Radio Oprah comes to satellite

NEW YORK (AP) - Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is launching her own channel, Oprah and Friends, today on XM Satellite Radio.

Shows on the channel will be hosted by her and a collection of popular personalities from her television show.

Hosts include her best friend, Gayle King, fitness expert Bob Greene and renowned poet Maya Angelou.

The station will broadcast 24 hours day, with highlights of the shows replayed every weekend.

Guests set for the first few weeks of programming include actresses Annette Bening and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, rocker Jon Bon Jovi, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Winfrey will co-host a show with King, dubbed "The Oprah and Gayle Show," on which they discuss the latest news and gossip. The two have known each other for 30 years.

Other shows will focus on finance, style, relationships and spiritual wisdom.

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