British Open Championship Airs Nationwide On SIRIUS XM Radio
--Comprehensive coverage from The Ailsa Course in Turnberry, Scotland airs July 16-19 --SIRIUS XM will provide more than 45 hours of live on-course play-by-play Thursday through Sunday
NEW YORK, July 13, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that it will air the 138th British Open Championship live nationwide this Thursday, July 16, through Sunday, July 19, on XM channel 146 and on SIRIUS channel 209 with the "Best of XM" programming package.
SIRIUS XM will provide listeners with live hole-by-hole coverage of the Open Championship from The Ailsa Course in Turnberry, Scotland as well as live updates and analysis from SIRIUS XM's T.J. Rives, Brian Katrek, Bob Stevens and Earl Forcey.
Live coverage will start Thursday and Friday at 3:00 am ET and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 am ET and will continue until the conclusion of each day's play. On-course coverage will be immediately followed by a two-hour wrap-up of the day's action on Open Championship Replay, hosted live by T.J. Rives and Bob Stevens, which will include highlights, analysis and interviews with players. Following Open Championship Replay, SIRIUS XM will rebroadcast the day's play-by-play during afternoon drive time and evening hours until live coverage begins the next morning.
In all, listeners will have access to more than 45 hours of live play-by-play from Thursday through Sunday plus comprehensive replays that will cover all the day's highlights and the performances of the tournament leaders.
The Open Championship is the oldest, and to many the most prestigious, of golf's four major championships. This will be the third championship hosted at The Ailsa Course, the last being won by Nick Price in 1994. Defending champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland, winner of the last two Open Championships, comes to Turnberry this week looking to take home the Claret Jug for the third straight time.
Golf fans will also hear daily talk and analysis by SIRIUS XM's lineup of expert hosts leading up to tournament coverage.
Playing Thru hosted by T.J. Rives will air live Monday through Wednesday (8:00 - 10:00 am ET), followed by Making the Turn with Peter Kessler (10:00 - 11:00 am ET).
Tuesday morning (7:00 am ET), PGA TOUR member Chris DiMarco and broadcaster Greg Warmoth will host a new edition of their weekly talk show, oPINionated. DiMarco, who was the runner-up in 2006 British Open at Hoylake, will share his thoughts on the Open Championship and the players competing in this year's event. oPINionated replays several times throughout the week.
On Wednesday (2:00 pm ET), Rives and Stevens will host the hour-long Open Championship Preview Show, giving listeners all the latest news and updates from Scotland plus a look at the championship field teeing off the following morning.
For more information on SIRIUS XM's golf coverage, visit www.xmradio.com/pgatour.
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