WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As California wildfires force more than 500,000 residents to evacuate their homes, XM Satellite Radio is broadcasting news updates and public safety information nationwide on its free, 24-hour radio channel Emergency Alert (XM channel 247).
The Emergency Alert channel is broadcasting the latest information about the wildfires from Southern California, including live, wall-to-wall reports from news radio stations KOGO-AM San Diego and KFI-AM Los Angeles, information from the Red Cross and AP Radio, and eyewitness accounts from people across the region.
Additionally, XM is providing its 24-hour traffic and weather channels for Los Angeles (XM channel 222) and San Diego(XM channel 223) for free to all XM radios, and will continue to do so until the wildfires are contained. These two channels offer round-the-clock information about traffic, evacuation routes, and weather conditions for each metropolitan area.
The Emergency Alert channel is broadcast for free to all XM radios 365 days a year. Anyone who has an XM receiver can tune into the Emergency Alert channel for reports on storms, floods, fires, and other emergencies, even if they are not XM subscribers. For instance, if you have an XM radio installed in your car, but you do not subscribe to XM, you can still listen to the Emergency Alert channel for no charge. Since the Emergency Alert channel airs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is located on XM channel 247.
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 8.2 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
CONTACT: David Butler of XM Satellite Radio, +1-202-380-4317,
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