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XM Radio expands Nashville presence

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 – XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 8.2 million subscribers, today announced an agreement with Nashville to expand its presence in Music City with new studios.

Construction on the new space is scheduled for completion later this year, meaning XM will abandon its current Nashville studios at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"The new Nashville arena tower studios will enable XM to provide more of the live performances, exclusive interviews and original shows that country music fans have come to expect from us, as well as the opportunity to broadcast other non-country music programming," said Eric Logan, executive vice president, programming, for XM. "The Country Music Hall of Fame has been a wonderful home to XM's Nashville studios for the past six years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future."

The new facilities will include significantly expanded broadcast and production studios, as well as a dedicated performance studio, full production suite and office space.

XM will use its new Nashville studios to originate its country music programming and content for other channels. XM also teamed up with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau to collaborate on free, live music events for Music City's Visitor Information Center, which is located on the main level of the arena tower.

XM's original performance series, "Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits," is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

More than 900 country performers have come through XM's Nashville studios for live performances, interviews and more. Currently, XM carries 7 different country music channels: "America" (XM 10) for classic country; "X Country" (XM 12) for progressive country; "Willie's Place" (XM 13) for traditional country music; "Bluegrass Junction" (XM 14) for bluegrass music fans; "The Village" (XM 15) for folk music; "Highway 16" (XM 16) for current top country hits; and "U.S. Country" (XM 17) for '80s and '90s country hits.

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