Washington, D.C., November 6, 2007 -- Major League Baseball season may be over, but fans can follow the game throughout the off-season on XM Satellite Radio.
The 24-hour baseball talk radio channel MLB Home Plate (XM Channel 175) has a full slate of programming for the winter months, including round-the-clock updates on trades and free-agent signings; exclusive interviews with Derek Jeter, Tony Gwynn, and other greats on the series “Baseball Confidential;" a marathon broadcast of the 2007 postseason games; and comprehensive coverage of the Winter Meetings:
Jeter leads off new season of “Baseball Confidential"
Derek Jeter sat down with MLB Home Plate host Buck Martinez this summer for an hour-long interview to air this Thursday, November 8, at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT for the premiere episode of the second season of “Baseball Confidential." The all-star Yankee shortstop talked candidly about life on and off the field in the interview taped in front of a live audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. “Baseball Confidential" features in-depth interviews with the greats of the game every Thursday during the off-season, with encore broadcasts through the weekend. Other guests on “Baseball Confidential" this season include Tony Gwynn, Earl Weaver, Milo Hamilton, Mike Veeck, Dick Enberg, Mike Schmidt, Harry Kalas, Rico Petrocelli, and Jim Lonborg. Dates and times are available online at www.xmradio.com/mlb
Marathon broadcast of 2007 postseason during Thanksgiving week
The biggest games of the 2007 postseason will air back-to-back on MLB Home Plate during Thanksgiving week. XM will replay every game of the 2007 World Series and the two league championship series, plus select games from the division series. The marathon broadcast will start Wednesday, November 21, at 6 am ET/3 am PT and end Monday, November 26, at 6 am ET/3 am PT.
Live coverage of the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville
General managers will gather in Nashville for the annual MLB Winter Meetings starting December 3, and XM will be on site with live, wall-to-wall coverage for the full four days. The MLB Home Plate broadcast team will be in the center of the action at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel to deliver breaking news on the biggest deals. Coverage will wrap up December 6 with the Rule 5 draft.
The year in review, and the year ahead
“2007 Rewind" will cover all the news of the past season, from Barry Bonds’ record-breaking homer to the Boston Red Sox’ second World Series title in four years. MLB Home Plate will also devote “Rewind" specials to each of the four teams to make it to the LCS: Boston, Colorado, Cleveland, and Arizona. When the new year arrives, the focus shifts to spring training and predictions for the upcoming season.
“We cover baseball 365 days a year on XM," said Chuck Dickemann, XM Senior Director, MLB Programming. “There are so many great story lines that weave through the off-season. The complexion of teams will change. There have already been seven general manager changes. We take you to the Winter Meetings and report on the deals that will affect the 2008 rosters. We bring you exclusive interviews with the legends of the game. And we replay the postseason games so you can re-live all of the best moments. For every fan who’s counting the days until that magic phrase ‘Pitchers and catchers report,’ we help you make it through the winter months."
XM is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 8.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2007 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, 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, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, and Ferrari, is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2007. 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 3-1-07. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department. Programming is subject to change.