Eric Byrnes to Host XM Satellite Radio Show During MLB Off-Season

The
popular Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes will host a national talk
radio show on XM Satellite Radio during Major League Baseball’s off-season, XM
announced.

The
weekly, three-hour “Eric Byrnes Show” will premiere this Saturday at
9 am PT/ 12 noon ET exclusively on XM’s baseball talk radio channel MLB Home
Plate (XM Channel 175). Byrnes’ show will air Saturdays until spring training.

XM
listeners across the country can hear Byrnes talk candidly about baseball and
other sports, as well as music, politics, and whatever else pops up his radar
each week.

Byrnes is
the first active MLB player to host his own satellite radio show. His offbeat,
outgoing personality and full-tilt play on the field have made him a fan
favorite, as well as an in-demand sports analyst for FOX Sports and ESPN. Last
year, the northern
California native hosted an
off-season radio show at KNBR-AM in

San
Francisco.

“I’m
very excited and grateful to get the opportunity to work with XM Radio and
interact with sports fans from all over the country,” Byrnes said.

“Eric
is a natural behind the microphone, and he’s a fantastic addition to our
broadcast team,” said Kevin Straley, XM senior vice president of news,
talk, and sports programming. “As a radio host, Eric’s got the passion of
a fan and the perspective of a player who goes all-out every time he hits the
field. We cover all things baseball 365 days a year on XM, and Eric is an ideal
personality to keep fans informed and entertained during the off- season.”

Byrnes,
31, signed a three-year contract extension with the Diamondbacks in August
2007. He made his major league debut with the

Oakland A’s in 2000. After stints in
Colorado and
Baltimore,
Byrnes joined

Arizona
in 2006.