SiriusXM Makes Lineup Changes

SiriusXM Channel Changes Garth Brooks UtopiaSiriusXM has announced that it will debut two new music formats as part of a lineup revamp on Thursday, August 17.

PopRocks will debut on Channel 17 featuring pop rock from the ’90s and 2000s, including The Killers, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, No Doubt and Matchbox 20.

Turbo is upgraded from the SiriusXM Online service to Channel 41 with hard rock from the 1990s and early 2000s from artists such as Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, Godsmack, System Of A Down, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit and Disturbed. Channel 41 was previously Punk “Faction“, but currently home to Guns ‘N Roses Radio. Faction’s music programming will move to the online channel 314. The Talk part of the channel including the Jason Ellis Show was merged into the former Opie & Anthony Channel last year as “Faction Talk“.

The Limited Edition formats will move from Channel 13 to Channel 4 and has been renamed Spotlight with Carolina Shag Radio continuing to run through September 6.

Sirius XM Love, which had been on Channel 17, will move to 70 but continue to host the Yacht Rock Radio limited edition format until 9/6.

Pitbull’s Globalization Rhythmic Hits channel moves from 4 to 13.

BB King’s Bluesville moves from 70 to 74.

Met Opera Radio from 74 to 75.

CNN en Español (155) and Tiesto’s Club Life Radio (340) have been removed from the satellite lineup.

NBC Sports Radio is given a fulltime home on channel 205.

SiriusXM announced today that it will expand its extensive and industry-leading lineup of commercial-free music channels with the launch of two channels: Turbo and PopRocks. These full-time music channels will launch on August 17 on SiriusXM’s satellite platform available to more than 32 million subscribers.

First incubated online on SiriusXM’s streaming platform, Turbo and newcomer PopRocks will be curated by SiriusXM’s critically acclaimed music programming team. Turbo (channel 41) showcases hard rock from the 1990s and early 2000s from artists such as Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, Godsmack, System Of A Down, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit and Disturbed. PopRocks (channel 17) will present pop rock from the ’90s and 2000s, including The Killers, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, No Doubt and Matchbox 20.

These new channels are the latest examples of SiriusXM developing and introducing unique audio formats not heard on traditional radio. Formats originated and unique to SiriusXM include The Coffee House (singer-songwriter and acoustic versions); Lithium (grunge rock and ’90s alternative); Chill (downtempo electronic and deep house); Pop2k (pop hits from the 2000s); Y2Kountry (country hits from the 2000s); and FLY (hip-hop and R&B from ‘the 90s and 2000s).

SiriusXM continues to incubate new music channels on its online streaming platform, including The Emo Project (emo, screamo and pop punk) and Indie 1.0 (first generation of Indie Rock), which launches online on August 17.

“Our diverse lineup of commercial-free music channels continues to evolve to match the ever-changing tastes of our subscribers. We received tremendous feedback about our Turbo channel when it was available online and we are thrilled to introduce PopRocks to SiriusXM listeners across North America,” said Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM.

SiriusXM recently announced that its 200+ channels are now also available for streaming to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AmazonAlexa to learn more.

For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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