Current Music Must Be So Bad That Sirius/XM Has Resorted To 16 Holiday Channels

steve149

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Sep 26, 2011
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Oh .. and they've started playing it already ...

Turn on the joy with 16 commercial-free holiday music channels - (http://blog.siriusxm.com/turn-on-the-joy-with-15-commercial-free-holiday-music-channels-for-2018/?mi_u=5000082491117&mi_cluster=NULL86&utm_campaign=CRM_NL_BAU&utm_source=2018-11-02_NA_Content-Area-1-SP_NP-4-PRODDM184626&utm_medium=EM&ATOK=6e9aeaeb-a08a-45ab-bc91-1b21f0a45c73)

SiriusXM’s Holiday Channel Lineup

Holly (Ch. 4)

Will feature contemporary holiday hits including songs by Michael Bublé, Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, Pentatonix and Mariah Carey.
Thursday, November 1 – Friday, December 28 at 3 am ET

Holiday Traditions (Ch. 3)

Will feature traditional holiday music from the ‘40s through the ‘60s and beyond by artists such as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Burl Ives, Carpenters, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and Elvis Presley.
Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET. (Available year-long on channel 782)

Hallmark Channel’s 24/7 “Countdown to Christmas” (Ch. 70)

Voiced by one of the network’s most beloved stars, Candace Cameron-Bure, SiriusXM’s Hallmark Channel Radio will keep listeners in the holiday mood all day and all night with timeless Christmas carols and music introduced by top network talent including LeAnn Rimes, Holly Robinson Peete, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar, Kellie Pickler, and more. Hallmark Channel stars will also open up about their personal yuletide traditions, share their own favorite songs from the season, and take listeners behind the scenes of their new “Countdown to Christmas” movies.
Thursday, November 1 – Sunday, December 30 at 3 am ET

Country Christmas (Ch. 58)

Will feature traditional holiday favorites and original sounds of the season from classic country artists like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard to contemporary country stars like Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. You’ll also hear artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum and Reba McEntire.
Thursday, November 1 at 3am ET – Monday, December 3 at 3am ET on streaming-only channel 778
Monday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET on Prime Country (Ch. 58)


Holiday Soul (Ch. 49)

Will feature R&B Christmas classics from The Temptations, Charles Brown, The Jackson 5, New Edition, Whitney Houston, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, TLC, Kool & the Gang, as well as newer tracks by Fantasia, Babyface, and Toni Braxton.
Thursday, November 1 at 3am ET – Monday, December 3 at 3am ET on streaming-only channel 777
Monday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET on Soul Town (Ch. 49)


Holiday Pops (Ch. 76)

Will feature classical Christmas carols and other holiday favorites performed by the world’s most popular classical performers, including the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, The King’s Singers, Chanticleer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Sir James Galway.
Thursday, November 1 at 3am ET – Monday, December 24 at 3am ET on streaming-only channel 782
Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET on Symphony Hall (Ch. 76)


Acoustic Christmas (Ch. 14)

Will feature acoustic holiday classics from well-known singers and songwriters such as Jack Johnson, George Ezra, Norah Jones, Maroon 5, The Lumineers, Jewel and Jason Mraz.
Thursday, November 1 at 3am ET – Friday, December 14 at 3am ET on streaming-only channel 779
Friday, December 14 – Wednesday December 26 at 3am ET on The Coffee House (ch. 14)


Christmas Spirit (Ch. 63)

Will feature Christmas music and holiday favorites from contemporary Christian artists, including Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, MercyMe, for KING & COUNTRY, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, and Lauren Daigle.
Thursday, November 1 at 3am ET – Friday, December 21 at 3am ET on streaming-only channel 785
Friday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET on The Message (Ch. 63)


Mannheim Steamroller Channel (Ch. 30)

Will feature Mannheim Steamroller, who are known for their blend of symphonic music with elements of new age and rock, and modern recordings of Christmas music.
Monday, December 17 – Tuesday, December 25 3am ET

Radio Hanukkah (Ch. 77)

Will feature an extensive collection of Hanukkah-themed music, including contemporary, traditional and children’s selections as well as daily reflections and prayers related to the holiday.
Friday, November 30 at 3am ET – Tuesday, December 11 at 3am ET

New Year’s Nation (Ch. 4)

The ultimate soundtrack to New Year’s Eve parties around the country will feature the biggest, upbeat party hits from genres across SiriusXM’s music platform. Artists include Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Pitbull, Drake, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Cardi B, Imagine Dragons, and Justin Bieber.
Friday, December 28 – Wednesday, January 2 at 3am ET

70s/80s Holidays (Ch. 780)

Will feature the biggest and most familiar Christmas and holiday hits from the 70s and 80s, featuring artists Elton John, Carpenters, Paul McCartney, The Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen, Wham!, Madonna and Hall & Oates.
Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET

Rockin’ Xmas (Ch. 781)

Will feature classic Christmas songs that rock, including hits, rarities, and live tracks from AC/DC, Bon Jovi, U2, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, Bruce Springsteen, The Pretenders, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET

Holiday Chill-Out (Ch. 783)

Will feature downtempo electronic holiday music from artists like Kaskade, Lost Frequencies, DJ Style, and more.
Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET

Jazz Holidays (Ch. 784)

Will feature Christmas favorites from classic legends and contemporary jazz stars, including Ella Fitzgerald, Vince Guaraldi, Diana Krall, Joey DeFrancesco, David Benoit, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and Dave Koz.
Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26 at 3am ET

Navidad (Ch. 786)

Will feature a festive blend of contemporary and traditional classic favorites, including El Gran Combo, Héctor Lavoe, Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, Tito El Bambino, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Marco Antonio Solís, Celia Cruz, and Juanes.
Thursday, November 1 – Monday, January 7 at 3am ET
 
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Ausumm

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At least with Sirius...you have the choice to listen to a different channel.
When ALL the local radio stations are in a battle to see who can start playing Xmas music the earliest...
we have to deal with 4 or 5 stations playing it 24/7 starting in mid November.
 
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Jeff Romard

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The AM station I do weekdays on goes all Christmas December 1. It's cute the first few day after that you want to hang yourself
 

steve149

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The AM station I do weekdays on goes all Christmas December 1. It's cute the first few day after that you want to hang yourself
Dec 1 is OK for me ... November 1 is a bit premature ...
 
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steve149

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DJ Bobcat

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Mine isn't ... the crap I listened to between 12 and 18 went out the door when I went to college. I listened to an eclectic mix after high school and fundamentally changed my musical tastes.
Same here... I don’t hate the music I listened to at 13-14, but it’s not what I choose to listen to today. I think that’s what allows us to be good DJ’s... Most of us are not STUCK on one particular era or style of music. I’m always looking for something new and different to play. However, when I hear those songs of the mid 60’s, I DO kinda have flash-backs.
 

steve149

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Sep 26, 2011
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Prospect, CT
I enjoy some of those channels during the holidays. Keeps the holiday spirit alive during the holidays around the house.
I love holiday music .. but there should be a penalty of death when played before Thanksgiving .. :)
 

azdeejay

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The AM station I do weekdays on goes all Christmas December 1. It's cute the first few day after that you want to hang yourself
KEZ(with a S in there) 99.9 goes all Christmas on the 9th, of , wait for it.............Nov, in just a few days. They used to wait till Thanksgiving day I think, jeebus.
99.9 KEZ Announces They Will Flip To Christmas Music This Friday November 9th! | #KEZChristmas | 99.9 KEZ - (https://kez999.iheart.com/featured/kez-christmas/content/2018-11-06-999-kez-will-flip-to-christmas-music-this-friday-november-9th/)
 
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adj2ent

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Oct 20, 2006
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I just dropped XM the beginning of the month. I just can't justify the cost. My old TL had lifetime XM and when I replaced it the new SUV with so many more ways to listen to music. Between, the stick, Pandora, Apple Music & I Heart radio I was listening to XM much less & the songs repeated too often.
I used to like listening to the holiday music when I was doing the corporate holiday parties. I loved searching for all kinds of jazzy, ethnic & different holiday I needed for events. Now I think I only really play the holiday music right near Xmas. Really it's my son who usually puts on the holiday music now.
 

ittigger

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Feb 1, 2011
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I dropped XM as well - I'm not in the vehicles enough to justify paying for it - and half the time I'm listening to the stuff from the pools or the radio anyways.
 
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Handinon

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Just bought the wife a Kia Optima which (like everything else these days) comes stock with a full infomation system. I do like the "Take Me Home" feature (basically, your house is a GPS Waypoint), but so far, the free Sirius Trial has me completely unimpressed.
 
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azdeejay

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We had it for a few years when got out Altima in 2015, we werent that impressed with it either, the only channel I listened too was the 90's On The 9, I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

Our oldies station here ( by oldies I mean 80's) Kool -FM started playing Christmas music early last week, jeebus.
 
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Proformance

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Nov 6, 2006
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Current music does suck. A lot of current TV sucks to. I think we can sum it up best by admitting that as consumers we have allowed creative art to be replaced by expediant click bait.
 
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