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News |  15 Dec 2006 17:42 |  By RnMTeam

XM to air special holiday episode of Bob Dylan`s `Theme Time Radio Hour`

WASHINGTON - XM will air a special holiday episode of Bob Dylan`s hugely popular and award winning weekly program, "Theme Time Radio Hour," on December 20, it was announced today. In addition to music, the two-hour show will also feature a complete reading by Dylan of the classic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," as well as his recitations of other holiday-themed anecdotes and insightful commentary on holiday traditions around the world.

This special episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" will be devoted to the theme of "Christmas and New Year`s," with a song list that spans the decades, including "Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas" by The Staples Singers, "Sock It To Me Santa" by Bob Seger, "Jingle Bells" by Johnny Paycheck and "What Are You Doing New Year`s Eve" by Nancy Wilson, among many others. The two-hour holiday episode of "Theme Time" will debut on Wednesday, December 20 at 10 a.m. ET on XM`s Deep Tracks channel (XM 40), with additional encores airing on XM through the end of the month.

As a special holiday gift to radio listeners and Bob Dylan fans across the country, XM will make the "Christmas and New Year`s" episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" available to non-commercial radio stations for broadcast.

`In addition, XM will ring in the New Year with a "Theme Time Radio Hour" marathon, broadcasting every episode of Dylan`s "Theme Time Radio Hour" back- to-back, beginning December 31 at 12 noon ET on The Village (XM 15), continuing through New Year`s Day.

In May 2006, Bob Dylan`s exclusive radio show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," debuted to popular and critical-acclaim on XM. Each weekly show features an eclectic mix of music based around a theme, with host Bob Dylan offering stories about the music and topics of interest. New episodes of Dylan`s "Theme Time Radio Hour" air on XM`s Deep Tracks channel Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET, with additional encores airing throughout the week. Complete show details are available online at

Bob Dylan is one of the world`s most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades. His newest album, Modern Times, has already sold more than two million copies, reaching the number one slot in 13 countries. The album was recently nominated for three Grammy® Awards. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded "Things Have Changed" for the 2000 film Wonder Boys, for which he received both the Academy Award and Golden Globe. The first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles, was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling non-fiction works of 2004, and last year`s No Direction Home film, directed by Martin Scorsese, captivated audiences worldwide as it documented Dylan`s early career and rise to fame. The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America`s number one satellite radio company with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM`s 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children`s and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM`s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio`s service, the Company`s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.`s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-9-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio`s Investor Relations Department.