XM Satellite Radio announced today that Bob Dylan
will host a new music show exclusively for XM, marking the first time the music legend has hosted a radio show. The weekly hour-long music show will feature an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan. In addition, Dylan will offer regular commentary on music and other topics, host and interview special guests including other artists and will take emails from XM subscribers. The show will debut in March 2006 on XM's deep album rock channel Deep Tracks (XM channel 40).
"Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," said Dylan. "It'll be as exciting for me as it is for XM."
Bob Dylan is one of music's most enduring performers. He has released more than 44 albums
containing more than 600 songs that have been covered by more than 2,000 different artists ranging from The Rolling Stones
, Stevie Wonder
and Guns N' Roses
to Duke Ellington
, Garth Brooks
, Pearl Jam
and Rage Against the Ma
chine. His last two albums have been critical and popular successes with 1997's Time Out Of Mind
garnering three GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year. In 2001, he won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the song "Things Have Changed." In 2004 his best selling memoir, Chronicles Volume 1, spent 19 weeks on the New York Times' Bestseller List. For the past eighteen years Mr. Dylan has been a mainstay on the concert stage performing over a hundred shows a year around the globe.
"Bob Dylan epitomizes the American music experience and his unflagging integrity and vision defines everything we hope for XM to be," said Lee Abrams, Chief Creative Officer, XM Satellite Radio. "It is an honor to count Bob Dylan among the members of the XM artist family, and is further testimony of XM's commitment to create original music programming that makes a difference."
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