XM Satellite Radio has announced a full slate of coverage for the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Week in New York City, including the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15.
XM will air the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and exclusive radio coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game, featuring the top minor-league prospects from the U.S. and abroad.
XM's baseball talk radio channel MLB Home Plate (XM 175) will be live from New York starting July 12 with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. at the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
Cal and his brother and fellow major-league vet Billy Ripken will host their weekly XM show "Ripken Baseball" at the XM broadcast booth in the convention center this Saturday 10-11 am ET. The Ripkens' guests will include the Yankees' Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.
The MLB Home Plate channel (XM 175)'s on-air team will host shows at FanFest, Yankee Stadium, and the XM studios at Jazz at Lincoln Center July 12-16.
This year's Midsummer Classic will be the fourth and final All-Star Game played at Yankee Stadium as the team prepares to open a new stadium in 2009. Pre-game ceremonies at the "House That Ruth Built" will include the largest gathering of Hall of Fame stars on one field at the same time.
"The All-Star Game this year is especially historic because it's the last one to be played on the most hallowed ground in baseball," said Eric Logan, XM executive vice president, programming. "We will have wall-to-wall coverage of All-Star events in New York for five days straight. It's all part of our mission to bring every MLB game to millions of listeners across the country."
MLB All-Star Week on XM Satellite Radio on-air schedule:
- Saturday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 16: MLB Home Plate (XM channel 175) live from DHL All-Star FanFest, Yankee Stadium, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York
- Sunday, July 13: XM All Star Futures Game at 12:30 pm ET on XM 175
- Monday, July 14: State Farm Home Run Derby at 8 pm ET on XM 176
- Tuesday, July 15: 79th MLB All-Star Game at 8 pm ET on XM 176
Source: XM Satellite Radio