SiriusXM subscription satellite radio has revamped some of its many channels and added new formats. The new features of the service are:
The spot of the 10s: It’s available on Channel 11, which is obviously a decision made in the same spirit of genius as putting Hits One on Channel 2. The pop hits of the 2010s, about a year or two. This is the place to find Drake, Fall Out Boy, Lada Gaga, Coldplay and Lukas Graham
Mosaic: It’s on Channel 15 and plays pop hits from the 1990s and 2000s. Think Nickelback, Matchbox 20, Kelly Clarkson, Hootie and the Blowfish, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Cheryl Crow.
The changes include:
The pulse: When it was first released, this music was playing from the 90s and 2000s, but it is now one of the best contemporary adult formats in the world. He moved to Channel 5 from his old home on Channel 15.
Coffee: These acoustic versions of current and past hits are now on Channel 6. My wife loves this station. I can not support it.
Fifty on the 5th: It is now known as the ’50s Gold and airs on Channel 72. The music is early rock’ n ‘roll with a few doo-wop hits mixed in.
Sixties out of 6: This was renamed to 60s Gold and is now on Channel 73. This is the place to find Shotgun Tom Kelly playing the oldie hits every afternoon. It is worth logging in even if the new channel number is equivalent to being in Siberia.
Seriously Sinatra: This plays, well, Sinatra, with Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and other crooners. He moved to Channel 70 from his old home at 71.
On Broadway: These are just show tunes, and they’ve been moved to channel 72 from its old location at 77, pushing Kids Bop to channel 79.
In addition, the movements made a few stations disappear: now only available as a streaming station through the SiriusXM app is Love. It’s a shame because it was a decent channel when you wanted sweet Love Songs-like hits on KOST (103.5 FM) or the old Pillow Talk program as once heard on KFI (640 AM). 40s Junction is also reserved for apps at the moment, although it will return to Channel 71 once the holiday channels are filled in January.
Did I say vacation chains? Yes I did it. There are more channels than you can hear: Traditional Favorite Channels, Contemporary Holiday Hits, Country Christmas, Holiday Soul, Contemporary Christian, Holiday Pops and more. I have 17 different holiday music channels including Rockin ‘Xmas, a channel that plays Christmas rock, live tracks, and new hits.
They must have stolen that last idea from me because I still have “The Best Christmas Tape” I made to play on the PA system when I was working at the old Sears Surplus store in San Pedro. It included the same type of rock, novelty, and comedy-themed songs. Though come to think of it, I included some traditional favorites as well, so it was even more global.
More information on all the different holiday music channels at SiriusXM.com.
My wife and I recently took a road trip to the San Luis Obispo area to, among other things, do the obvious: taste the wine. Usually I play the songs on my iPhone or something on SiriusXM on trips like this. But I need to update my playlist and I was afraid I would have to listen to the Coffee House, so when she wasn’t careful I used the myTunerRadio app on my phone to listen to WION, a station that broadcasts from Ionia, Michigan.
It’s an AM station that broadcasts a mix of old timers and what you might call adult hits, with one difference. The playlist includes songs that you haven’t heard in a long time and forgot that you liked.
They also broadcast to local audiences in AM stereo, an analog system that sounds fabulous. In fact, it sounds so good that the feed you hear from them online and through apps like myTunerRadio doesn’t come from the studio like most station feeds. Instead, they use an AM stereo tuner to pick up the station over the air and use it to feed the stream.
This is an interesting idea for several reasons. The obvious is that this is a successful AM station that plays music, which I think would bring listeners back to AM. But it also sheds light once again on what I really think could be the future of radio: online listening. We heard the station all the way from north Ventura to San Luis Obispo – in good fidelity, with no interference from power lines, and no loss of signal from hills or mountains.
Regardless of the possible future of radio, the songs played by WION made driving very enjoyable. Listen to it and see what you think. See the resort’s website at i1430.com.