Former RAMONES drummer Marky will become a Sirius Satellite Radio host on Tuesday, October 4 with the launch of "Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg".
The new weekly, two-hour show will feature punk music from its inception through its current incarnations, and will be heard live each Tuesday on commercial-free Sirius music channel Faction 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. The show will be re-broadcast on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight ET on Sirius Disorder 24.
"I've certainly been a radio guest many times, but now I get to do something I've always wanted to do — be a radio DJ," said Marky in a statement. "I'm going to play the music I love, and the opportunity to do it on Sirius is fantastic," he said, adding that he wants the show to feature live, rare and archival RAMONES material in addition to some of the music that influenced the legendary band, such as the British invasion of the 1960s, as well as classic and contemporary punk, live in-studio guests and calls from listeners.
Marky joined the RAMONES in 1978 and continued with them until 1983, returning to the lineup four years later, and remaining in the band until they disbanded in 1996. Starting in 1987, Marky shot more than 400 hours of video of the RAMONES, some of which appears in the definitive RAMONES home video released in 2004, "Ramones Raw". Today he tours the world playing RAMONES music as MARKY RAMONE & FRIENDS. He's been working on a video of live RAMONES shows, due from Warner Brothers in April 2006, which will be followed by the publication of his autobiographical book, "Faith in the Backbeat", next summer. He is also involved in the development of a movie and a play about the RAMONES.