ESPN and XM Satellite Radio today announced that XM will add a new slate of ESPN programs to its line up starting 2/4 featuring a new ESPN Radio-dedicated channel. XM and ESPN will re-brand XM channel 141 as ESPN Xtra. It will enhance its current schedule of ESPNEWS programming with new shows and specials, including three of ESPN Radio’s talk programs from its O&O stations in New York and Dallas, which will be available for the first time for a national radio audience only on XM.
The ESPN Xtra channel will also air content produced by ESPN exclusively for XM throughout the year, live coverage of events ranging from the X Games to the ESPY Awards, and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons’ popular podcast from ESPN.com. In addition to the newly-branded ESPN Xtra channel, XM will continue to offer ESPN Radio (XM channel 140).