CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ – Harpo Radio, Inc. and XM Satellite Radio announced the highly anticipated "Oprah & Friends" channel debut today at 11:00 a.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (XM 156), the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than seven million subscribers. The new channel features a broad range of caller-driven, original talk programming created and produced by Harpo Radio exclusively for XM Satellite Radio.
With a wide variety of daily and weekly shows hosted by popular personalities from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and O, The Oprah Magazine, "Oprah & Friends" features around-the-clock programming on topics ranging from nutrition, fitness and health to self improvement, home decor and current events. Show hosts include legendary poet and bestselling author Dr. Maya Angelou; interior design expert Nate Berkus; financial coach and money expert Jean Chatzky; renowned exercise physiologist and fitness expert Bob Greene; O, The Oprah Magazine Editor-At-Large Gayle King; noted cardiologist and award- winning author Dr. Mehmet Oz; distinguished psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Robin Smith; and spiritual teacher and internationally acclaimed author and lecturer Marianne Williamson.
"For me, being a part of XM Radio is a full-circle moment because I started out in radio when I was 16 years old and now I’m able to share the airwaves with my friends," said Oprah.
The original programming on "Oprah & Friends" features a mix of celebrities and everyday people in conversation with the shows’ hosts, as well as listeners, through call-ins and e-mails. Donald Trump, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Annette Bening, Jon Bon Jovi, Nora Ephron, Carnie Wilson, Norman Lear, The New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman, former presidential candidate Sen. Dennis Kucinich, and others are among those scheduled to appear on "Oprah & Friends" during the first few weeks of broadcast.
"XM’s more than seven million subscribers will now benefit from Oprah Winfrey’s unparalleled track record of creating programming that entertains, informs and inspires," said Hugh Panero, CEO, XM Satellite Radio. "The shows heard on the ‘Oprah & Friends’ channel reflect XM and Harpo’s shared commitment to engaging audiences by creating personal connections with listeners."
Among the original shows included in the lineup for the "Oprah & Friends" channel debut on XM:
"The Oprah and Gayle Show" – Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King provide a fly-
on-the-wall glimpse into their great friendship as they talk about
everything from the latest news to daily gossip in this "reality radio" show. King offers her unique perspective on an array of topics ranging from current events and cultural trends to politics as well as compelling daily interviews with celebrities and notable public figures.
"The Dr. Robin Show" – Through call-ins and interviews with guest
experts, Dr. Robin Smith helps listeners learn how to strip away emotional
barriers so that they can experience more fulfilling and enriching
"The Jean Chatzky Show" – Offering life-changing financial pointers that
help lower debt and find financial security, Chatzky welcomes guest
experts and takes calls from listeners.
"The Dr. Oz Show" – Dr. Oz engages callers with discussions on healing
techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news so that
listeners can make well-informed decisions about their health.
"The Bob Greene Show" – Greene takes his best-selling fitness
philosophies directly to XM listeners by providing them with advice,
emotional support, and guidance on their road to better health.
"The Marianne Williamson Show" – Williamson shares her spiritual wisdom
with XM listeners as she explores how current social and political issues
may affect our lives, and how we can all be part of a solution in a world
weighed down by troubles.
"The Dr. Maya Angelou Show" – The legendary Dr. Maya Angelou takes on
issues spanning race, sex, age, and religion with famous, infamous and
everyday people. She shares her remarkable wisdom and inspires listeners
as they search for their own true voices.
"The Nate Berkus Show" – America’s most sought-after designer takes
listeners’ questions on home decor and style and helps them create living
spaces that reflect their personal tastes and lifestyles.
"Oprah & Friends Sampler" – Providing daily highlights, listeners will
have a chance to "sample" all the programming offered on the "Oprah & Friends" channel.
"Weekend Encore" – This weekly compilation of the highlights and memorable conversations from each show on "Oprah & Friends" gives busy XM listeners an opportunity to catch up with their favorite "Friends" every weekend.