WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio,
America's first national digital satellite radio service, heats up its
programming in February with Oscar nomination coverage from celebrated critic
Harry Knowles, a Valentine's Day musical celebration of the best and worst of
love, complete coverage of Congress's Enron hearings, and a vocal-music
exploration from opera star Denyce Graves, among other features.
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"XM is dedicated to delivering powerful, original programming, as well as
digging into national and global events with an unprecedented span of
coverage," said Lee Abrams, XM's Chief Programming Officer. "These highlights
are only a sample of the depth, breadth and variety of programming that XM
offers 365 days a year, 24-hours a day."
Harry Knowles Hosts Exclusive Movie News Show On Cinemagic (XM Channel 27)
Beginning this week, as the Oscar nominations are announced, XM and Ain't
It Cool News will produce the Ain't It Cool News Update, a daily movie news
show hosted by acclaimed film expert Harry Knowles on Cinemagic (XM Channel
27). The show, which represents Ain't It Cool News's first expansion beyond
the Internet (http://www.aintitcoolnews.com ), will explore the latest
happenings in Hollywood and the film world and will also feature Knowles's
signature irreverent commentary and film reviews. The show airs weekdays at
4pm EST, repeating at 6, 8, and 10 pm and 12 am.
Knowles has been voted one of the "Top 25 Web Personalities" by Shift.com
and one of the 50 most influential people in media by Brill's Content. He has
also been named one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood by both
Entertainment Weekly and Premiere magazines and was included in Wired's
"Hollywood 2.0" list of 25 people transforming moviemaking, as well as Forbes
magazine's "Celebrity 100" list.
XM Celebrates the Best and Worst of Love on Valentine's Day
On Thursday, February 14, XM will celebrate Valentine's Day like it's
never been done before -- XM style -- celebrating the best and worst of love.
The Heart (XM Channel 23), XM's commercial-free-love songs channel, will live
up to its name, airing a marathon of traditional romantic favorites across a
gamut of genres. Special X (XM Channel 30) will take a different approach to
love by playing songs that speak to the lonely, bitter and bothered. Lou
Brutus, the channel's program director will host a 24-hour special called "The
One I Love Ripped Out My Heart and Fed it to a Pack of Wild Dogs Anti-
Valentine's Day Spectacular," featuring songs like The Beatles "Misery," Hank
Snow's "Married By the Bible, Divorced by the Law" and Paul Simon's "50 Ways
to Leave Your Lover."
According to Brutus, "Valentine's Day is not a good day for the millions
around our nation who have had their feelings trampled on by the one they
love. At least now these emotionally downtrodden people have an official
soundtrack to suffer by."
Opera Star Denyce Graves Debuts Radio Show on Vox (XM Channel 112)
Noted Metropolitan Opera star and RCA recording artist Denyce Graves will
debut her radio show "Voce di Donna" (Voice of a Lady), on Vox (XM Channel
112), dedicated to opera, choral and other classical vocal music. The show,
created with and heard only on XM, will debut Friday, February 15 at 9 pm
EST/6pm PST, and repeat Wednesday evening. In the first show, Ms. Graves
discusses the great African-American contralto Marian Anderson. Ms. Graves is
also contributing to XM's previously announced celebration of Black History
Month. Further, while in Daytona to sing the National Anthem for the 44th
running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway, Ms.
Graves will visit XM's NASCAR rig to meet fans.
A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Graves was invited by President Bush to
participate in the National Prayer Service in Washington's National Cathedral
after the September 11 tragedy. Since then, Denyce Graves has participated in
numerous benefit concerts and RCA Red Seal has released the CD "American
Anthem," which includes recordings of patriotic songs by Ms. Graves with the
proceeds benefiting various groups affected by the events of September 11.
Since her 1995-96 season debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of
Carmen, her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert
halls. She has been named one of the "50 Leaders of Tomorrow" by Ebony
Magazine and was one of Glamour Magazine's 1997 "Women of the Year."
XM Broadcasts Enron Hearing Live on C-SPAN (XM Channel 132)
XM will carry live coverage of the Enron bankruptcy hearing before the
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation beginning at 9:30 am
today on C-SPAN (XM Channel 132). Scheduled witnesses include former Enron
CEO Kenneth Lay, who was originally scheduled to appear before the committee
Feb. 4 but withdrew the day before. On Feb. 5, the committee voted to issue a
subpoena compelling Lay to appear. XM broadcasts C-SPAN commercial-free among
its 13 news and talk channels.
In addition to the other highlights, XM has been marking Black History
Month by broadcasting one of the richest and deepest audio dedications to the
African-American experience ever heard on radio, some 300 hours of programming
across 35 channels focusing on the contributions of African-Americans in
fields including government, technology, the arts, sports, and business, and
culminating the week of Feb. 17 with 24-hour coverage on Channel 30. For a
complete schedule, please see XM's website at http://programming.xmradio.com .
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is transforming radio, an industry that has seen little
technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago. XM's programming lineup
features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels: 71 music channels, more than 30
of them commercial-free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country,
bluegrass to blues; and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and
entertainment. XM also brings to the car, for the first time on radio, the
same diverse selection of 24-hour news sources available in the home on cable
XM radios are available at major electronics retailers nationwide
including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, participating
RadioShack Dealers and Franchisees, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio
Express and Sound Advice; and at independent retailers. Leading manufacturers
such as Sony, Alpine and Pioneer offer a broad array of XM radios including
models that will easily enable any existing car stereo system to receive XM
service (the Pioneer Universal Receiver and the Sony Plug-and-Play) and over
20 models of new AM/FM/XM systems offering many other great features. General
Motors in November rolled out factory-installed Delphi-Delco XM radios in
Cadillac DeVille and Seville models, and will expand to 21 additional GM
models this year. XM's strategic investors include America's leading car,
radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co.
Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV.
XM was named "Product of the Year" by Fortune, an "Invention of the Year"
by Time and won Popular Science's 2001 "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the
electronics category. XM won several awards at the 2001 CES, including "Best
of CES" in the automotive category. For more information, please visit XM's
web site: 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 uncertainties
associated with demand for the company's service, the company's dependence on
third party vendors, its continuing need for additional financing, as well as
other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 8-K filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 12-6-2001. Copies of the filing
are available upon request from XM Radio' s Investor Relations Department.
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