Thursday, June 08, 2006

Joe Solmonese Gets Exclusive XM show

June 8, 2006

XM Satellite radio annonced today a new addition to their line up. joe Solmonese will be joining XM exclusively starting July 17.

WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

The Human Rights Campaign and XM Satellite Radio today announced the launch of a new, live talk show hosted by Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" will include a mix of politics, entertainment and cultural news and views through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities and listener call- ins. "The Agenda" will premiere July 17, exclusively on XM.

"This is a unique opportunity to engage millions of Americans in a real conversation about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender today," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Our goal has always been to engage more Americans in a dialogue about fairness and equality, and XM's more than 6.5 million subscribers give us an incredible reach into rural as well as urban American homes and cars."

Every week, "The Agenda" will mix current events with lifestyle topics and feature audience interaction through live listener calls. Future broadcasts also will include headline guests, like celebrities Cyndi Lauper and George Takei; political leaders like Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.; religious leaders like Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and national and local community leaders who are fighting for equality on the front lines.

The program will be broadcast live from XM's Washington, D.C., studios and utilize the production capabilities of the Human Rights Campaign's state-of- the-art media center. Solmonese will be joined each week by "The Agenda" executive producer Mary Breslauer of Boston, a former radio talk show host, former HRC board member and longtime GLBT activist.
"'The Agenda' will be an entertaining and informative show, helping us to broaden the base for fairness," said Breslauer. "With the midterm elections approaching and a presidential election in 2008, this is the time to be talking more, not less, with America. XM Satellite Radio is a powerful, cutting-edge vehicle to bring these conversations to a national scale."

"The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" will premiere on Monday, July 17, on XM LIVE (XM channel 200) in its regular weekly timeslot from 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time, with additional encore broadcasts airing throughout the week. Coinciding with the Gay Games in Chicago, the debut episode of "The Agenda" will feature live coverage of the games, as well as a look at being GLBT in the Windy City.

"Having long supported the GLBT community through our corporate work, the addition of 'The Agenda with Joe Solmonese' to XM's programming lineup is a welcomed one that will provide our listeners with even more engaging content choices," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "'The Agenda' is an example of XM's commitment to offering a broad range of programming that reflects our nation's diverse social and political landscape."

Complete show details as well as high-resolution photos are available online at http://www.hrc.org/TheAgenda and http://www.xmradio.com/TheAgenda.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

XM (Nasdaq: XMSR - News) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 6.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, D.C., New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 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.

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-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-3-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

Source: XM Satellite Radio

6/08/2006 10:56:00 PM

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