Monday, August 28, 2006

AOL Gets Dylan's XM Show

August 28, 2006

AOL Radio with XM is adding Dylan to the lineup. Dylan's show has been well received, and the additional exposure that XM gains by airing it on AOL may translate into additional subscribers.

AOL Radio Lands Bob Dylan's XM Show, 'Theme Time Radio Hour'

Last Update: 9:00 AM ET Aug 28, 2006

NEW YORK, Aug 28, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AOL:

XM's World Premiere of Dylan's "Modern Times" CD to be broadcast
on AOL Radio on August 28

Fans can also preview Dylan's new "masterwork" on AOL Music's

Full CD Listening Party all week long

AOL Radio will begin carrying Bob Dylan's critically acclaimed weekly XM show "Theme Time Radio Hour" on Wednesday, August 30. In addition, Dylan fans can catch 18 "Theme Time" shows back-to-back as part of XM's weekend-long marathon, which will be simulcast on AOL Radio beginning Friday, September 1, at 6 p.m. ET. AOL will also simulcast XM's world premiere of Bob Dylan's heavily anticipated Modern Times today and tomorrow, and stream the album on demand all week as part of AOL Music's Full CD Listening Party.

Modern Times, which arrives in stores on August 29, has already been hailed as a "third straight masterwork" by Rolling Stone magazine, while famed music journalist Robert Christgau proclaimed it "Startling. (It} radiates the observant calm of old masters who have seen enough life to be ready for anything--Yeats, Matisse, Sonny Rollins."

"Dylan fans like me have long wondered what music moves and inspires the man, so to hear him playing DJ on the 'Theme Time Radio Hour' is as insightful as it is entertaining," said Erik Flannigan, GM/VP of AOL Music. "We're thrilled AOL Music will expand the audience for this truly one-of-a-kind program."

"Theme Time Radio Hour" debuted in May 2006 to popular and critical-acclaim on XM Satellite Radio with the Chicago Tribune calling the show "gutsy, muscular, musically encyclopedic...most of all, fun."

Each weekly show features an eclectic mix of music based around a theme, with host Bob Dylan offering stories about the music and topics of interest. New episodes of Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" premiere on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET, with additional encores airing throughout the week.

AOL(R) Radio ( http://www.aolradio.com/) is a leading online radio service with over 200 stations of music, news, sports and talk including AOL exclusive and original programming; All-Artist and Celebrity DJ stations; as well as a broad selection of popular XM(R) Satellite Radio channels and more from some of the most respected names in broadcasting.
AOL(R) Music ( http://www.aolmusic.com/) is a leading online destination for music, reaching millions music fans a month* through a rich array of programming, products and services that make it easy to discover, experience, listen to and buy music online.

About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades.

Bob Dylan's most recent studio albums, Time Out Of Mind and "Love And Theft" have been among his most commercially successful and critically lauded, each having sold more than a million copies in the U.S. and earning Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year (Time Out Of Mind won that award in 1998).

He wrote and recorded "Things Have Changed" for the 2000 film Wonder Boys, for which he received both the Academy Award and Golden Globe. The first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles, was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling non-fiction works of 2004, and last year's No Direction Home film, directed by Martin Scorsese, captivated audiences worldwide as it documented Dylan's early career and rise to fame. The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.
Bob Dylan's weekly XM Satellite Radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour, debuted in May and has quickly become one of that network's most popular programs.

About AOL
AOL and its subsidiaries operate a leading network of Web brands and the largest Internet access subscription service in the United States. Web brands include the AOL.com(R) website, AIM(R), MapQuest(R) and Netscape(R). AOL offers a range of digital services in the areas of education, safety and security, communications and music. The company also has operations in Europe and Canada. AOL LLC is a majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.

About XM Satellite Radio
XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 7 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 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, Subaru, Suzuki and Porsche, 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.

SOURCE: AOL AOL Louise Bashi, 212-206-4469 louisebrlm@aol.com Copyright Business Wire 2006

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