SIRIUS TO ADD MORE SHOWS FROM NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
Satellite Radio Programs Will Feature Classical Music
NEW YORK – May 8, 2003 – SIRIUS (NASDAQ: SIRI), the premier satellite radio broadcaster and only service delivering uncompromised Coast-to-coast music and entertainment for your car and home, today announced plans to add two highly regarded NPR programs to its classical music streams. NPR’s Performance Today and SymphonyCast will be broadcast on SIRIUS Symphony Hall // 80 and Vista // 82.
“SIRIUS has proven to be a great place for our programs,” said Margaret Low Smith, Vice President for Programming, NPR. “New shows, like The Tavis Smiley Show and The Motley Fool Radio Show were part of the NPR SIRIUS lineup from day one. We value our successful partnership with SIRIUS, and we look forward to providing their listeners with exceptional NPR programs as the service continues to grow.”
Performance Today, NPR’s Peabody award-winning daily classical music program, features concert performances from around the world. The two-hour show is hosted by Fred Child, and recreates the thrill of LIVE concerts by world-renowned artists in concert halls around the globe, without the cost or hassle of purchasing a ticket. “This show reflects NPR music and arts programming at its best,“ said Kaaren Hushagen, Classical Genre Manager for SIRIUS. “It is one of NPR’s musical gems.”
SymphonyCast, hosted by Korva Coleman, is the first NPR concert program to bring signature performances by the world’s finest orchestras into one comprehensive weekly series. Coleman describes SymphonyCast as “a music show, but with a real story to the music. Whether it’s the sweep of a Mahler symphony, the emotion of a conductor’s farewell or the excitement of inaugurating a brand new hall, each program is an event, combining the personalities and the passion behind some of the world’s greatest music.” The two-hour show will air once per week.
“We are delighted to offer these additional programs to our subscribers,” said Joseph P. Clayton, President and CEO of SIRIUS. “NPR is one of our premiere partners, and we look forward to developing – and premiering – more programming content with them in the future.”
SIRIUS is the only satellite radio service bringing listeners more than 100 streams of the best music and entertainment Coast-to-coast. SIRIUS offers 60 music streams with no commercials, along with over 40 world-class sports, news, and entertainment streams for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95, with greater savings for upfront payments of multiple months or a year or more. Stream Jockeys create and deliver uncompromised music in virtually every genre to our listeners 24-hours a day. Satellite radio products bringing SIRIUS to listeners in the car, truck, home, RV, and boat are manufactured by Kenwood, Panasonic, Clarion, and Audiovox, and are available at major retailers including Circuit City, Best Buy, Car Toys, Good Guys, Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, Sears, and Crutchfield. SIRIUS is the leading OEM satellite radio provider, with exclusive partnerships with DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and BMW. Automotive brands currently offering SIRIUS radios in select new car models include BMW, MINI, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Nissan, and Infiniti. Automotive brands that have announced plans to offer SIRIUS in select models include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Mazda, Audi, Volkswagen, Land Rover, and Aston Martin.
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About NPR NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 21 million Americans each week via more than 730 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite, and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming www.npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features, and seven years of archived audio and information. NPR's several hundred awards include a 2000 National Medal of Arts.
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