XM Begins Operations
Sep 26, 2001 12:00 PM
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:
ChannelSongArtist 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