Regis Philbin Returns as Special Guest Host of 'Bing Crosby Christmas Radio' Channel on SIRIUS XM
Regis, as well as members of the Crosby family, share memories and reflections on Crosby's legendary life, work and the holidays
'Bing Crosby Christmas Radio' airs December 19-25, features 20+ years of vintage holiday Bing Crosby radio programs
Regis to play favorite holiday songs performed by Bing, other legendary entertainers and from his own recordings on special show
NEW YORK, Dec 17, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced that for the second year in a row, legendary entertainer Regis Philbin will be the special guest host of Bing Crosby Christmas Radio, an entire channel devoted to classic Bing Crosby radio broadcasts.
Bing Crosby Christmas Radio will air from December 19 through December 25 exclusively on SIRIUS channel 105 and XM channel 151. On this special limited run holiday channel Bing's wife Kathryn Crosby, daughter Mary Crosby and sons Harry and Nathaniel share memories, introduce songs and shows and reflect on Crosby's life and work. In addition, Regis shares his favorite Bing memories and anecdotes and also introduces songs and shows.
Bing Crosby Christmas Radio will broadcast a selection of Bing Crosby holiday radio specials recorded from 1938-1962. Great moments from these classic shows include Bing and his guests--some of the biggest stars of the time such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney --singing together, doing skits and celebrating the holidays. The shows on Bing Crosby Christmas Radio also feature Crosby's beloved music, including his most popular recording ever, "White Christmas."
In addition, Regis will host a one-hour special featuring favorite holiday songs performed by Bing and other legendary entertainers. The show will feature music from performers including Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams, plus several of Regis' own Christmas recordings including "Where Do We Go for Christmas?" It will replay throughout the week.
"Bing Crosby and his songs meant so much to me every Christmas and it's great that we can still listen to them on SIRIUS XM Radio," said Regis Philbin. "I am excited to be back on Bing Crosby Christmas Radio and to spend the holidays with the listeners."
"We are delighted to work with Regis and the Crosby family to honor and celebrate Bing's cherished legacy by bringing his beloved music and radio programs to our listeners across the country," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. "Bing Crosby Christmas Radio on SIRIUS XM is a special holiday treat for millions of longtime fans and generations of new ones."
The Emmy(R)-winning co-host of top morning talk show LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Regis Philbin fulfilled a lifelong dream when he sang to Crosby in person one night on the set of The Joey Bishop Show in 1967.
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