Radio debuted its "Open Road" Trucker Channel this past weekend at
the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The new channel features shows from
well-known trucking radio personalities Bill Mack and Dale "the Truckin'
Road Channel carries truck safety news and alerts from the U.S. Department of
Transportation, advising truckers of new regulations and of the latest highway
hazards. Currently, that information is available only on the Internet, on local
media for localized alerts and through federal government publications.
music and trucker show radio personality and Grammy-winning songwriter, hosts
his popular country music show from his Fort Worth studio, but the show will
now air exclusively on XM. Sommers has amassed a national following since 1984.
The new trucker
channel is one of 100 channels of digital-quality sound XM will offer throughout
the country. There will be 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free,
and 29 news, sports and talk channels. Access to the channels costs $9.99 a
XM is scheduled
to launch commercial service in San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth on Sept. 12,
throughout the Southwest in mid-October and across the nation in early November.
will be available in select new Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks starting next
month. Truckers also can choose from a variety of options to make their current
radios XM-ready or replace them with aftermarket XM-ready radios. For more information