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XM Satellite Radio Reshapes 100-Channel Lineup Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 July 2002
XM Satellite Radio has just announced they are reshaping their 100-channel lineup, adding channels for neo-soul, books & drama, old-time radio dramas, folk music, easy listening and will be adding their first premium channel, Playboy Radio. The changes were made based on feedback from the estimated 137,000 XM subscribers. Some of the new channels that launch August 26, 2002 include: The Flow (ch. 61) -- The nation's first dedicated Neo-Soul channel focuses on artists fusing the best of today's R&B, jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul. Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Tweet and Macy Gray.

The City (ch. 67) -- The latest hip-hop and R&B hits from artists like Jay-Z, Usher, Ludacris and Missy Elliot.

The System (ch. 82) -- A mind-altering electronica mix with trance anthems, big beat, breakbeat and down-tempos. The Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, The Crystal Method and Fatboy Slim.

Sonic Theater (ch. 163) -- Audio books and radio dramas for all tastes.

RadioClassics (ch. 164) -- Relive the magic from the Golden Age of Radio. The Shadow, Abbott & Costello, Dragnet and The Lone Ranger.
The channel is produced in partnership with MediaBay, Inc.

The Village (ch. 15) -- A celebration of folk music. Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger and The Chieftains.

Sunny (ch. 24) -- Easy listening instrumental and vocal favorites creating the most soothing sounds of your day. Percy Faith, Roger Williams, Barbra Streisand and Herb Alpert.

Nashville! (ch. 11) -- The top hits from today's platinum country stars. Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn, Randy Travis and Alan Jackson.

Playboy Radio (ch. 205) -- This adult entertainment premium channel, available for an additional $2.99 per month, will debut on XM on Sept. 3, 2002. For a limited time, a one-time transaction fee of $4.99 will be waived for current subscribers who wish to add XM's Playboy Radio premium service, which is only available upon request by the XM account owner.

In order to make room for this exciting new programming, Open Road will move from ch. 168 to ch. 171 and XM will no longer carry Club 82 (ch. 82), C-Wave (ch. 105), Highway 15 (ch. 15), Lite (ch. 24), Radio Taj (ch. 104), WSIX (ch. 11) and XM News (ch. 120).

XM's channel lineup is grouped into different categories (e.g., Rock, Country, News). XM is re-categorizing the following channels and adding a new category as well:

* On the Rocks (ch. 33) will move from Hits to Jazz & Blues (ch. 76).
* Ethel (ch. 34) will move from Hits to Rock (ch. 47).
* Fine Tuning (ch. 111) will move from Classical to World (ch. 104).
* ABC News & Talk (ch. 164) will move from Variety to News (ch. 124).
* The Torch (ch. 31) and The Fish (ch. 32) will move into a new "Christian" music category.

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