SiriusXM to Broadcast Exclusive Town Hall Event with Original Cast Members
from the Groundbreaking TV Mini-Series Roots
LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, and Louis Gossett, Jr., to sit down with SiriusXM
listeners for an intimate, live Q&A session
Hosted by Joe Madison, SiriusXM's 'Roots' Town Hall, commemorates the
beginning of Black History Month
NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013
NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI)
announced today that original cast members from Roots, the groundbreaking
television mini-series, will participate in an upcoming installment of
SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series. LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, and Louis
Gossett, Jr. will sit down for a Q&A session with a select group of SiriusXM
listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.
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Hosted by longtime civil rights activist and SiriusXM host Joe Madison,
"SiriusXM's Roots Town Hall" will commemorate the start of Black History
Month. Madison is the host of a live, daily call-in show about politics and
social activism on SiriusXM's African-American talk channel, The Power.
"SiriusXM's Roots Town Hall" will air live Tuesday, February 5 at 2:00 pm on
The Power, channel 128. Throughout the hour-long special, Burton, Uggams, and
Gossett will take questions from audience members, and reflect on what it was
like to break ground as black actors in the 1970s and how their experience
compares to working in television today.
The special replays on SiriusXM The Power channel 128 on February 5 at 4:00
pm, 8:00 pm, and 12:00 am; February 8 at 4:00 pm; February 9 at 2:00 pm, 6:00
pm, and 9:00 pm; and Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 am and 10:00 pm and on
SiriusXM Stars channel 107 February 9 at 6:00 pm and February 10 at 12:00 pm.
All times are ET.
"Roots made television history when it originally aired in 1977, and its
cultural impact and influence remain powerful today," said Scott Greenstein,
President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are excited to have
members of the original cast of Roots in our studios with a live audience.
Joe Madison's dedication to civil rights and social issues and his ability to
put history into context for a wide audience of all people makes him the ideal
host for this special event."
After the broadcast, "SiriusXM's Roots Town Hall" will be available on
SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio
App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online atsiriusxm.com.
Visitwww.siriusxm.com/ondemandfor more information.
"SiriusXM's Roots Town Hall" with LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, and Louis
Gossett, Jr., is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series featuring intimate
gatherings with iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with a studio
audience of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM "Town Hall" specials have
featured Bruce Springsteen, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Carol Burnett, Tom Petty,
KISS, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters, the surviving members of Nirvana,
Renee Fleming, Gregg Allman, Usher, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and
Check out video clips and learn more about SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series at
Joe Madison, "The Black Eagle," is a human and civil rights activist,
abolitionist against slavery in Southern Sudan, television commentator,
columnist, lecturer, labor and corporate spokesman, musician and athlete. He
is the former executive director of the Detroit NAACP and was later named
director of the national NAACP political action department. Madison's live,
daily, call-in show airs weekdays from 6:00 - 10:00 am ET on The Power.
LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams and Louis Gossett Jr., and Ben Vereen will be
appearing in an upcoming episode of Pioneers of Television, PBS' Emmy®
Award-nominated series that brings to life the stories of television's most
beloved stars.The premiere of "Miniseries," the final installment of the PBS
series "Pioneers of Television," airs Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00 pm ET (check
local listings). For more information, visit
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