XM to Add HRC's 'The Agenda with Joe Solmonese' to XM Radio Online

by HRC Staff

Weekly GLBT Satellite Radio Show Will Be Streamed Through XM's Online Platform

WASHINGTON - In a move to make the Human Rights Campaign's weekly radio show, "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese," available in multiple formats to a broader audience, XM will make the program available through its Internet streaming service, XM Radio Online, beginning Jan. 22, joining XM's other original talk programs and music channels. The announcement, by XM and HRC, continues the partnership to present programming dedicated to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

"The Agenda" will continue to broadcast live each Monday from 6-8 p.m. ET on XM channel 200. Starting Jan. 22, each Monday night, the show will be repeated in a two-hour loop beginning at 10 p.m. that night on XM Online. By joining the XM Online programming, "The Agenda"will be part of a talk and entertainment lineup that includes "Oprah & Friends,""XM Comedy" and XM's commercial-free music channels.

"We're excited about joining the online community because we believe that so many people, youth in particular, get all their news and entertainment online," said Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign president and host of "The Agenda.""From the beginning when we launched 'The Agenda,' we wanted to have a more direct conversation with America about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender today, and our online presence expands that reach."

Since the show's launch in July 2006, Solmonese and co-host Mary Breslauer have brought an eclectic mix of news, politics, entertainment, culture and music. Guests have ranged from politicos like Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Chris Shays and former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry to religious leaders like Bishop Gene Robinson to icons like Armistead Maupin and Arianna Huffington to entertainers like Jane Lynch and Jennifer Holiday to journalists and pundits from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and USA Today. Additionally, "The Agenda" has taken a look at important issues like coming out as transgender, HIV/AIDS in the African-American community and back-to-school advice for GLBT parents.

XM Radio Online (xmro.xmradio.com) is available to current XM subscribers as part of their basic monthly service. Standalone XM Radio Online service is available to non-XM subscribers for $7.99 per month. In conjunction with online availability of "The Agenda," consumers across the country will be able to enjoy an extended two-week free trial of "The Agenda" and the entire XM Radio Online lineup at no cost through March 31. Complete details will be available at www.hrc.org/TheAgenda.

Coinciding with "The Agenda's" online launch, HRC and XM are running an advertising campaign online and in 26 GLBT newspapers around the country.

For more information on "The Agenda," including airtimes, special offers and to download highlights from the show's audio archive, visit www.hrc.org/TheAgenda.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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