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PGA TOUR Network on XM Satellite Radio Tees Off June 9


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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 07 2005 - 05:48 AM

PGA TOUR Network on XM Satellite Radio Tees Off June 9 Press Release Source: XM Satellite Radio PGA TOUR Network on XM Satellite Radio Tees Off June 9 With Live, Coast-to-Coast Broadcast of Booz Allen Classic Monday June 6, 10:42 am ET WASHINGTON, June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR - News), the PGA TOUR, and Pure Golf today announced that the PGA TOUR Network (XM Channel 146) will debut June 9 with live coverage of the Booz Allen Classic at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The upcoming tournament also marks the first time PGA TOUR galleries will be able to rent or purchase portable XM radios so they can hear live, comprehensive coverage of the action throughout the course. XM, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than four million subscribers, is launching the PGA TOUR Network in partnership with Pure Golf, the new programming company that will provide listeners in-depth coverage of PGA TOUR events, news, interviews, and call-in programs. "The PGA TOUR Network on XM is a revolutionary way for true golf fans to experience their favorite sport," said Davis Love III, PGA TOUR member and winner of 18 TOUR titles. The flagship broadcast of the PGA TOUR Network will be Pure Golf's live tournament coverage of PGA TOUR events. Broadcasts will originate from the tournament site and be carried on XM Channel 146 Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time. Broadcasts will keep the listener up- to-date on the latest leaderboard and on-course action, while delivering a behind-the-scenes look into the PGA TOUR, tournaments and players through compelling interviews and features. The channel will also broadcast a Pure Golf morning talk show Monday though Friday. The show will air 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in each time zone. It will review and analyze the latest happenings in and around the world of golf, as well as features and live phone calls from golf personalities and listeners. The PGA TOUR Network features an outstanding lineup of on-air talent, including veteran broadcaster Jim Kelly, who brings more than 30 years of award-winning golf broadcasting experience with CBS, ESPN, NBC and the Golf Channel to XM. Kelly will serve as booth host/commentator with analyst Phil Tataurangi, a PGA TOUR member since 1994 and the winner of the 2002 Invensys Classic of Las Vegas. Joining Kelly and Tataurangi are Mark Carnevale, recognized by the PGA TOUR and Golf Digest as the 1992 "Rookie of the Year," a veteran of some 200 PGA TOUR events, and the champion of the 1992 Chattanooga Classic; Chip Thomson, one of America's most respected golf instructors; and Bob Bubka, the renowned broadcaster known as "the voice of golf" for his golf coverage on U.S. and European media outlets. "With XM Satellite Radio, PGA TOUR fans will now be able to follow the world's best golfers like never before," said Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR. "The PGA TOUR Network delivers unprecedented live tournament coverage, providing listeners with the latest tournament information, player interviews, news and much more. And XM makes it possible for the millions of PGA TOUR fans to listen in their cars, at home, on the course, in the gallery, or virtually anyplace else from coast to coast." "The popularity of the PGA TOUR is at an all-time high," said Hugh Panero, President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio. "XM and Pure Golf have assembled a fantastic team of broadcasters to cover the tournaments from the first tee to the final round. The PGA TOUR Network is a great addition to our outstanding line-up of sports programming." "Pure Golf is proud to be teaming with the PGA TOUR and XM Satellite Radio to bring live TOUR events to satellite radio listeners across the country, said Charley Moore, CEO, Pure Golf. "Our aim is to bring the talent and integrity of the TOUR and its players, along with a genuine feeling of what it means to be in attendance at a PGA TOUR event, directly to XM Satellite Radio listeners." Besides being the first PGA TOUR event to be carried on XM's PGA TOUR Network, the Booz Allen Classic marks the debut of XM's new program for rental and purchase of portable Delphi XM2go MyFi radios at the golf course so fans can listen to live tournament coverage and other XM programming. The compact MyFi unit is the first wearable satellite radio. USA Today and BusinessWeek magazine named the MyFi one of the best products of 2004. PGA TOUR is the latest addition to XM's line-up of sports programming. XM is the official satellite radio network of Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Indy Racing League, World Cup Soccer, and the college sports conferences ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-10. XM offers sports play-by-play and sports talk on ESPN Radio, as well as sports talk on ESPNews Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and Sporting News Radio. XM is also the satellite radio home for The Tony Kornheiser Show, which airs weekdays on Extreme XM (XM 152).

 

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