Below is an announcement from XM Satellite Radio. There’s no word on whether they will provide third party coverage, but it would certainly seem so since 24/7 commercial-free is an awful lot of airtime to fill (and it’s going to get very boring, very quickly, if it covers only the two major parties):
XM Satellite Radio announced it will launch a new radio channel dedicated to the 2008 presidential election, marking the first time that a national radio channel has been devoted to a presidential campaign. The 24-hour, commercial-free channel, created in association with C-SPAN and other media outlets, will be called “POTUS ‘08.” The channel’s name (pronounced POH-tus) is the acronym used by government insiders for the President of the United States.
From their website, here’s a rundown of what to expect from POTUS when it goes live in September:
- Provide unbiased and commercial-free coverage of the 2008 presidential election.
- Create a destination for voters to get politically neutral information about the election process and unprecedented access to the candidates.
- Provide a pipeline to the candidates and their campaigns to communicate without filter to the American people.
- Provide information from beyond the traditional media to include new media sources.
- Provide perspective on the election process from a historical and current view.
- Maintain the highest standards of professional integrity and neutrality.
FREE TO AIR
Created as a public service, POTUS ‘08 will be broadcast free to all XM radio receivers. Whether you are a paid subscriber or not, you can still listen to all the presidential coverage.