Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Beatles-backed radio channel


First ever Beatles-backed radio channel to feature exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of The Fab Four! The Beatles Channel launch to be celebrated with SiriusXM's free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive satellite radios

Press release: SiriusXM is pleased to announce The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18.

Celebrating popular music’s most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band. The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

“We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.”

The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:

Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado, Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.

A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.

My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.

Beatle Bites: A daily “name the song” quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.

Dedicated Phone: # 844-999-BEATLES, for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.

The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.

Peter Asher: From Me To You: He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.

Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.

Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.

Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.



Read more at http://blog.siriusxm.com

The radio station is probably not going to be available anywhere in the whole wide world (except in the USA).

8 comments:

CCRider said...

The Fab Fourum. Really.

Roger Stormo said...

Oh, they've been operating for years. FabFourum.com

CCRider said...

But that's why I made the comment. They don't mention the name of any of these guys. I thought it was someone else using the same name.

dps said...

They will screw this up. The limited "McCartney Radio" was terrible. Here's the kiss of death: "...a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans." Who will be listening to this station regularly except die-hards? Guarantee every time I tune in "She Loves You" will be blaring.

Roger Stormo said...

CCRider: Sorry, I thought they were the same. I have now researched and the real Fab Fourum are aware of the situation and are taking the necessary steps as it is their legal corporation.

CrackinThunder said...

There are so many good cuts from the Fabs after they split that many Beatle fans never heard before. I hope they dig deep in the post Beatle catalog. If they never play Lennon's "Going Down on Love" or Harrison's "Someplace Else" or "Your Love Is Forever", I will know they have failed.

James Peet said...

The next phase in the Americanisation of the Beatles. I wonder if, in a few decades' time whether the fact they were from Liverpool, England will be airbrushed from their history.

Oh well, it's the future. Providing Trump doesn't take that away from us.

Brian Fried said...

Sirius is plugging this like mad. I've heard quick promos on multiple channels — including ones where The Beatles would not be played normally (like First Wave).

What bothered me is that they claim it's the first channel in the world for The Beatles. There are Internet radio channels that do this already!