Listeners to six XM channels – “Flight 26," “XMU," “Fred," “Ethel," “Lucy," and “Squizz" – were given a sneak preview early yesterday evening when the band “interrupted" the broadcasts with performances from “R.E.M. Offsite." The on-air April Fools Day prank also coincided with the release of the band’s 14th studio album.
“R.E.M. Offsite" premieres Sunday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET on XM’s modern alternative channel “Ethel�? (XM 47). Offsite, which airs weekly on XM 47, features conversations with and performances by current artists recorded on location across the country; Radiohead, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Panic! At the Disco and Hot Hot Heat are among the bands that have participated.
XM is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 9 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2008 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, Ferrari, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2008. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. XM programming is also available through XM Radio Online, the exclusive home on the Internet for XM’s commercial-free music channels; as downloads of original XM shows via podcasts from XM’s Web site or the Apple’s iTunes Store; and as streams of commercial-free XM music channels to AT&T and Alltel wireless customers through XM Radio Mobile. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.
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