XM Begins Operations

September 26, 2001

Washington - Sep 25 - XM Satellite Radio officially launched the first U.S. digital satellite radio service featuring 100 coast-to-coast, digital channels of music and information.

XM's programming lineup features 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free, and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment including 13 premiere news channels covering the latest national, world and financial developments. People for the first time will be able to receive on the radio the diverse selection of 24-hour news sources that they're used to getting at home on cable and DirecTV.

XM had originally scheduled its commercial launch for Sept. 12 but postponed it following the tragic events in New York and Washington.

XM has also launched service in its two lead markets, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego, covering 8 million people. XM had activated several hundred customers in those markets since postponing its original launch.

In three weeks, XM's rollout expands to the entire Southwest United States, including such major cities as Los Angeles, Denver and Houston; and to the entire Southeast, including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans, covering a combined 136 million people. In November, XM expands across the rest of the country. XM had originally planned to launch the Southeast in the final phase of its national rollout, but was able to accelerate launch of that region into October.

The launch included 71 songs representing the spirit and passion of each of its music channels.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001, was not only the launch date of XM but is also the birthday for 71 XM music channels. Thus, each disc jockey and music director was tasked with identifying that one song that summarized the spirit and passion of their respective channel. The list is as follows:
Channel Song Artist
40's Sunny Side of the Street Tommy Dorsey
50's Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley
60's Revolution Beatles
70's Space Oddity David Bowie
8o's Radio GAGA Queen
90's O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
America God Bless the U.S.A. Lee Greenwood
WSIX XM It's A Great Day to Be Alive Travis Tritt
X Country I'm Country Trent Summar
Hank's Place Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams
Bluegrass Junction Steam Powered Aeroplane John Hartford
Highway 15 Only In America Brooks & Dunn
20 on 20 I'm Real Jennifer Lopez
KISS XM Drive Incubus
MIX XM Follow Me Uncle Kracker
Heart Power of Love Celine Dion
LITE XM Against All Odds Collins/Carey
MTV Radio Music Madonna
VHI Radio Beautiful Day U2
Cinemagic Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
On Broadway Circle of Life Lion King
U-POP Rock DJ Robbie Williams
Special X The Adventures of Greggery Peccary Frank Zappa
Torch Minuteman Stavescare
Fish Gather at the Rive Point of Grace
On the Rocks That Old Black Magic Louis Prima & Keeley Smith
Ethel History Repeating Propellerhead w/Shirley Bassey
Deep Tracks Brave New World Steve Miller
Boneyard Hello America Def Leppard
XMLM Liberate Slipknot
XMU The Mind KRS-1
Fred Radio Clash The Clash
XM Cafe Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Top Tracks Born In the USA Bruce Springsteen
Loft World in Changes Dave Mason
XM Music Lab The Return of Sathington Willoughby Primus
Unsigned You're Electric Marnie Ann
Soul Street National Anthem (NBA Performance) Marvin Gaye
Flow Rock the Boat Aaliyah
BET Uptown Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFaddin & Whitehead
Spirit Purpose Jeff Major
Groove Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire
The Rhyme Beats to the Rhyme Run-DMC
Raw All-Cities Mix of Petey Pablo's Raise Up
Real Jazz What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Watercolors Can You Hear Me? The Jazzmasters
Beyond Jazz Here to Stay Pat Metheney
Frank's Place I've Got the World on a String Frank Sinatra
Bluesville Why I Sing the Blues BB King
Luna Luna de Fiesta Jose Luis Encinas
Move Blackout Lil' Louis & The World
BPM Music Sounds Better Stardust
Club 82 Hot Music Pal Joey
Chrome Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band
Aguila El Ray Vicente Fernandez
Caricia Abrazame Muy Fuerte Juan Gabriel
Vibra Nostalgia El Tria
Tejano Las Nubas Little Joey y La Familia
Caliente Guatanemero Perez Prado
World Zone Field of Gold Daughters of the Celtic Moon
The Joint One Love Bob Marley
Ngoma Magic System Premier Grou
Audiovisions Within You Without You Angels of Venice
Taj Mitwa Lagaan
C-Wave I Believe Art Rene Lau
XM Classics Consecration of the House Overture Beethoven
Fine Tuning Turn Me On Rotary Connection
Vox An Die Musik Schubert
XM Pops Jupiter Holst
XM Kids Small People Ziggy Marley
Radio Disney Pop 'N Sync
XM Comedy Seven Dirty Words Carlin
Laff USA Who's on First Abbot & Costello

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