Correction to This Article
A Names & Faces item in the July 31 Style section incorrectly said that Howard Stern will move to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2007. The move is scheduled for January 2006.

NAMES & FACES

(By Franco Greco -- Keystone Via Associated Press)

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Local shock jocks Ron and Fez will take their show to XM Satellite Radio, according to the network. Beginning Sept. 12, they will broadcast weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on XM Channel 202, High Voltage.

"It should come as no surprise that Ron and Fez are making the jump," Eric Logan , XM's executive vice president of programming, said in a statement. "High Voltage is a perfect place for them to do what they do best."

The network plans an official announcement tomorrow.

Ron Bennington and Fez Whatley began broadcasting together in Florida in the mid-'90s before coming to Washington. Their show airs weeknights on WJFK (106.7-FM), which is home to "The Don and Mike Show." WJFK also carries Howard Stern 's syndicated program. Stern made waves last October when he announced plans to move to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2007 for $500 million, saying the decision was a response to censorship by the Federal Communications Commission. The content of satellite programs is not regulated by the agency.

Details of Ron and Fez's deal with XM were not available, but the duo will appear on the network's "Opie and Anthony" show Aug. 9 for a Q&A.

"It was a mutual decision. We appreciate their contributions to WJFK and we wish them well," said Michael Hughes , senior vice president and general manager of WJFK.

Honoring Ray Charles

The late soul singer Ray Charles will have a Los Angeles post office renamed for him. The building is near the recording studio where Charles produced "Georgia on My Mind" and his posthumous Grammy-winning album, "Genius Loves Company."

Earlier this month, President Bush signed a bill to change the name of the post office to honor the musician, who died last year at age 73.

"Ray Charles was a giant among artistic giants," Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.), who wrote the bill, said Friday. "It is my hope that the Ray Charles Post Office will be only the first of many posthumous honors for this great American treasure."

An official naming ceremony is scheduled for next month.

Off the Block

Jennifer Aniston 's high school boyfriend Michael Baron i has canceled an eBay auction of keepsakes from their 1984 romance, including a makeshift birthday card the future star wrote on toilet paper. Other goods that had been slated for sale included a piece of paper with Aniston's phone number written in lipstick, and a photo of the pair hugging.

Apparently Baroni, now a California lawyer, changed his mind after talking with a rep for the actress. "I have voluntarily canceled the eBay auction upon receiving word from one of Jennifer's representatives that she didn't want me conducting the auction," Baroni said Friday. "I have nothing but fond memories of Jennifer as a friend and only wish her well."


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