.
SiriusXM listeners will have the chance to attend "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Tony Bennett" on February 13. Listen to Siriusly Sinatra or visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall for Official Rules and details beginning Wednesday, February 6 at 5:00 pm ET. SiriusXM listeners are also invited to submit a question for Tony Bennett on Twitter by 5:00 pm ET on Tuesday, February 12 by Tweeting @SiriusXM and using the hashtag #SXMTownHall or posting a question on SiriusXM's Facebook page.
After the broadcast, "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Tony Bennett" will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info on SiriusXM On Demand.
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About Tony Bennett:
Entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with 17 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to his credit, Bennett has earned his legendary status many times over. He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label and his DUET II CD, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts making him the oldest artist to achieve the top spot at the age of 85. His 2007 prime-time special, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," won seven Emmy Awards and was directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall. He is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master. Bennett marched alongside Martin Luther King in his 1965 civil rights march and was honored with the Martin Luther King's Salute to Greatness Award and the UN's Humanitarian Award. In addition to performing, he is a visual artist as well, with three of his original paintings featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. He has published four books – his autobiography, "The Good Life," two books of his paintings, "Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen," and "Tony Bennett In the Studio: A Life of Art and Music" and the most recent, "Tony Bennett: Life Is A Gift." Bennett founded, in association with the Department of Education in New York City, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – a public arts high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, he established Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization which supports arts education in NYC public high schools. Exploring the Arts supports 14 public high schools throughout New York City. This past fall saw the release of a new CD, TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS, a book "LIFE IS A GIFT: THE ZEN OF BENNETT," and the documentary film, THE ZEN OF BENNETT. For more information please visit www.tonybennett.com.
About Sirius XM Radio
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