Sirius XM Channel Lineups Change Dramatically Today

12 Nov

I’ve been a Sirius sub since 2005, and absolutely can’t imagine not having Sat radio in my car now. I still remember listening to a Kerry/Bush debate live on NPR, and having to hunt around the FM dial as I drove across NY into MA. Now, I can just set it on CNN and not worry about it.

With the recent Sirius/XM merger, there’s been some consolidation and switching around of the channel lineups on each service. Howard 100 and 101 are still where they belong, and XM subs can pick that up on a “best of Sirius” add-on, and also get NFL play-by-play. Likewise, hockey-mad Sirius subs can pick up the “best of XM” package and get NHL play-by-play for every game, as well as Opie & Anthony’s “Virus” radio (or the Oprah channel. To each his own).

XM and Sirius both now offer the Grateful Dead Channel, BBC1, E Street Radio, Led Zeppelin Channel, the Metropolitan Opera, and Real Jazz.

Anyhow, here’s the pdf of the new Sirius lineup, and here’s the new XM lineup.

24 Responses to “Sirius XM Channel Lineups Change Dramatically Today”

  1. Derek J. Punaro November 12, 2008 at 9:58 am #

    Real Jazz is my favorite XM channel! As long as they don’t get rid of that, I’m happy.

  2. mike hudson November 12, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    how much stock do you have in sirius, alan?

  3. Buffalopundit November 12, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    None. But at $0.25/share, now would be a good time to buy.

  4. Adam K. November 12, 2008 at 11:19 am #

    MUCH more drastic changes to XM than Sirius. Most XM music channels were replaced by slightly modified Sirius counterparts, although with a lot of XMs on air staff moving over.

    Sadly, no Disco, House Techno, Punk, or “Old-Skool” rap on the new lineups. Lots and lots of classic rock stations.

  5. mike November 12, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    I kind of agree with Hudson on this one, there are some of out here who have to decide whether to eat dog food or cat food for dinner. Must be nice too have your problems!!

  6. Scott Leffler November 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    As a former Sirius subscriber who now has XM (it was pre-installed in my Element), I’m glad to see some of my old favorite channels back. I understand that this was part one of the lineup merger … with the news/talk channel lineup changes to happen in the near future.

  7. eliz. November 12, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    My car came with xm and I love it; these seem like good additions. I didn’t think there was a punk station before, was there? I do see that the Chrome disco station is no longer on the lineup. That could be a good thing.

    Seriously (ha), I love it that there is BBC, NPR, and xm public radio to listen to wherever I am driving.

  8. Brian November 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    I only listen to 5 stations: Howard 100, CNN, Left of Center, Lithium and Alt Nation. I would have never known that anything happened if it was for this blog post.

  9. wcp November 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    Fingers crossed that the combined company survives. I need my Howard!

  10. dave-in-rocha November 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Eliz, there was a punk station on XM up until a couple months ago. It was Fungus on 54. I still miss it.

    As an XM person myself who had it primarily for the (non-classic rock) music channels, this new lineup is killing me. There is a definite drop-off in quality for the stations I listened to. I’m now wondering if I should keep the service just for the NHL channel and broadcasts.

  11. Jon Splett November 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    With how easy it is to load your entire mp3 library on your iPod, the rise of podcasts and the FCC recently opening up part of the wireless spectrum for broadband that will inevitably be used for internet radio at some point, I’d say that 25 cent a share stock could end up being a bad investment.

    Why pay a monthly fee to have someone else pick my music? Talk radio is nice I guess, but the only show I really listen to is Ron and Fez and thanks to Bittorrent, I can download those shows and catch up when I’ve got time.

  12. Derek J. Punaro November 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    Since getting XM, we’ve stopped buying music. Our tastes are too varied to buy all the music we like, so for the cost of one album a month, you get unlimited music in all genres.

  13. Mr. Pink November 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    Couldn’t imagine my mornings without Howard. After a year of Sirius, you come to really appreciate how bad local radio is. I hope the merger eventually puts the company on sound ground….25 cents is a tempting risk.

  14. Timothy Domst November 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    The punk station on Sirius has been temporarily replaced by AC/DC radio, they did the same thing for the Rolling Stones but brought back the punk rock after a while. Underground Garage plays some punk, they played the Damned last night.

  15. Adam K. November 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Punk is dead. That’s not that sad a loss for me, but I know a guy who listened to absolutely nothing else. The AC/DC station is getting replaced by…wait for it…ANOTHER CLASSIC ROCK STATION.

    I’ll miss Left of Center and Boombox. I have enjoyed 40s on 4 today a bit, although music from 4 decades before my birth can get old fast.

    I do hope the channels take on more of an XM format. I bought Sirius and almost immediately regretted picking it over XM, which had much longer no repeat policies for all of its stations.

  16. Timothy Domst November 12, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ll take dead punk over the crap that took over Left of Center, like the Decembrists. I used to listen to Left of Center when they played Gang of Four, My Bloody Valentine, The Hives, stuff like that but stopped listening over a year ago.

  17. David McClean November 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    X-country which played Americana music has been replaced with Outlaw Country, a much narrower sub-genre. X-country hosts, such as Marty Fitzpatrick and Jesse Scott,who provided minimal, but meaningful, comments on the music seem to have disapeared and been replaced by the lunatic ravings of the likes of Mojo Nixon. Example: I was introduced to Outlaw Country this evening by Nixon talking about “two boogers fucking in a snot bucket”. There may be room for this type of stuff on the dial but not at the expense of the intelligent and varied programming of X-Country.

  18. eliz November 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    I thought the ac/dc was 30 days of 24/7 ac/dc. Before that they had 30 days of 24/7 coldplay. That was strange.

    I like the met opera station and some of the others, but I’ll probably end up listening to one form or another of public radio. Like someone else said, if you want music, you can always plug in the ipod.

  19. Don November 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    I’m with David on X-Country. I listened to it constantly because of the discovery of new artists and new music on a daily basis. If I wanted to listen to truck driving music they have a trucker station. If I wanted to listen to rock, they have a dozen of those. If I wanted to listen to top 10 country, there’s that too. They took the only alternative to all of this and made a damn truck driver-rock-country station out of it, and it SUCKS.

  20. tom avery November 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    x country played on our radio 95% of the time.We were turned on to so many new upcoming artists and heard so many favorites we knew about.And there were so many good shows, Barnburners,Roadcall,texas uprising ,Smokestack,etc.The DJs were like brothers and sisters..
    Outlaw Country is a far cry from X country..Who in the hell made the decision to drop X Country for this bullshit ..

  21. Timothy Domst November 13, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    I wrote what I wrote before I saw the new lineup, and I guess they sh*tcanned the punk station altogether. Faction supposedly replaces it, but Faction was always bad before.

  22. phil caudill November 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    It was a sad day yesterday when I turned on my radio to channel 42 Liquid Metal and heard a radio friendly Iron Maiden song being played. I almost knew we had been screwed and was convinced a couple of minutes later when the squealing shouts of Jose filled the airwaves. I was afraid from the start when merger talks began that the good music would cease in the near future and it has. Being someone who started with XM then switched to Sirius when XM decided to drop Liquid Metal for a year I feel like I can speak from both sides of the channel. After just 2 weeks of Sirius I knew that they programmed nothing more than a top 40 style format. Let’s put this song in rotation and play it till evertbody’s sick of it then play it some more. That’s the way they operate. If you like hearing the same old songs hour after hour then why not save your money and just listen to commercial radio. There really isn’t much difference. Even their jazz channel would only play about 4 or 5 Miles Davis songs and that guy probably has at least 100 albums to his credit. And then there are the hosts like Jose who can’t shut up and play music. Why do they even need a “host” on the music channels. Why can’t the music just play. It’s worse than commercial radio. I remember driving home 400 miles from Albuquerque and never hearing a dj one time on the weekend and it was great. Now we are lucky to get 3 songs in a row without some useless chatter. They have completely dropped the progressive jazz channel “Beyond Jazz” and the movie soundtrack channel is off the air until January. My 3 favorite XM channels are no longer available or unlistenable to. I have 4 XM radios in vehicles and they will be disconnected by the end of the month. Then I will go back to buying cd’s and loading my ipods’. It’s sad when you have the whole musical universe at your fingertips yet you choose to not even scratch the surface. Must everything be connected to an MTV video and be popular before it can be played? Appearently Sirius thinks so. Like so much else about our lives Sirius deems it necessary to program what we listen to rather than giving us the option of hearing new material and making up our own minds whether or not we like it. After all, would you rent the same dvd everytime you went to a video store, or would you check out the same book at the library everytime you went. Well neither would I, so why should we be subjected to the same handful of songs on a daily basis? It doesn’t make sense to me. I also think they could drop a few of the redundant country, hip hop, rap, techno channels and make room for progressive jazz and what about progressive music in general. What happens to groups like Pink Floyd, King Cromson, Black Light Syndrome, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, and the list goes on and on. This music gets left out in the cold. How about combining the Stones, AC-DC, Led Zep, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and other 24 hr. single artist channels to 1 or 2 channels and use the space for other of genres of music that some might like to listen to? I could go on & on but what’s the use? I’m sure there are many others that feel as I do and I would love to see a class action lawsuit arise from this situation. Perhaps there will be a sharp drop in customers and maybe somebody will realize what a mistake they have made.

  23. B. Baxter December 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    Check out this, which XM/Sirius promised to the FCC in exchange for permission to do the merger. Did they live up to this??

    “Current XM customers will continue to receive their existing XM service, and be able to obtain select Sirius programming. Likewise, current Sirius customers will continue to receive their existing Sirius service, and be able to obtain select XM programming.”

  24. Jack December 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    This merger ruined the best blues channel on the planet. I miss my daily cup of Joe, Marshall Chess, and a few others. The xm bluesville totally SUCKS! It doesn’t even sould like blues most of the time. More like jazz or lounge lizard music. I’m cancelling my three subs tomorrow.

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