Rock Pioneer Lou Reed Joins SIRIUS Satellite Radio

May 15, 2008

SIRIUS welcomes the legendary singer-songwriter to its line-up of iconic recording artists and hosts

NEW YORK, May 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced that Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed will host his own weekly show exclusively on SIRIUS. Lou Reed's New York Shuffle will premiere on SIRIUS Disorder channel 70 this Saturday, May 17th at 6 pm ET.


SIRIUS listeners can expect to hear the most eclectic mix of music found anywhere on Lou Reed's New York Shuffle -- running the gamut from jazz to vintage rock, and everything in-between. Reed will co-host the show with music producer Hal Willner, who recently collaborated with Reed on the concert film Berlin.

Lou Reed said, "For years, I've always been a fan of eclectic radio, such as FM radio in the past when you could hear stations play widely divergent music, ranging from rock to country to jazz to opera. I loved the days when DJs who did their own programming set the bar high. I learned from these DJs and it's a delight, with my friend Hal Willner, to do this type of radio today on SIRIUS. We will try to bring SIRIUS' listeners audio from all parts of the world that covers the whole musical spectrum."

"For four decades, Lou Reed has been at the forefront of music innovation," said Scott Greenstein, President of Entertainment and Sports for SIRIUS. "We are proud to have a singular talent like Lou join us, and to have SIRIUS continue to grow as a home for creative freedom on the radio."

Reed joins fellow rockers and recording artists such as David Johansen, "Little Steven" Van Zandt, Mojo Nixon, Steve Earle, Marky Ramone and Fred Schneider, whose shows on SIRIUS represent both another aspect of their artistic expression and some of the most diverse and creative radio being broadcast today.

In the 1960s, Lou Reed led the Velvet Underground as the antidote to the counterculture hippies of the time. Produced by Andy Warhol, they became a band with an avante-garde vision beyond the realms of popular music. In addition to Reed's success as part of the Velvet Underground, he scored a major solo hit with his gritty urban anthem "Walk on the Wild Side" and has released over 20 solo albums since 1972. Lou Reed's talents were recognized in 1996 when the Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2006, he played a series of now legendary shows at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, on a stage designed by the painter Julian Schnabel. Reed's performance was recorded live and released as a film by Schnabel in 2008. Lou Reed most recently collaborated with The Killers on the alternative rock hit, "Tranquilize."

Hal Willner is one of the most well-regarded experimental producers in music today, tapping into a wide-ranging field of music genres that includes rock and jazz, pop and experimental. In addition to Lou Reed, Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Bill Frisell, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, among others.

Lou Reed's New York Shuffle will air on SIRIUS Disorder, Saturdays at 6 pm and rebroadcast Sundays at 12 noon and Mondays at 4:00 pm (all times Eastern).

SIRIUS Disorder is where free-form radio lives-eclectic music without rules or boundaries-from rock to reggae, blues to folk or opera or a jug band thrown in. On SIRIUS Disorder, listeners will hear Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, White Stripes, James Brown, Ryan Adams, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, Tom Waits, Madness, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and many, many others.

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