“Willie’s Place” on XM Radio

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Last July XM Satellite Radio announced that Willie Nelson would join XM to launch their traditional country music channel, formerly known  ‘Hanks Place’.

This is from their press release; In his new role as “proprietor” of “Willie’s Place,” Nelson will provide creative direction for the channel, as well as contribute exclusive programming to “Willie’s Place” and other XM commercial-free music channels. 

“I’ve been a fan of XM and Hank’s Place since the very beginning. They put a lot of thought and hard work into making the channel sound as good as it does, so I feel privileged to be a part of it,” said Willie Nelson.

“It’s an honor to have an American music icon like Willie Nelson take the reins of our traditional country music channel,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM Satellite Radio. “Like the channel itself, Willie embodies the heart and soul of country music. His involvement further underscores XM’s commitment to country music nationwide with the most country channels and innovative content for country fans.

In addition to changing the channel name, XM is building new studios for “Willie’s Place” in Carl’s Corner, TX, located in the Willie Nelson’s BioDiesel Truck Stop. “Willie’s Place” will begin broadcasting live from Carl’s Corner in 2007.”Willie will be a great addition to the channel and I know we’ll have a great time down in Carl’s Corner,” said Eddie Kilroy, on-air personality for Hank’s Place.

The announcement was made last summer before Willie’s July Fourth picnic, and they aired the picnic on its progressive country channel X Country. Jessie Scott and Eddie Kilroy broadcast live from the concert site at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

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