SiriusXM Makes Lineup Changes

SiriusXM 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 ...[Read More]

Opie Out At SiriusXM

After thirteen years, the Opie era is over at SiriusXM. As first reported this morning by The Interrobang, Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes has been terminated by SiriusXM for an undisclosed infraction. SiriusXM released a brief statement confirming the end of Hughes’ employment: “SiriusXM confirms it has terminated its relationship with Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes, host of the ‘Opie Radio Show’ weekday afternoons on the Faction Talk channel. SiriusXM does not publicly discuss internal personnel issues.” Opie released a brief statement on twitter claiming he had no idea what was going on, while regular guest Sherrod Small confirmed the show was out. Unconfirmed rumors claim that the firing came after Hughes filmed a coworker in the bathroom without consent. Sorry, but I can honest...[Read More]

SiriusXM Launches The Beatles Channel

SiriusXM will debut a new permanent 24/7 single artist channel on May 18 with the launch of The Beatles Channel. Launching at 9:09am, the channel will feature programming produced in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. The channel will focus exclusively on music produced by the band and its four members other projects. Among the programs to be heard on the channel will be: Breakfast with The Beatles – A morning show hosted by musician Chris Carter My Fab Four – A daily guest DJ show playing their four favorite Beatles songs The Fab Fourum – A weekly call-in show hosted by Dennis Elsas, author Bill Flanagan and panelists SiriusXM is pleased to announce The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 1...[Read More]

SiriusXM Relaunches Opie Radio As Faction Talk

Following the talent shuffle last fall that saw Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes bumped off of his morning show with Jim Norton, SiriusXM is rebranding XM 103/Sirius 206 as “Faction Talk” as it moves Jason Ellis’ show from Punk Rock/Action Sports “Faction” channel 41 starting Monday, January 23. Jim Norton and Sam Roberts’ morning show will remain in place from 8-11am eastern as will The Opie Show from 3-6pm. Ellis, who currently is heard on Faction from 10am-1pm eastern (and replays at 4-7pm), will move to 11am-3pm. Today SiriusXM announced the debut of Faction Talk, an unpredictable and provocative channel inspired by its punk-infused sister channel, the music and sports-focused Faction (ch. 41). Faction Talk will debut on January 23 on Sirius channel 2...[Read More]

SiriusXM Sets Broad Channel Update For August 13

SiriusXM is making its next lineup update on August 13 that will see an eventual seven new brands launch on the service. The new channels being added to both the Sirius and XM receiver platforms are: Channel 13 Velvet – contemporary pop vocalists such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Celine Dion, Susan Boyle, Harry Connick, Jr., Il Divo, Adele, and the cast of Glee. Channel 18 Road Trip Radio – a new limited-run channel that will make you want to drive with your windows down! Road Trip Radio features a mix of music from The Rolling Stones to Pharrell Williams, Kenny Loggins to Florida Georgia Line, Janet Jackson to The Beach Boys, and many more Channel 47 Fly – Hip-Hop and R&B from the ’90s and 2000s, from Mary J. Blige & Outkast to Aaliyah ...[Read More]

SiriusXM Announces Holiday Music Plans

SiriusXM has announced it will begin rolling out is holiday music channels with the launch of Holly (Channel 17) and Holiday Traditions (Sirius 147/XM 43) on Tuesday, November 11. Those will be accompanied by Country Christmas (Channel 58) and Navidad (Online 785) on December 2, Radio Hanukkah (Channel 68) on December 16, Holiday Soul (Channel 49) on December 19, and Holiday Pops (Channel 76) on December 24. SiriusXM today announced its holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season. SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classical Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music. SiriusXM’s commercial-free holida...[Read More]

Stephen A. Smith Moves To SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is moving his daily radio show from “ESPN New York” 98.7 WEPN to SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio” Channel 85. The new program will debut on Tuesday, September 2 and be produced by ESPN for SiriusXM. Smith will continue to appear on ESPN2’s “First Take” and other ESPN properties. The possibility of the move by Smith from WEPN-FM to SiriusXM was first reported by The New York Daily News in late July. ESPN and SiriusXM have reached an agreement for ESPN to produce The Stephen A. Smith Show exclusively for SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 85. The two-hour daily program will debut on satellite radio on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. ET. The show will be produced and broadcast from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol. &...[Read More]

Opie & Jim Norton Discuss Anthony Cumia’s Firing

SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton returned from vacation for their first show following the firing of co-host Anthony Cumia from the “Opie & Anthony” show. Opie commented that he thought that the entire show was gone the moment he saw Cumia’s tweets. I read Ant’s tweets. And I said to myself I swear to you I said, Oh my God, we’re fired. That needs to be said. There was just something different about it. I’m like oh my God, we’re fired. Cause I think it was just the amount of tweets that he did and they were harsh. I mean they were absolutely were harsh and I understand why cause he was really mad at what had happened. But I knew in my gut that this is not going to go well. We work for a company for as much as we bitch they give us a lot of...[Read More]

SiriusXM Sets Channel Revamp For July 17

SiriusXM is realigning portions of its channel lineup on Thursday, July 17 as it adds three new music formats and drops three existing channels from the satellite lineup. “20on20” will be replaced on Channel 3 by “Venus“. The new station will focus on Rhythmic pop hits from the 21st Century with core artists including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Black Eyed Peas. Moving from their internet only package to Channel 55 is “Utopia“. The format focuses on Dance Hits from the 90s and 2000s including Cascada, Daft Punk, Deborah Cox, Fatboy Slim, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Robyn. Added on Channel 57 is “Y2Kountry“. The channel will feature Country hits from the 2000s. In addition to “20on20“, ...[Read More]

Art Bell Quits SiriusXM

Just a few weeks after returning to radio via SiriusXM, Art Bell is departing his show. Bell discussed on his last show that he was unhappy with Sirius’ mobile streaming and wanted permission to stream his show on his site for free. That goes against SiriusXM’s business model and had no chance of being accepted. In response, Bell posted on Facebook today, Sometimes when you are “all in” you win, sometimes lose. By mutual agreement, Dark Matter will no longer air as of tonight. That Facebook page has since been deleted as well. Statement from Art Bell via e-mail: — Art Bell Sirius XM (@ArtBellXM) November 5, 2013 Bell began airing on SiriusXM’s “Indie 104” channel on September 16.

SiriusXM To Raise Rates

During its Q3 earnings announcement today, SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer revealed that the service will raise its monthly subscription rate by 50 cents in the first quarter of 2014. SiriusXM previously raised its monthly rates in January 2012 from $12.95 to $14.49. The company will also be adding a premium $5.99 a month Latino package on February 15. The company will begin to notify subscribers of the rate increase next week.

SiriusXM Adjusting Lineup: Z100/KIIS-FM Come To Sirius

SiriusXM will make some adjustments to its channel lineup on Friday, October 18. Most of the changes are related to the XM channels programmed by Clear Channel dating back to the launch of the service in 2001. Nine of the eleven Clear Channel produced channels will depart the service: WLTW New York (Ch. 13), WSIX Nashville (Ch. 57), WGCI Chicago (Ch. 241), Sixx Sense (Ch. 242), Extreme Talk (Ch. 243), America’s Talk (Ch. 244), Reach MD (Ch. 245), Talk Radio (Ch. 246), and Fox Sports Radio (Ch. 247). For the channels that were not already available on IHeartRadio such as ReachMD and Extreme Talk, Clear Channel has added those channels to its streaming service. The other two of the CC programmed channels, simulcasts of CHR’s WHTZ New York (Ch. 11) and KIIS-FM Los Angeles (Ch. 12)...[Read More]