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Bob Dylan to host XM satellite radio show

Legendary musician will hand-pick music for weekly show
/ Source: Reuters

Bob Dylan will start a new career as a radio DJ when he launches a new weekly music show on XM Satellite Radio next March.

The station said on Tuesday the show would feature music hand-picked by Dylan, writer of some of the enduring classics of popular music since the 1960s such as “Mr Tambourine Man,” ”Like a Rolling Stone” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

“Dylan will offer regular commentary on music and other topics, host and interview special guests including other artists and will take emails from XM subscribers,” XM said.

Now 64, Dylan’s anti-establishment folk songs were the anthems of a generation and he has released over 44 albums in a career spanning more than four decades.

“Songs and music have always inspired me. A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I’ve ever been on the other side of the mic,” Dylan said in a statement.

His memoir “Chronicles Vol. 1,” published in Oct. 2004, was a best-seller in the United States.

XM Satellite and its main rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. are battling for supremacy in the nascent market for subscription radio and both have been luring high profile names to their stables to boost their profiles.

XM says it has more than 5 million subscribers.