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XM Opens NY Studios and Offices

(July 09, 2001)
Washington-based XM Satellite Radio opened midtown Manhattan broadcast studios and offices, creating a New York City base where it will produce specific shows and showcase talent. The New York City studio facility will be interconnected with XM's 80-plus-studio broadcast center in Washington.

XM's 5,000-square-foot facility on the fifth floor of the Economist Building, at 111 W. 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, will feature talk studios, production studios and several offices, with accommodations for 10 staff. The complex will begin broadcasting signal next Monday. The building has a long music history. Formerly known as the Steinway Building, it still houses the headquarters of the famed piano maker. XM has a similar studio facility in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Among those working from XM's New York studios will be jazz great Wynton Marsalis, who will host a series of hour-long musical specials chronicling his career, influences and own tastes in music, which will air on XM's jazz channels; and renowned radio personality Jonathan Schwartz, who will direct programming for XM's American Standards channel and host a daily show. Marsalis, 39, who has been hailed as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, has won nine Grammy Awards, in both the jazz and classical categories; and the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Schwartz, a 30-year fixture in New York radio, is a nationally recognized author and artistic director of the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center.

In addition to its broadcast studios in Washington, New York and Nashville, XM has offices in Japan, Detroit and Dallas, and a technology center in Boca Raton, FL. XM's Eckington Place headquarters in Washington features one of the world's largest digital broadcast facilities featuring 80-plus state-of-the-art studios and a 2,800-square-foot performance studio.

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