Oprah Radio Launches on Sirius XM
New York — Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) and Harpo Radio, Inc. announced today the launch of Oprah Radio, formerly Oprah & Friends, an expanded 24/7 channel featuring a diverse and lively programming lineup that will inform, entertain and inspire listeners across the country to live their best lives.
Oprah Radio launched Wednesday, March 4, 2009, on XM channel 156 and is available on Sirius channel 195 as part of "The Best of XM" package. Daily and weekly shows—hosted by Gayle King, poet and bestselling author Dr. Maya Angelou, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz, fitness trainer Bob Greene, renowned sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman, financial expert Jean Chatzky, acclaimed psychologist Dr. Robin Smith, design expert Nate Berkus, organizational expert Peter Walsh and news anchor-turned-inspirationalist Daryn Kagan—explore how to nourish the body, mind and soul.
New shows launching on Oprah Radio include the O Magazine Show, a weekly show that brings the pages of O, The Oprah Magazine to life featuring Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and writer Lisa Kogan; Better in Bed with renowned sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman; Oprah's Book Club on Oprah Radio Powered by Audible.com, an exciting new show featuring the audiobook editions of Oprah's Book Club selections, exclusive author interviews and commentary; and Oprah Radio News Updates, hosted by Daryn Kagan, designed to inform and inspire.
"With the channel's relaunch and expanded live programming, we expect Oprah Radio will now reach even more people with its message of motivating people to live their best lives," said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer, Sirius XM Radio. "On the unique platform of satellite radio, Oprah Radio—powered by Winfrey and her unparalleled team of experts—offers Sirius XM listeners extraordinary inspiration and information daily."
"We are thrilled to expand our already robust radio programming for fans who are seeking to live their best lives. We are excited about the limitless possibilities of the Oprah Radio brand, and Sirius XM is a terrific platform for this type of content," said Erik Logan, executive vice president, Harpo, Inc.
Oprah Radio daily programming lineup includes:
New time - The Gayle King Show: 9 to 10 a.m. ET (live)
Self-proclaimed news junkie Gayle King offers her unique perspective on an array of topics ranging from current events and cultural trends to politics and more. King brings listeners closer to their favorite celebrities and notable public figures with her revealing, compelling daily interviews.
Dr. Robin's combination of psychological insight and practical advice helps listeners transform their relationships and personal lives. On her daily show, Dr. Robin interviews experts, takes listener calls and helps people strip away emotional barriers so that they can experience more fulfilling and enriching relationships.
The Dr. Oz Show: 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CST
Get the essentials to living a longer, more vibrant life during this caller-driven show. Through in-depth conversations on health, Oprah Show health expert Dr. Mehmet Oz arms listeners with the crucial knowledge they need to take better care of their bodies. Dr. Oz and co-host Dr. Michael Roizen—elling author and anti-aging expert—discuss healing techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news so that Americans can make well-informed decisions about their health.
The Jean Chatzky Show: 12 to 1 p.m. ET (live)
Jean Chatzky offers listeners life-changing financial advice and helps them achieve their financial dreams and take control of their lives. Now more than ever, Americans need Chatzky's expertise and tips on how to lower debt, find financial security, improve their credit scores and create a budget.
New show - Better in Bed with Dr. Laura Berman: 5 to 7 p.m. ET (live)
Renowned sex therapist and best-selling author Dr. Laura Berman is devoted to helping listeners enjoy the best relationships and the best sex of their lives. Dr. Berman dispenses down-to-earth advice, keeps listeners up-to-date on the latest news and research about sexual health and takes calls about love, sex and relationships.
New show - Oprah's Book Club on Oprah Radio Powered by Audible.com: 11 p.m to 2 a.m. ET
Oprah's Book Club on Oprah Radio Powered by Audible.com is the ultimate audio companion to Oprah's millions-strong book club. Kicking off with the current Oprah's Book Club pick—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski—the show will feature the complete audio versions from many of the 62 Oprah's Book Club selections to date. The show also will feature Winfrey's own reflections, questions and thoughts about these books and authors culled from The Oprah Winfrey Show and Oprah.com. In addition, Oprah's Book Club on Oprah Radio Powered by Audible.com will feature exclusive interviews from the authors, who will provide background on that day's chapters, plot lines and characters to make it easy for listeners to follow along.
For the first time, Oprah Radio listeners will get a daily dose of the day's headlines with a twist from former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan. Kagan hosts customized Oprah Radio news updates, which feature ABC News Radio updates intertwined with uplifting real life human interest stories. Kagan gathers these stories from DarynKagan.com, an online community devoted to telling inspiring stories that show the world what's possible.
Oprah Radio weekly programming lineup includes:
New show - O Magazine Show: Premieres March 10, airs Tuesday 1 to 2 p.m. ET
The pages of O, The Oprah Magazine come to life through this weekly look at the current issue. Winfrey and King will host the first show of each month and offer their perspective and thoughts on that month's issue, discuss popular articles and answer "Letters to the Editor." O magazine writer-at-large Lisa Kogan hosts the other three shows per month, sharing additional insights and interviewing contributors. On the debut broadcast of the show, Winfrey and King share the story behind the story of O's interview with first lady Michelle Obama in the April 2009 issue and the magazine's history-making cover featuring Mrs. Obama and Winfrey.
Oprah's Soul Series: Monday 1 to 2 p.m. ET (expanded to one hour)
Spiritual teacher Elizabeth Lesser and the Rev. Ed Bacon will host Oprah's Soul Series three times a month, inviting leading spiritual scholars and teachers to share insights and reflect on their own journeys. Once a month, Winfrey puts her feet up and talks with some of the most important figures in the world of spirituality about her favorite subject—the evolution of the soul. Kicking off the series for this month is a special Oprah interview with Rainn Wilson, star of NBC's The Office and founder of SoulPancake.com.
The Dr. Maya Angelou Show: Wednesday 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Hailed as a remarkable Renaissance woman, beloved poet and best-selling author, Dr. Angelou has the unique ability to captivate listeners through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words. Dr. Angelou shares her legendary wisdom to help listeners find their true voices. Taking on issues spanning race, sex, age and religion, Dr. Angelou's extraordinary insight continually challenges and inspires listeners.
Exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer Bob Greene brings his best-selling philosophies to listeners, providing them with advice, emotional support and guidance on their road to better health. Greene helps people create and maintain a nutrition and fitness program that fits their individual lifestyles.
New time - The Marianne Williamson Show: Thursday 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Spiritual author Marianne Williamson teaches listeners how to cope with the overwhelming stress and frustrations of daily life by encouraging them to develop a sense of divine purpose and perspective. Williamson offers a plan of action that shows listeners how to create small wonders in their everyday lives. By popular demand, Williamson's wisdom is also available at Oprah.com by way of her daily MiracleThought podcasts.
The Peter Walsh Show: Friday 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Organizational design expert Peter Walsh teaches listeners how to focus on the stuff of life—not just the stuff in their homes and their heads. Walsh's unique approach confronts both the emotional and design obstacles behind organizational challenges with practical, easy-to-manage solutions so listeners can improve their lives and personal spaces.
The Nate Berkus Show: Saturday 10 to 11 a.m. ET
Design expert Nate Berkus brings his style secrets to listeners seeking to upgrade their homes from drab to fab. He takes listeners' decorating questions and helps them create living spaces that reflect their personal tastes and lifestyle and helps transform their houses into homes.
For more information, please visit Sirius.com, XMRadio.com and Oprah.com
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About Harpo Productions, Inc.
Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the numberone–rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show; creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television; and operates Oprah.com (www.oprah.com), a premier lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication. Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming and recently announced an exclusive television deal with HBO. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio, which airs on XM channel 156 and is available on Sirius channel 195 as part of "The Best of XM" package.