NEW YORK - January 5, 2004 - SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI), known for delivering the very best in 100% commercial-free music and premium sports programming to cars and homes across the country, announced today that EWTN Global Catholic Network has joined the SIRIUS lineup on two streams serving English- and Spanish-speaking subscribers.
EWTN Global Catholic Network is in its 22nd year and is in more than 85 million television households in 110 countries. With its worldwide short wave radio station, Internet site (www.ewtn.com), publishing arm and now its affiliation with SIRIUS, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
EWTN began its English and Spanish short wave radio services in 1992. Four years later, using the satellite reach of its television network, EWTN's radio service was made available to AM & FM radio stations around the world. EWTN Global Catholic Radio offers listeners live call-in talk shows, informative teaching series, daily devotions, Church events and musical presentations in English and Spanish.
Michael P. Warsaw, the Network's President, said, "We are delighted to be the first Catholic programmer to be included in a U.S. satellite radio service. This new digital technology will enable people across the country, particularly those who are not served by terrestrial Catholic radio stations, to have access to EWTN's radio programming. "We are grateful to SIRIUS for recognizing the need for Catholic programming to be included in their line-up. We thank God for this development."
Joseph P. Clayton, President & CEO, SIRIUS, said, "The addition of EWTN Global Catholic Radio helps to fulfill our ongoing commitment to provide popular radio programming that can't be found in large portions of the country. EWTN is a household name by virtue of its wide distribution around the world and SIRIUS is delighted to be able to answer our subscribers requests by adding this programming."
Beginning on January 19, EWTN Global Catholic Radio will be found on SIRIUS stream 160 and EWTN Radio Católica Mundial will be on SIRIUS stream 158.
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