WASHINGTON, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio today announced that it will join with EWTN Global Catholic Network to launch a six-day XM Radio channel devoted to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States.
The Papal U.S. Visit '08 channel will air nationwide on XM channel 120 from April 15 to April 20. The channel can also be heard on XM Radio Online at http://listen.xmradio.com/
EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, will provide comprehensive coverage of Pope Benedict's visit for XM's 9 million subscribers.
The Papal U.S. Visit '08 channel will provide news and commentary as the Pope travels to Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. On-site coverage by EWTN will include the masses at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., St. Patrick's Cathedral and Yankee Stadium in New York, as well as the Pope's visits to the White House, United Nations, Ground Zero, and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.
"This is Pope Benedict's first visit to the United States as pontiff, and it's the first time a Pope has visited the U.S. in nine years," said Kevin Straley, XM senior vice president of news, sports, and talk programming. "XM is partnering with EWTN to produce a national radio channel that invites XM listeners all over the country to hear the masses, listen to the speeches, and follow the events surrounding this historic trip."
In addition to the dedicated Papal U.S. Visit '08 channel, XM listeners can hear news and insights about the Pope's visit on the news channels Fox News (XM 121), CNN (XM 122), CNN Headline News (XM 123), CNN En Espanol (XM 126), POTUS '08 (XM 130), XM Public Radio (XM 133), BBC World Service (XM 131), and C-SPAN Radio (XM 132).
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