SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Broadcast Comprehensive Live Coverage of Democratic and Republican National Conventions

2008-08-19 15:26:00

    Every minute of DNC, RNC to air on 'SIRIUS Convention Radio' channel

     Real-Time Spanish-language translations of every speech on 'SIRIUS

                        Convention Radio En Espanol'

Exclusive additional talk channels to broadcast commentary, interviews with

          politicians, experts, celebrities, and listener call-ins



    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /EMWNews/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq:

SIRI) announced that it will offer comprehensive live coverage from the

2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.



    



    SIRIUS Convention Radio will offer listeners a unique opportunity to

"live" the convention experience. The channels will present live,

uninterrupted "gavel to gavel" coverage of every speech from the convention

podium, and replays of each day's highlights, as well as information on

convention agendas, schedules, events, and meetings.



    SIRIUS Convention Radio will also revisit key moments of convention

history with insight and reflections by members of both the Democratic and

Republican Convention committees, and SIRIUS hosts and former convention

participants Senator Bill Bradley and Ron Silver. In addition SIRIUS will

give voice to voters across the country with the People's Podium --

listeners will record their own brief political speeches to be broadcast on

the channel.



    SIRIUS Convention Radio En Espanol will provide real-time

Spanish-language translation of every speech, plus replays of each day's

events. The Spanish-language broadcast from the Democratic National

Convention will be provided by Comcast.



    "This marks a tremendous step forward to ensure all Americans can fully

participate in this year's historic Democratic National Convention and in

our democratic process," said 2008 Democratic National Convention Co-Chair

and Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte. "We applaud what SIRIUS is

doing to bring listeners across the country in to the Convention experience

and in particular its efforts to offer a bilingual simulcast for the more

than 35 million Americans who speak Spanish."



    Maria Cino, President and CEO of the 2008 Republican National

Convention, said, "We look forward to welcoming to St. Paul SIRIUS and the

hundreds of other media outlets that will help bring the 2008 Republican

National Convention into millions of homes across America and around the

world. It will be an historic event as Sen. John McCain accepts our party's

nomination and springboards into the general election."



    "SIRIUS will cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

like radio has never done before, with hosts from many perspectives, and

dedicated channels in both English and Spanish. We will use our technology

and extensive programming to give listeners unprecedented coverage of these

historic events," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content

Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio.



    In addition to the SIRIUS Convention Radio channels, SIRIUS will

present a wide variety of political perspectives with live broadcasts from

the conventions on its exclusive talk channels. The broadcasts will include

commentary and interviews with politicians, experts and celebrities, and

listener call-ins. SIRIUS channels broadcasting from the conventions will

include:




-- SIRIUS Indie Talk (the Nation's only talk for independent voters) -- SIRIUS Left (progressive talk) -- SIRIUS OutQ (the Nation's only gay and lesbian talk radio) -- SIRIUS Patriot (conservative talk) SIRIUS hosts Ron Silver, Michelangelo Signorile, Mark Thompson and Andrew Wilkow will broadcast their shows live from the conventions while hosts Alex Bennett, Lynn Samuels, and Mike Church will be on air with special convention programming from the SIRIUS studios. SIRIUS will kick-off SIRIUS Convention Radio, SIRIUS Convention Radio En Espanol and special coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 25th followed by coverage of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul on September 1st. For more information on SIRIUS' political channels and SIRIUS Convention Radio, please visit http://www.sirius.com/politicaltalk .

    About SIRIUS XM Radio



    SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering the

"The Best Radio on Radio" to more than 18 million subscribers, including

100% commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment,

traffic and weather.



    SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive content relationships with an array of

personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Oprah, Martha Stewart,

Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Frank Sinatra, Opie &

Anthony, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dale Earnhardt Jr.,

Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports

programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major

League Baseball, NASCAR, NHL, and PGA Tour, and broadcasts major college

sports.



    SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive arrangements with every major automaker.

SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at shop.sirius.com and

shop.xmradio.com, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy,

Circuit City, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.



    SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live

in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel

and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic service for GPS navigation systems

delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road

construction, for more than 80 North American markets.



    This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the

meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such

statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits

of the business combination transaction involving Sirius Satellite Radio

Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., including potential synergies

and cost savings and the timing thereof, future financial and operating

results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and

intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and

other statements identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe,"

"plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "may," or words

of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the

current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS' and XM's management and are

inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive

uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and

generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ

materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking

statements.



    The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to

differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations

expressed in the forward-looking statement: general business and economic

conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; the

ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on a timely

basis; the failure to realize synergies and cost-savings from the

transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of SIRIUS and

XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer,

be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected;

and operating costs and business disruption following the merger, including

adverse effects on employee retention and on our business relationships

with third parties, including manufacturers of radios, retailers,

automakers and programming providers. Additional factors that could cause

SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the

forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' and XM's Annual Reports

on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which are filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's

Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks

only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or

obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of

developments occurring after the date of this communication.




P - SIRI Contacts for SIRIUS XM Radio: Neel Khairzada SIRIUS 212-584-5243 nkhairzada@siriusradio.com

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