XM Radio's Programming Staff Grows Preparing for Commercial Launch

25 More Join The Radio Revolution



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from XM Satellite Radio

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- XM Satellite
 Radio (Nasdaq:   XMSR) announced 25 additions to its growing programming staff,
 welcoming:
 
     *  Eight new program directors:  Lou Brutus, Tim Farley, B.K. Kirkland,
        Mike Marrone, George Taylor Morris, Ken Smith, Johnny Williams and Dave
        Zeimer;
 
     *  Six new music directors:  Luis Baro, Bladerunner, Jim Bonner, Colonel
        St. James, Shirley Hayes and Joel Haas;
 
     *  Nine new production directors:  Jeremy Beaver, Brent Ebright, Kevin
        Konyha, Aaron Lee, Jim McBean, Rick McClure, Quinton Roebuck, Curtis
        Stewart and Kirk Tanter;
 
     *  And news anchors Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise.
 
     XM continues to hire the best talent in the business.  "It's an incredibly
 exciting time at XM, as we're populating our studios with America's brightest
 radio talent," said Lee Abrams, XM's Chief Programming Officer.  "XM is truly
 a creative oasis."
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/XMSATLOGO )
     XM will change the way Americans listen to radio by creating and packaging
 up to 100 channels of digital-quality sound.  It will provide seamless coast-
 to-coast coverage of music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's
 programming, transforming radio, an industry that has seen little
 technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago.
     Lou Brutus joins XM as a program director.  He is the former drive time
 host of WCRX-FM/Chicago, IL, WMMR-FM/Philadelphia, PA, WHJY-FM/Providence, RI
 and WHFS-FM/Washington, D.C.  Brutus has been nominated for several industry
 awards including Billboard's 2000 Airplay Monitor Award for Best Syndicated
 Show and Billboard's 1998 Best New Talent Award.  He is the winner of the
 Friday Morning Quarterback's 1996 award for Best Afternoon Drive Host.
     Tim Farley will program XM's NASCAR channel.  Farley was most recently
 operations manager for WRVA-FM and WRNL-FM and the Virginia Radio Networks in
 Richmond, VA.  During his tenure, both radio stations and the network
 increased their NASCAR coverage and Farley hosted many live broadcasts from
 Richmond International Raceway, where two Winston Cup and Busch Grand National
 races are run annually.  XM's NASCAR Channel will feature a mix of the old and
 the new, the established and the unknown.  The live coverage and special
 programs produced by MRN (Motor Racing Network) and PRN (Performance Racing
 Network) will be a prominent part of the channel.
     B.K. Kirkland will serve as a program director for one of XM's R&B
 channels.  He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of Washington D.C.
 stations including WJMO-FM, WHUR-FM and WMMJ-FM.  He has also worked as a
 programming consultant for KONI-FM/Maui, HI and KBLX-FM/San Francisco, CA.
     Mike Marrone, a radio veteran, comes to XM as a program director for XM's
 singer/songwriter channel.  He was most recently the managing producer for
 iCast, an Internet entertainment company.  He has also worked at RYKODISC, one
 of the largest independent record companies in the world, where he was the
 national director of promotion.
     George Taylor Morris will serve as Program Director for one of XM's
 classic rock channels.  George comes to XM from discjockey.com where he was
 VP/Programming.  George's background also includes work as Program Director of
 WBOS/Boston and as long-time host of "Reelin' In The Years," an award winning
 syndicated radio show.
     Ken Smith joins XM as the program director for the fifties channel.  He
 was an on-air personality on KLDE-FM/Houston, TX, an oldies channel where he
 hosted the highly rated "Doo Wop Sunday Night" show.  Prior to that, he was an
 on-air personality on Houston's KQQK-FM, where he hosted a morning and
 afternoon show and was also music director.
     Johnny Williams comes to XM as a program director.  He will program a
 channel dedicated to playing love songs.  His career in radio started in
 eastern Michigan, which took him to WTRX-FM in Flint, MI, WOHO-FM in Toledo,
 WYSL-FM in Buffalo, NY, and CKLW-FM/Windsor/Detroit, MI.  He also hosted
 "Pillow Talk" on WNIC-FM/Detroit, a segment that was rated the number one
 nighttime show for six years in a row.
     Luis Baro joins XM as a music director for two of XM's dance channels.  He
 will work with Blake Lawrence and Joey Swanson, program directors, to
 establish XM's dance sound.  Baro is credited for founding Vibeonauts, the
 longest running Wednesday club night of its kind in the Midwest.  The club
 night broke new ground within the rave community.  For the past three years,
 he has been a buyer, event coordinator and head of promotions for all
 electronic music events at Metro, a popular Chicago nightclub.
     Bladerunner joins XM as music director for XM's hard rock channel.  A true
 radio original, Bladerunner comes aboard from KATT/Oklahoma City where he
 created an inspired evening show.  Prior to KATT, Bladerunner worked at
 WNNX/Atlanta, one of the premier alternative stations in America.
     Jim Bonner comes to XM as music director for XM's children's channel.
 Recently, he was an on-air personality for the Children's Broadcasting
 Corporation.  He also worked as an operations manager for KAHZ-FM/Fort Worth-
 Dallas, TX.
     Colonel St. James joins XM as music director for the fifties channel.  The
 Colonel comes to XM from ABC Radio Networks where he was Program Director for
 their Oldies format.  The Colonel also worked at KLDE-FM/Houston and
 WODJ/Grand Rapids.
     Joel Haas brings a barrel of laughs and creativity to XM's comedy channel.
 For the past three years, he has worked at WBYR-FM, an Active Rock station in
 Fort Wayne, IN, a morning show sidekick, head writer and producer for the
 station's morning show, "The Bear."
     Shirley Hayes brings more than 10 years of major market radio experience
 to XM as the music director for one of XM's jazz channels.  Shirley comes to
 XM from KBLX-FM in San Francisco where she was music director and on-air
 personality.  While at KBLX-FM, she was also an on-air personality for the
 Urban AC format.
     Jeremy Beaver joins XM as a production director.  His production
 experience includes work as an independent producer in Washington, D.C., where
 he owned and operated a private recording studio, wrote, recorded and produced
 music for radio, film and professional recording artists.  His past clients
 include MTV, NPR, Virgin Records and Miramax Films.
     Brent Ebright, or "Bodhi" as he is also known, joins XM as a production
 director.  Prior to joining XM, he worked as the imaging director at WAZU, an
 active rock station in Columbus, OH.  He is also known for his work at WLVQ-
 FM, a mainstream rock station in Columbus where he was an on-air personality
 as well as the imaging director.
     Kevin Konyha comes to XM as a production director.  Most recently, he
 served as the assistant production director for WGRV-FM/ Detroit, MI.
     Aaron Lee will serve as a production director.  Before joining XM, he
 worked as a host at KRAB and KDFO-FM/Bakersfield, CA.  He has also worked at
 KUFO-FM and KBBT-FM/Portland, OR, where he was a production director for both
 stations.  Lee is the recipient of six Awards of Excellence in Radio
 Production from the Bakersfield Advertising Club.  His imaging production work
 at KUFO -FM was featured on FMQB's CD Aircheck -Volume 28.
     Jim McBean comes to XM as a production director.  He will bring more than
 20 years of radio experience to XM, the last five at a top freelance
 production company.  He was most recently the program director and on-air
 personality for WLPX-FM and WISN-FM/Milwaukee, WI.  Prior to that, he was the
 morning personality for WISHE-FM/Miami, FL.
     Rick McClure comes to XM as a production director.  He has worked at
 Washington D.C.'s WARW-FM, a classic rock station, where he was the assistant
 producer for "The Greaseman Show."  He also did production, voicing and
 commercial producing for the 48-station Washington Redskins radio network.
     Quinton Roebuck joins XM as a production director.  His background
 includes work in commercial production and experience working with advertising
 agencies, producing television and radio commercials, sound design and
 jingles.
     Curtis Stewart joins XM as a production director.  He was host and
 producer for Sonic Boom, a groundbreaking mix show format founded in nightlife
 culture, on WKQX-FM/Chicago.  He also assisted in the success of the program
 by implementing creative elements of programming and by featuring exclusive DJ
 mixes weekly.
     Kirk Tanter is one of XM's new production directors.  For the past four
 years, he was production director for a cluster of Radio One stations that
 included WKYS-FM, WMMJ-FM, WOL-AM and WYCB-AM, all located in the Washington
 D.C. region.  He is also the producer for the nationally syndicated radio
 program, "We Remember," which highlight R&B legends.
     Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise join XM as news anchors.  They will both
 work with Irina Lallemand on the XM news channels.  Barnes was most recently
 the news director for Maine's WXTK-AM, WCOD-AM, WWKJ-AM and WYST-AM.  He has
 also worked at Boston's WRKO-AM and WCRB-AM as a news anchor and writer.
 Cruise comes to XM with experience as an anchor on CNN Radio and CNN Headline
 News.
     David Ziemer, who joined XM last year, has been named Program Director for
 XM's Movie Soundtrack Channel.  Ziemer transitions from production director
 and will now lend his talents to the XM channel dedicated to movie
 soundtracks.
     XM successfully launched its first satellite, "Rock," on March 18.  The
 company's second satellite, "Roll," is scheduled to launch May 7.  Service is
 scheduled to begin late this summer.  XM-ready radios are being manufactured
 by such household names as Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, Clarion, Blaupunkt, Delphi-
 Delco, Visteon, Panasonic, and Sanyo; and are available for sale by retailers
 including Circuit City, Best Buy, Sears, RadioShack franchisee dealer stores,
 and Crutchfield.  XM's strategic investors include America's leading car,
 radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co.
 Inc., Clear Channel Communications, DIRECTV and Motient Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   MTNT), the company's largest shareholder.  XM has a long-term
 distribution agreement with General Motors to integrate XM radios into its
 vehicles commencing in 2001.  For more information, please visit our 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 the launch of the company's satellites, 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 Feb. 22,
 2001.  Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's
 Investor Relations Department
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- XM Satellite
 Radio (Nasdaq:   XMSR) announced 25 additions to its growing programming staff,
 welcoming:
 
     *  Eight new program directors:  Lou Brutus, Tim Farley, B.K. Kirkland,
        Mike Marrone, George Taylor Morris, Ken Smith, Johnny Williams and Dave
        Zeimer;
 
     *  Six new music directors:  Luis Baro, Bladerunner, Jim Bonner, Colonel
        St. James, Shirley Hayes and Joel Haas;
 
     *  Nine new production directors:  Jeremy Beaver, Brent Ebright, Kevin
        Konyha, Aaron Lee, Jim McBean, Rick McClure, Quinton Roebuck, Curtis
        Stewart and Kirk Tanter;
 
     *  And news anchors Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise.
 
     XM continues to hire the best talent in the business.  "It's an incredibly
 exciting time at XM, as we're populating our studios with America's brightest
 radio talent," said Lee Abrams, XM's Chief Programming Officer.  "XM is truly
 a creative oasis."
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/XMSATLOGO )
     XM will change the way Americans listen to radio by creating and packaging
 up to 100 channels of digital-quality sound.  It will provide seamless coast-
 to-coast coverage of music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's
 programming, transforming radio, an industry that has seen little
 technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago.
     Lou Brutus joins XM as a program director.  He is the former drive time
 host of WCRX-FM/Chicago, IL, WMMR-FM/Philadelphia, PA, WHJY-FM/Providence, RI
 and WHFS-FM/Washington, D.C.  Brutus has been nominated for several industry
 awards including Billboard's 2000 Airplay Monitor Award for Best Syndicated
 Show and Billboard's 1998 Best New Talent Award.  He is the winner of the
 Friday Morning Quarterback's 1996 award for Best Afternoon Drive Host.
     Tim Farley will program XM's NASCAR channel.  Farley was most recently
 operations manager for WRVA-FM and WRNL-FM and the Virginia Radio Networks in
 Richmond, VA.  During his tenure, both radio stations and the network
 increased their NASCAR coverage and Farley hosted many live broadcasts from
 Richmond International Raceway, where two Winston Cup and Busch Grand National
 races are run annually.  XM's NASCAR Channel will feature a mix of the old and
 the new, the established and the unknown.  The live coverage and special
 programs produced by MRN (Motor Racing Network) and PRN (Performance Racing
 Network) will be a prominent part of the channel.
     B.K. Kirkland will serve as a program director for one of XM's R&B
 channels.  He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of Washington D.C.
 stations including WJMO-FM, WHUR-FM and WMMJ-FM.  He has also worked as a
 programming consultant for KONI-FM/Maui, HI and KBLX-FM/San Francisco, CA.
     Mike Marrone, a radio veteran, comes to XM as a program director for XM's
 singer/songwriter channel.  He was most recently the managing producer for
 iCast, an Internet entertainment company.  He has also worked at RYKODISC, one
 of the largest independent record companies in the world, where he was the
 national director of promotion.
     George Taylor Morris will serve as Program Director for one of XM's
 classic rock channels.  George comes to XM from discjockey.com where he was
 VP/Programming.  George's background also includes work as Program Director of
 WBOS/Boston and as long-time host of "Reelin' In The Years," an award winning
 syndicated radio show.
     Ken Smith joins XM as the program director for the fifties channel.  He
 was an on-air personality on KLDE-FM/Houston, TX, an oldies channel where he
 hosted the highly rated "Doo Wop Sunday Night" show.  Prior to that, he was an
 on-air personality on Houston's KQQK-FM, where he hosted a morning and
 afternoon show and was also music director.
     Johnny Williams comes to XM as a program director.  He will program a
 channel dedicated to playing love songs.  His career in radio started in
 eastern Michigan, which took him to WTRX-FM in Flint, MI, WOHO-FM in Toledo,
 WYSL-FM in Buffalo, NY, and CKLW-FM/Windsor/Detroit, MI.  He also hosted
 "Pillow Talk" on WNIC-FM/Detroit, a segment that was rated the number one
 nighttime show for six years in a row.
     Luis Baro joins XM as a music director for two of XM's dance channels.  He
 will work with Blake Lawrence and Joey Swanson, program directors, to
 establish XM's dance sound.  Baro is credited for founding Vibeonauts, the
 longest running Wednesday club night of its kind in the Midwest.  The club
 night broke new ground within the rave community.  For the past three years,
 he has been a buyer, event coordinator and head of promotions for all
 electronic music events at Metro, a popular Chicago nightclub.
     Bladerunner joins XM as music director for XM's hard rock channel.  A true
 radio original, Bladerunner comes aboard from KATT/Oklahoma City where he
 created an inspired evening show.  Prior to KATT, Bladerunner worked at
 WNNX/Atlanta, one of the premier alternative stations in America.
     Jim Bonner comes to XM as music director for XM's children's channel.
 Recently, he was an on-air personality for the Children's Broadcasting
 Corporation.  He also worked as an operations manager for KAHZ-FM/Fort Worth-
 Dallas, TX.
     Colonel St. James joins XM as music director for the fifties channel.  The
 Colonel comes to XM from ABC Radio Networks where he was Program Director for
 their Oldies format.  The Colonel also worked at KLDE-FM/Houston and
 WODJ/Grand Rapids.
     Joel Haas brings a barrel of laughs and creativity to XM's comedy channel.
 For the past three years, he has worked at WBYR-FM, an Active Rock station in
 Fort Wayne, IN, a morning show sidekick, head writer and producer for the
 station's morning show, "The Bear."
     Shirley Hayes brings more than 10 years of major market radio experience
 to XM as the music director for one of XM's jazz channels.  Shirley comes to
 XM from KBLX-FM in San Francisco where she was music director and on-air
 personality.  While at KBLX-FM, she was also an on-air personality for the
 Urban AC format.
     Jeremy Beaver joins XM as a production director.  His production
 experience includes work as an independent producer in Washington, D.C., where
 he owned and operated a private recording studio, wrote, recorded and produced
 music for radio, film and professional recording artists.  His past clients
 include MTV, NPR, Virgin Records and Miramax Films.
     Brent Ebright, or "Bodhi" as he is also known, joins XM as a production
 director.  Prior to joining XM, he worked as the imaging director at WAZU, an
 active rock station in Columbus, OH.  He is also known for his work at WLVQ-
 FM, a mainstream rock station in Columbus where he was an on-air personality
 as well as the imaging director.
     Kevin Konyha comes to XM as a production director.  Most recently, he
 served as the assistant production director for WGRV-FM/ Detroit, MI.
     Aaron Lee will serve as a production director.  Before joining XM, he
 worked as a host at KRAB and KDFO-FM/Bakersfield, CA.  He has also worked at
 KUFO-FM and KBBT-FM/Portland, OR, where he was a production director for both
 stations.  Lee is the recipient of six Awards of Excellence in Radio
 Production from the Bakersfield Advertising Club.  His imaging production work
 at KUFO -FM was featured on FMQB's CD Aircheck -Volume 28.
     Jim McBean comes to XM as a production director.  He will bring more than
 20 years of radio experience to XM, the last five at a top freelance
 production company.  He was most recently the program director and on-air
 personality for WLPX-FM and WISN-FM/Milwaukee, WI.  Prior to that, he was the
 morning personality for WISHE-FM/Miami, FL.
     Rick McClure comes to XM as a production director.  He has worked at
 Washington D.C.'s WARW-FM, a classic rock station, where he was the assistant
 producer for "The Greaseman Show."  He also did production, voicing and
 commercial producing for the 48-station Washington Redskins radio network.
     Quinton Roebuck joins XM as a production director.  His background
 includes work in commercial production and experience working with advertising
 agencies, producing television and radio commercials, sound design and
 jingles.
     Curtis Stewart joins XM as a production director.  He was host and
 producer for Sonic Boom, a groundbreaking mix show format founded in nightlife
 culture, on WKQX-FM/Chicago.  He also assisted in the success of the program
 by implementing creative elements of programming and by featuring exclusive DJ
 mixes weekly.
     Kirk Tanter is one of XM's new production directors.  For the past four
 years, he was production director for a cluster of Radio One stations that
 included WKYS-FM, WMMJ-FM, WOL-AM and WYCB-AM, all located in the Washington
 D.C. region.  He is also the producer for the nationally syndicated radio
 program, "We Remember," which highlight R&B legends.
     Chris Barnes and Chris Cruise join XM as news anchors.  They will both
 work with Irina Lallemand on the XM news channels.  Barnes was most recently
 the news director for Maine's WXTK-AM, WCOD-AM, WWKJ-AM and WYST-AM.  He has
 also worked at Boston's WRKO-AM and WCRB-AM as a news anchor and writer.
 Cruise comes to XM with experience as an anchor on CNN Radio and CNN Headline
 News.
     David Ziemer, who joined XM last year, has been named Program Director for
 XM's Movie Soundtrack Channel.  Ziemer transitions from production director
 and will now lend his talents to the XM channel dedicated to movie
 soundtracks.
     XM successfully launched its first satellite, "Rock," on March 18.  The
 company's second satellite, "Roll," is scheduled to launch May 7.  Service is
 scheduled to begin late this summer.  XM-ready radios are being manufactured
 by such household names as Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, Clarion, Blaupunkt, Delphi-
 Delco, Visteon, Panasonic, and Sanyo; and are available for sale by retailers
 including Circuit City, Best Buy, Sears, RadioShack franchisee dealer stores,
 and Crutchfield.  XM's strategic investors include America's leading car,
 radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co.
 Inc., Clear Channel Communications, DIRECTV and Motient Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   MTNT), the company's largest shareholder.  XM has a long-term
 distribution agreement with General Motors to integrate XM radios into its
 vehicles commencing in 2001.  For more information, please visit our 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 the launch of the company's satellites, 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 Feb. 22,
 2001.  Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's
 Investor Relations Department
 
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