NEW YORK, Aug 19, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- 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 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.
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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.