“We’re shuffling a few things around to make room for even more great content.”
That’s how the SiriusXM Listener Care center explains a significant realignment of some of its music channels — a move that will put an end to its “50s on 5” and “60s on 6” channels with their relocation far up the channel lineup.
At the same time, “SiriusXM Love” is coming off the satellite radio dial.
The changes take place on Wednesday, November 3. “Same awesome programming, different home,” SiriusXM says.
Yet, that’s not entirely true, as SiriusXM Love will become an online-only offering, at Channel 708.
Meanwhile, a flurry of channel shifts are set to occur, as follows:
- The Pulse: Ch. 5 (formerly 15)
- The Coffee House: Ch. 6 (formerly 14)
- Siriusly Sinatra: Ch. 70 (formerly 71)
- 40s Junction: Ch. 71 (formerly 73)
- On Broadway: Ch. 77 (formerly 72)
- Kidz Bop: Ch. 79 (formerly 77)
However, the biggest move will see the 50s tunes rebranded as “50s Gold,” taking Channel 72. The 60s, with veteran hosts “Shotgun” Tom Kelly and Pat St. John alongside Dave Hoeffel as air personalities, will be branded as “60s Gold,” taking Channel 73.
The “70s on 7” remains on Channel 7; corresponding decade-specific channels remain on Channels 8-11.
There is more: a user blog offers an unconfirmed report that the new lineup will see NBC Sports Audio take channel 85; Caliente: 151; CBS Sports Radio: 158; and SportsGrid: 159. This could not be confirmed as of Thursday evening, Pacific time.
Channel presets on Sirius XM radios should automatically change, the satellite radio company says.
The biggest unanswered question: Where’s the “even more great content” tied to the channel shifts?
SiriusXM was mum as of Thursday evening (10/28).