XM Satellite Radio debuts trucker channel at GATS

| 9/10/2001

XM Satellite 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' Bozo" Sommers.

XM's Open 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.

Mack, country 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 month.

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.

XM-ready radios 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 visit www.xmradio.com.