Five Clear Channel owned stations will begin simulcasting on XM Radio beginning tonight at midnight eastern time.
Channel 11 will replace CHR “Kiss” with a simulcast of CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles.
Channel 12 will replace Hot AC “Mix” with a simulcast of CHR “Z100” WHTZ New York.
Channel 13 will replace AAA “Music Summit” with a simulcast of AC “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW New York.
Channel 57 will replace Country “Nashville” with a simulcast of Country “The Big 98” 97.9 WSIX Nashville.
Channel 163 will replace South Asian “Bollywood And Beyond” with a simulcast of Urban 107.5 WGCI Chicago.
These channels will only air on XM satellite receivers and not on Sirius as part of the licensing agreement which gives Clear Channel the right to program a portion of XM’s bandwidth. Clear Channel has simulcasted KIIS, WLTW, WSIX, KHMX Houston, and WLW Cincinnati at various points in XM’s history.
Update 6/13: We’ve received quite a few complaints from former Nashville listeners in the comments and via e-mail that don’t quite understand a few things.
1) SiriusXM AND especially RadioInsight.com have no say over the content of the channels programmed by Clear Channel.
2) The Nashville Channel IS STILL available on IHeartRadio.com and its respective smartphone apps.
3) All complaints need to be directed towards Clear Channel. If they see enough demand for the channel to be brought back or for elements of Nashville to be integrated into WSIX or one of the other channels they control on XM’s platform.