Reviewing the Sirius Satellite Music Stations

Do you ever find yourself relentlessly station flipping on an already aggravating drive home from work? You probably have that feeling that if you could just find that one feel-good, sing- along tune you’re craving, all the chaos and stress would just melt away. With Sirius Satellite Radio, say goodbye to all your frustrations and program in up to 30 sure-fire stations that will revitalize your mood and satisfy your musical needs, static and commercial-free.

The Sirius stations appeal to people of all different markets and niches. One is the middle-aged “I love all music” types. For these people, there’s “Sirius Hits 1,” a top 40 station which plays everything from Avril Lavigne, Kanye West and Junior Senior to Fall Out Boy, Nickelback and Linkin Park. The “Sirius Supermix” station shuffles all of the other Sirius stations for one of the most diverse line ups you can imagine.

Need to relax? Do you chill out to light Pop, Rock, Classical, Jazz, Electronica, Country, R&B, Reggae or Talk Radio? Sirius satellite radio has a relaxing station in just about every genre for you! Whether it’s Jimmy Buffet, Simon and Garfunkle, Massive Attack or Aretha Franklin, you will find that cup of audio tea for the soul.

One of the best things about satellite radio is that it panders to niche markets. Sometimes fans of the loud and rowdy rock genres have a hard time finding a station to suit their needs. Not on satellite radio! If you’re having a hard time finding The Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys and The Misfits on the radio, try Channel 29’s “Punk” station.

Or if you need some Lamb of God, Slayer or Pantera, Channel 27 “Hard Attack” will do you good. Keep the weekend rave playing with Paul Van Dyk and Deep Dish on “Area 33” or breakdance to your favorite energetic tracks by the Chemical Brothers and DJ Icey on Channel 34 “Boombox.” Not enough Grand Master Flash, LL Cool J and Run DMC? Check out the Channel 43 “Backspin” for old school rap at its finest.

Other niche markets include Country, with five different Sirius satellite stations: “New Country” (Tim Mcgraw, Terry Underwood, Toby Keith), “Prime Country” (Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, George Strait), “The Roadhouse” (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton), “Outlaw Country” (Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard) and “Bluegrass” (Ricky Skaggs & KY, Lonesome River Band, Thunder). Christian listeners can choose from “Spirit 66” with powerful hits from Third Day, Avalon and Point of Grace or “Praise 68” with gospel favorites by Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams.

The Latin / World markets will also get grooving with XM radio stations tailored specifically to their needs: “Universo Latino” (Latin pop mix including Luis Miguel, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan), “Rumbon” (Reggaeton with Marc Anthony, Tito Nieves and Ivy Queen), “Band A Parte” (the French language music scene), “Rock Velours” (Canadian soft rock like Celine Dion, Sarah Mclachlan, Michael Buble), and “Energie 2” (urban pop including French Canadians like Eric Lapointe, Simple Plan and Coldplay).

In addition to music, there are even more specific stations to choose from on Sirius satellite radio. Nine sports stations focus on Soccer, Horse Racing, NBA, NFL, Nascar, College Sports, CFL, AFL, ESPN. Talk Radio includes: NPR, CNN, Fox News, BBC, World Radio Network, Entertainment radio, CNBC, Bloomberg financial Radio and Daily Variety.

Need religion, weather, or traffic talk? No problem. Additionally, you can get 24/7 Howard Stern, Martha Stewart and comedy channels.

Oldies Music Station

Those oldies but goodies are sounding so good. When you turn on your favorite oldies music station, you are reaping the benefits of decades of work. Not just work in making the music, but the work in carefully crafted formats and dedication of the oldies music station staff.

The music, mostly from the 1950’s and 1960’s comprise the backbone of the traditional “classic gold” radio stations. Others may consider anything older than today as “oldies”, but true oldies format refers to the golden age of rock and roll, 50’s and 60’s. The classic golden oldies probably extend until about 1964, when the Beatles “invaded” the US, along with other members of the “British Invasion” such as The Kinks, and they changed music in this country forever.

Radio station formats are frequently based on a tried and true oldies format. The program managers work out in advance everything they will play, the traffic director schedules the day’s hours into segments of music, commercials and news. Radio jingles correspond with the station format, so you will hear oldies type jingles on an oldies radio station. No rap, just classic rock and roll.

Many businesses choose to play an oldies music station as background music in their store. Even some casinos play oldies, usually on “senior’s day”, as today’s seniors were in their high school heyday when the original music was popular on the radio and at dances. Advertisers who want to target an older audience, 50 and up, choose oldies stations for part of their advertising mix. But seniors are not the only persons listening to the oldies. If so, the format would go out of style.

Some oldies stations will do dances, have their disc jockeys go live to a dance hall. Oldies can be chosen as a theme for certain parties, or special events. The songs were shorter then, three minutes or so on average, and the radio stations created formats featuring high repetition of a few songs. All favorites, all the time could be their slogan back then; today’s it is the “blast from the past”.

Songs you will hear on an oldies music station include the era’s great singers, Elvis Presley, Danny and the Juniors, The Platters, Kingston Trio, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Fats Domino, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and more. All the hits, all the time!

Oldies radio can be found across the country, and on new broadcast outlets like Sirius Radio, which even features an “All Elvis” radio channel. Niche audiences have loyal followers and those who want to target those “oldies audiences” can do so easily by placing their commercials on those stations who play oldies music.

Some younger people say they enjoy listening to oldies, but in reality they are referring to music from the 1970’s, and 1980’s, like Marshall Tucker Band, ACDC, and Aerosmith. But if they visit Grandma’s house, they may be exposed to the real “oldies but goodies”.

Listen to Music Online and Turn on Your Life

One of the great advantages of the Internet that people are discovering more and more is listening to music. You can now listen to music online that is totally uninterrupted and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your home while doing other work or surfing for information at your computer desk. The wonderful thing about enjoying music online you can personally program a station to fit whatever mood you want to create.

You get to pick the music, the artists, the genre, and the season. It is great to be able to program a station with exactly what you want in the way of music. If you want to listen to all “Beatles” music all you do is program the station and you have it at your convenience. You can even get to rate the songs and decide if you want to hear them again. It you are interested in seasonal tunes you can plug into the season and listen to seasonal music.

When you listen to music online you get to create your own radio station. If you want all jazz, all soul, all R&B, all instrumental, all classical, all oldies, it arrives on your personal radio station. It is so nice to sit back and relax and enjoy the music that you like or the music that fits the moment. You can create several radio stations and have them available for whatever “tickles your fancy” at whatever time of the day. And the marvelous part about all of this it is free.

On some sites you may have to listen to an occasional commercial but these advertisements are few and really do not spoil the atmosphere of your personal radio station. You will be amazed at what you can do with your music stations and how you can even share them with your other friends. The world is a different place with all of this capability to program your own music.

Now is the time to start listening to music once again. Listen to the music you want and enjoy. Create your own radio station and your personal music library of listening. Then you get to sit back and be entertained with music that will inspire you, entertain you, and make your dream come reality. All this can happen when you listen to music online that you have selected for your personal enjoyment. This is all yours through the Internet and can all be yours for no cost. You will love the experience as music enters your life once again.