JOHN MARKS NAMED SENIOR DIRECTOR, COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAMMING AT SIRIUS XM RADIO

JOHN MARKS NAMED SENIOR DIRECTOR, COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAMMING AT SIRIUS XM RADIO

SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it has named John Marks as Senior Director, Country Music Programming.

Marks will be responsible for overseeing the company’s five commercial-free country music channels, plus Elvis Radio, The Village, Bluegrass Junction and two Christian music channels on SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service and the Internet. Marks, who will report to Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, will begin August 2, 2010 and will be based out of the company’s Nashville studios.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the SIRIUS XM team,” said Steve Blatter. “His years of leadership, programming creativity and passion for country music will further enhance the listening experience for our millions of subscribers across our national platform.”

“I’m  eager to work on a more broad spectrum  of country music through the many channels available on SIRIUS XM,” said John Marks.  “I’m also looking forward to representing the SIRIUS XM brand s of country music to the Nashville music community.”

Marks was previously the Program Director for KSON, the leading country music station in San Diego, California.