The Combined Decades Channels!

Discussion in 'Decades, Pop, Rock' started by DAB, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Today, I focused on 80s on 8 and 70s on 7 and I must say the play list are much, much better overall. There is a deep number of solid hits, with a sprinkling of those songs that were not in the top 40. This is just what I was hoping for. Lets just hope they keep it up.

    Anyone else have any thoughts ont his?

    What about some of the other decades like 40s on 4 or 50s on 5 or even 60s on 6? Anyone check them out. They are on my schedule for tomorrow road trip.

    Loving this so far! Sirius Decades had gotten so freaking stale, what a breath of fresh air.
  2. semipenguin

    semipenguin Cheeseburger Connoisseur

    Over the past few months, I thought the decade channels on Sirius had gotten better. IMO, I think they were looking toward the merge...:)

    I didn't really listen too much yesterday to any one channel, but I did listen a little longer to '60s on 6. I love Phlash Phelps & it's nice to know everyone in the satellite nation can hear him now. And the fact that anyone can call in & get through to him on the phone & talk to him live is a plus...:D
  3. jwt873

    jwt873 Member

    I'm liking the better playlists too.. One thing I've noticed is they don't have the song years on all the channels. The 70's is the only one I've seen doing it and they don't do it with all the songs anymore.

    I kind of miss that :)
  4. kryptonite

    kryptonite Well-Known Member

    They should list the song years on every channel.
  5. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    80s on 8 IS XM80s on 8. XM was tighenning the playlist over the last couple of months to make the transition easier. Even the sweepers are the XM ones with "Sirius" grafted on the beginning -- good cost saving measure although quite obvious. The only difference is it now has VJs. I think Big80s did go a bit deeper with a bit less repitiion prior to the merge too although from a Sirius perspective it is a big jump. XM plays more genres of music from the 80s (which is the correct way to do it --- just not my personal preference).

    The 70s sounds like Totally70s. I think it has deepened its playlist in anticipation of the merge.

    I think some channels have done a very good job at transition over the last month or so. Big Tracks/Top Tracks are virtually the same channels today that they were on 11/11. The 80s and 70s channels seem to be close too.

    Other channels did a poor job at the integration -- big bang: Lucy/Lithium, Fred/1st Wave are examples. Co-incidently those are the channels with the most complaints. In defence, I don't think those particular channels were simular enough to start to do a blended merge.
  6. Manco

    Manco Active Member

    Yeah, so far so good, the playlists are fresher but that doesn't mean they couldn't grow stale again.
  7. mynameisjamie

    mynameisjamie Member

    Yeah I have certainly noticed the playlists are updated. I haven't listened to any of the decades channels yet. I am today. I am a fan overall of a shakeup. Keeps everyone on their toes! :bigclap:
  8. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    I'm enjoying the merged lineup. I think most of us feel that we lost something...but OTOH, we've gained too. Many of the channels seem "fresher" to me.
  9. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

    Sorry off topic but I think you can throw in X Country/OUTLAW into the poor job at the integration category. OUTLAW and X Country are two different formats though.

    EDIT: Since XM's X Country and LUCY are dead, I probably will listen to the Decade channels more now.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008
  10. Araxen

    Araxen Member

    Since they merged the channels will we be getting the old school Casey Kasem Top 40 shows on the weekend?
  11. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    Yes :ter:

    ...and now, on with the countdown.
  12. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    Keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the satellites.
  13. limegrass69

    limegrass69 Confused

    ...and now our long distance dedication...from a quadruple amputee named Matt in Flagstaff, Arizona to a brain dead turtle in Nome, Alaska. And he writes, "Dear Casey..."
  14. Araxen

    Araxen Member

    Kick ass! I'm very happy about this!
  15. Clevey

    Clevey New Member

    60's and 50's playlists for XM subscribers are notably shallower. More top 10 hits, more songs repeated two days in a row.
  16. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    I've always liked the hits-based philosophy of Sirius programming, but after 4 years the channels were definitely stale to me. I'm going to enjoy the deeper playlist.

    Only complaint so far, and it's a small one -- The 80's channel plays way more from the later years '88 & '89 than it used to. Not my favorite years of the decade! I'll get used to it. :)
  17. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    XM 80s has always played all genres all years. Its really the way the 80s should be programmed but that is one of the reasons I liked the Big80s as I am more of an early 80s guy. I am still happy with the channel.

    Listened to the 70s last night while going to sleep (no Bridge or Moving EZ) and I really liked the channel. My wife did too. The interesting thing is I never really liked XM 7 and my wife disliked S7. So they combined it in such a way that we both like the station.
  18. lronglien

    lronglien Member

    The 70's

    I really like the 70's on 7. As for Casey--Dave Hoeffel said last week on the final Satellite Survey that Casey was taking over the time slot effective this upcoming yes...we are keeping Casey.
  19. TimTimSalabim

    TimTimSalabim Active Member

    "Why do they ask me to do these ******* dedications coming out of a ******* up-tempo song? ********!!!"
  20. VinnyM27

    VinnyM27 Active Member

    The one thing I can say I'm very happy about overall is the playlists on a channel like Big 80s (I'm really hoping they get to the point where they realize XM's name is dumb). It's gotten a lot deeper and more diverse. Part of this might be because there is no station for dance pop which should be played on any 80s dance channel anyway. Before, the playlist was SUPER heavy on white male rock like Journey and U2 while sprinkling only the MOST popular and most recognizable hits from the 3 biggest pop solo artists (Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson). If they played a Prince song that was not on "Purple Rain" or "1999", it was a shocker (or during the Big 80s Top 40 Countdown...come back, Nina!).

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