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XM Begins Operations
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:
|40's||Sunny Side of the Street||Tommy Dorsey|
|50's||Rock Around the Clock||Bill Haley|
|70's||Space Oddity||David Bowie|
|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|
|MIX XM||Follow Me||Uncle Kracker|
|Heart||Power of Love||Celine Dion|
|LITE XM||Against All Odds||Collins/Carey|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Tejano||Las Nubas||Little Joey y La Familia|
|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|
|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 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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