WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, announced today that its live talk show, "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese," will air on Take Five, XM Radio Channel 155, beginning May 5th. The show, which launched in 2006, will remain in its Monday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) timeslot and expand to include live call-ins, allowing listeners to interact with show host, HRC President Joe Solmonese, and co-host, Mary Breslauer.
"When the Human Rights Campaign began this media experiment, we did it with the goal of reaching the broadest possible audience by delivering a show that mixes information and politics with entertainment and culture," said host and HRC President Joe Solmonese. "The response has been terrific and adding real-time listener questions and comments gives 'The Agenda' even greater depth and connection."
"The Agenda" has been broadcast on XM's Channel 120 since its 2006 debut. Its new home, Take Five on XM channel 155, includes broad lifestyle programming including Good Morning America Radio, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Broadminded, Lisa Belkin and Focus Group, a new XM-exclusive business show with a gay point of view, hosted by John Nash and Tim Bennett.
"'The Agenda' will now be a part of a line-up of live talk shows that generate conversation with a diverse audience," said co-host Mary Breslauer. "We think we've landed in just the right spot and we can't wait for the phones to start ringing."
In addition to the live Monday night slot, "The Agenda" will be rebroadcast in a four-hour block of shows on Channel 155 of interest to the community every Saturday afternoon beginning at Noon (EST). "The Agenda" also repurposes its political highlights for POTUS, XM's 24/7 channel covering the presidential election, on Channel 130 every Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
"I'm looking forward to expanding the show's reach and continuing to produce high-quality, cutting-edge programming that appeals to both GLBT and straight audiences," said Solmonese.
Past guests on "The Agenda" include politicos such as Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. Christopher Shays, entertainers like Jane Lynch and Jennifer Holliday, journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post and other media outlets, and GLBT community icons like Armistead Maupin and Bishop Gene Robinson. To learn more about "The Agenda," go to hrc.org/theagenda.
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