|Broadcast area||United States
|First air date||February 4, 2008|
|Format||Sports talk and news|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
(Disney 80%/Hearst 20%)
|Website||ESPN Xtra @ XM Radio|
ESPN Xtra is a satellite radio station that combines the existing audio simulcast of ESPNEWS programs with sports talk programming produced by ESPN, most notably three local programs produced by ESPN Radio owned-and-operated stations. This channel is on XM85.
The three shows added to the XM 141 lineup include The Michael Kay Show and The Max Kellerman Show both from WEPN, and Galloway and Company from KESN (on a 4 hour delay). Bill Simmons's The B.S. Report podcast from ESPN.com is also aired on the new channel.1 In addition, the channel will air exclusive content to satellite radio throughout the year, and will include live events such as the ESPY Awards and the X Games.
XM announced the addition of this channel on January 28, 2008. Sirius announced changes to its audio simulcast of ESPNEWS, now called ESPN All Access, on December 12, 2007, but would not be adding any content announced for XM as it will be exclusive to XM.
On March 9, 2009, Max Kellerman was released from his WEPN contract after disputes over his show in at the station.2 The Brandon Tierney Show will be airing in the time slot until a permanent show is in place.
- "ESPN and XM Satellite Radio to Launch 'ESPN Xtra' Radio Channel" (Press release). PR Newswire via xmradio.com. January 28, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
- Raissman, Bob (March 10, 2009). "Max Kellerman leaving ESPN-1050; is pairing with Francesa in the works?". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
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