WASHINGTON, DC and DALLAS — October 1, 2007 — XM announced today it is now the satellite radio home to the Midnight Trucking Radio Network. Hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, the popular program featuring news and entertainment for truckers can be heard from 1-6a.m. ET seven days a week on XM’s Open Road channel (XM 171), beginning October 8.
Open Road is XM’s 24/7 full-service truckers’ channel, offering live and original programming that can be heard coast-to-coast, nationwide.
Katie Award Winning hosts Eric Harley and Gary McNamara carry on a 38-year tradition of the Midnight Trucking Radio Network. On the show, the duo engage callers with the major issues of the day including current events, legislation, popular culture, family issues, trucker news and information, detailed national weather forecasts, safety tips and interviews with trucking industry leaders.
“The Midnight Trucking Radio Network is the perfect compliment to the breadth of programming available to truckers on XM’s Open Road," said Walter Kerner, General Manager, Vertical Markets (Truck, Marine, Commercial) for XM Satellite Radio. “We’re pleased to add this institution in trucking entertainment to our exclusive lineup, providing the up-to-the-minute information and news that keeps truckers running safely and efficiently down the highway."
“This is a natural progression for the Midnight Trucking Radio Network," said Keri Korzeniewski, President and General Manager of WBAP Radio, Midnight Trucking Radio Network’s flagship station. “The leading trucking content provider can now be heard live on XM, the leading satellite provider. Drivers will now be able to tune into one of the top trucking based programs on XM’s Open Road channel wherever they might travel, anywhere across the nation."
Also on October 8, the popular weekend program “ATBS Trucking Business & Beyond with Kevin Rutherford" will be expanding to seven days a week. In addition to its regular weekend timeslot, Saturday and Sunday, 4-7p.m. ET, the program will also be heard nightly from 12a.m.-1a.m. ET prior to the Midnight Trucking Radio Network.
Open Road is also the exclusive home to shows from America's most beloved national trucking radio personalities Bill Mack, Dale "Truckin' Bozo" Sommers and Dave Nemo. “Land Line Now," America's first daily one-hour news program produced for the professional driver hosted by Mark Reddig, is also exclusively on XM.
XM radios are available nationwide from all major truck stops, truck dealers and truck manufacturers.
For more information and programming schedules, visit http://openroad.xmradio.com/.
XM 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/.
The Midnight Trucking Radio Network is the countries national clearinghouse of information, thoughts and opinions of the Truck Driver and Fleet Manager heard on 50,000 watt AM stations as well as XM’s Open Road 171. Hosts Eric Harley and Gary McNamara engage listeners and callers with the major issues of the day including current events, legislation, popular culture, family issues, trucker news and information, detailed national weather forecasts, safety tips and interviews with trucking industry leaders. Owned and operated by Citadel Broadcasting in partnership with the Walt Disney Company, Midnight Trucking Radio provides 38 years of quality programming heard across the US, Canada and Mexico. For more information please visit www.midnighttrucking.com.
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