XM Radio Marks Black History Month with Unprecedented 300 Hours of Programming Across 35 Channels

Programming Culminates Week of Feb 17 With 24-Hour Dedicated Black History Coverage on Channel 30

Washington D.C., February 07, 2002 -- XM Satellite Radio, America's first national digital satellite radio service, will mark Black History Month by broadcasting one of the richest and deepest audio dedications to the African-American experience ever heard on radio, some 300 hours of programming across 35 channels focusing on the contributions of African-Americans in fields including government, technology, the arts, sports, and business, and culminating the week of Feb. 17 with 24-hour coverage on Channel 30.

Programming highlights include vignettes and features on such leaders as Muhammad Ali, Quincy Jones, Thurgood Marshall and Thelonious Monk. Other specials include "Can't Live Without It," a feature on black inventors; "The Great Black Way," celebrating black entertainers on Broadway; "A Child's View," showcasing a child's view of black history; "The History of The Negro League;" and "The African-American Encyclopedia," featuring African-Americans and their achievements from A to Z. For a complete schedule, please see XM's website at programming.xmradio.com.

"African-Americans have had a huge impact on all aspects of American life: music, sports, politics, technology and culture," said XM President and CEO Hugh Panero. "XM is proud to celebrate those contributions and their impact with a vast range of original programming that can be enjoyed by XM subscribers coast-to-coast across many of our 100 channels."

"XM's Black History Month programming shows what only XM can do: Tell an epic story in both sweeping historical breadth and microscopic detail, portraying the journey of an entire people as well as the individual achievements of many of its members, through a wide range of perspectives, all in compelling style," said XM Vice President Steve Harris, who spearheaded the Black History Month programming lineup.

Special XM Black History Month programming includes:


  • Channel 40, Deep Tracks - BBC Concerts with Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Robert Cray and Bob Marley.
  • Channel 45 XM Café - Concerts with B.B. King, Joan Amatrading, Bob Marley.
  • Channel 5, Fifties - A new series, "Harlem", examines the advent of black music in Harlem in the 1950's.
  • Channel 111, Fine Tuning - "Ear Collage" will feature specials on Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Muddy Waters and many others.
  • Channel 70, Real Jazz - A tribute to Quincy Jones, a member of XM's Artists Family.
  • Channel 71, Watercolors - Features of jazz pioneers and mini-biographies celebrating core artists in contemporary jazz.
  • Channel 63, Spirit - "A Moment In Time" examines greats in gospel music.
  • Channel 64, Groove - "Message Songs" is a three-part series that features R&B message songs of the 70's and 80's and their impact on listeners.
Arts and Entertainment
  • Channel 9, Nineties - "Spotlights" will offer 15 minute original features on such entertainers as Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Michael and Janet Jackson and Will Smith. "The LBC" will offer more in-depth features (90 minutes) on Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Tupac.
  • Channels 150 and 151, XM Comedy and Laugh USA - Profiles of African-American comedians.
  • Channel 28, On Broadway - "The Great Black Way," a two hour special on the African-American experience on Broadway.
  • Channel 27, Cinemagic - Black movie soundtracks.
Government and Politics
  • Channel 169, Power - Interviews with prominent African-Americans from Members of Congress to prominent sports figures. Also, replays of great speeches with an analysis and discussion.
  • Channel 101, The Joint - Four one-hour specials on Marcus Garvey, Halle Selassie as well as an examination of the connection between Soul/R&B and Reggae and between Rap/Hip-Hop and Reggae.
Business, Education and Youth
    Channel 129, Bloomberg - "Bloomberg History Maker" features 60-second profiles of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
  • Channel 167, BabbleOn - Interviews with young African-Americans.
  • Channel 121, USA Today - "A Child's View" will offer vignettes on how children view black history.
  • "The African-American Encyclopedia," featuring African-Americans and their achievements from A to Z.

  • Dedicated Black History Coverage on Channel 30 Feb 17 - 23
  • Channel 30, Special X, will cover Black History Month 24 hours a day the week of Feb. 17-23. Features include a six-hour special featuring the best of the Black History Month programming from the XM family of channels.
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is transforming radio, an industry that has seen little technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago. XM's programming lineup features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels: 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment. XM also brings to the car, for the first time on radio, the same diverse selection of 24-hour news sources available in the home on cable and DIRECTV.

XM radios are available at major electronics retailers nationwide including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, participating RadioShack Dealers and Franchisees, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio Express and Sound Advice; and at independent retailers. Leading manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine and Pioneer offer a broad array of XM radios including models that will easily enable any existing car stereo system to receive XM service (the Pioneer Universal Receiver and the Sony Plug-and-Play) and over 20 models of new AM/FM/XM systems offering many other great features. General Motors in November rolled out factory-installed Delphi-Delco XM radios in Cadillac DeVille and Seville models, and will expand to 21 additional GM models this year. XM's strategic investors include America's leading car, radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV.

XM was named "Product of the Year" by Fortune, an "Invention of the Year" by Time and won Popular Science's 2001 "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the electronics category. XM won several awards at the 2001 CES, including "Best of CES" in the automotive category. For more information, please visit XM's web site: www.xmradio.com.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include uncertainties associated with demand for the company's service, the company's dependence on third party vendors, its continuing need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 12-6-2001. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio' s Investor Relations Department.

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