NEW YORK, Dec 12, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- FamilyNet and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced that they have launched Christian Talk exclusively on SIRIUS channel 159. The new channel airs FamilyNet's most popular programs, including preaching from some of the nation's top pastors, innovative radio-specific programs, and leading evangelical talk personalities. FamilyNet is the broadcast arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The new Christian Talk channel will include such programming as ACLJ This Week with Jay Sekulow, The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, and daily shows At Home-Live! and Your Health, as well as some of the nation's top pastors, including Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Jack Graham, Dr. David Jeremiah, and Dr. Bryant Wright. In addition, special radio programs such as Way of the Master, a daily, two-hour program featuring actor Kirk Cameron and legendary evangelist Ray Comfort, and leading evangelical talk personalities such as Dr. Richard Land, are also featured.
Christian Talk channel 159 is the companion to SIRIUS' Christian music programming, which offers three commercial-free channels devoted to Christian Hits (Spirit, channel 66), Christian Rock (Revolution, channel 67) and Gospel (Praise, channel 68).
"It is a goal for SIRIUS to offer the most comprehensive Christian programming, and we welcome FamilyNet's popular talk programming as the perfect complement to our Christian music offerings," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports.
"On this new channel, listeners will hear a message of hope and encouragement that's as relevant now as it was at the time of Southern Baptists' initial radio broadcast in 1941," said Martin Coleman, FamilyNet's Chief Operating Officer. "We're grateful for this opportunity SIRIUS has given us to build upon our rich heritage in radio broadcasting."
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About FamilyNet, Inc.
FamilyNet is the broadcast arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has been America's largest producer of public service radio programming for 64 years - with award-winning, full-length programs such as The Baptist Hour, Powerline, Master Control, Country Crossroads, On Track and Strength for Living. FamilyNet is also a full-time cable and broadcast television network seen in more than 30 million US households.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the North American Mission Board, FamilyNet Television airs more than 50 hours of original faith and family programming each week, providing a reliable, safe viewing destination for today's family. It has also regularly produced documentaries for ABC and NBC and has consulted with CBS. FamilyNet Television programs have received numerous national and regional awards, including Emmy, Gabriel and Telly Awards.
For more information on FamilyNet Radio and Television, visit the FamilyNet Web sites at http://www.FamilyNet.com and http://www.FamilyNetRadio.com or call (800) 832-6638.
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