The XMing of the Big 80s is brutal!

VinnyM27

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So I really tried to give the music channels a chance today and the one thing I can say that I like about what they have done to my now favorite channel, the fromer Big 80s, is to make the playlist more diverse and less repitious. However, what I don't like is the fact that the DJs are now totally talking over the all the songs rather than just talking over a filler track. Also, they don't display their names on the PDTs so they are actually talking over the song so if you want to record it you are going to get a banter up until "the post" (I think that's the term). And I really don't like this new guy in the mornings! Also seems like they are getting rid of one of the best features of the Big 80s, Nina Blackwood doing the countdown. Guess they are going with old Rick Dees tapes? Great....The thing that made Nina's countdown so great is that she would give us a little info on the songs and/or artists including sometimes a "where are they now". Always entertaining. Thanks Sirius for bringing along the XM burden of crap!
 

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So I really tried to give the music channels a chance today and the one thing I can say that I like about what they have done to my now favorite channel, the fromer Big 80s, is to make the playlist more diverse and less repitious. However, what I don't like is the fact that the DJs are now totally talking over the all the songs rather than just talking over a filler track. Also, they don't display their names on the PDTs so they are actually talking over the song so if you want to record it you are going to get a banter up until "the post" (I think that's the term). And I really don't like this new guy in the mornings! Also seems like they are getting rid of one of the best features of the Big 80s, Nina Blackwood doing the countdown. Guess they are going with old Rick Dees tapes? Great....The thing that made Nina's countdown so great is that she would give us a little info on the songs and/or artists including sometimes a "where are they now". Always entertaining. Thanks Sirius for bringing along the XM burden of crap!
Yeah, it's called hitting the post, and most XM DJ's actually didn't do much of it, there are always exceptions though.

To be fair though, I think the Pad Data with the DJ's talking is screwed on both sides. Cause everytime a DJ talks my XM pad data is completely blank.
 

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So I really tried to give the music channels a chance today and the one thing I can say that I like about what they have done to my now favorite channel, the fromer Big 80s, is to make the playlist more diverse and less repitious. However, what I don't like is the fact that the DJs are now totally talking over the all the songs rather than just talking over a filler track. Also, they don't display their names on the PDTs so they are actually talking over the song so if you want to record it you are going to get a banter up until "the post" (I think that's the term). And I really don't like this new guy in the mornings! Also seems like they are getting rid of one of the best features of the Big 80s, Nina Blackwood doing the countdown. Guess they are going with old Rick Dees tapes? Great....The thing that made Nina's countdown so great is that she would give us a little info on the songs and/or artists including sometimes a "where are they now". Always entertaining. Thanks Sirius for bringing along the XM burden of crap!
You get Rick Dees and Casey Casem.

I am not sure why the VJs are talking over the music more. They always did it a bit on the Big80s too. The XM DJs rarely did this. My guess is that the voice tracking is screwing up a bit. XM DJs were always live.
 

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You get Rick Dees and Casey Casem.

I am not sure why the VJs are talking over the music more. They always did it a bit on the Big80s too. The XM DJs rarely did this. My guess is that the voice tracking is screwing up a bit. XM DJs were always live.
Maybe they used to do it but it's over the top now. I don't know that they even have PDT's ever displaying their names anymore...more cost cutting!

Rick Dees is not a good subsitute...it's a an old recording. I know people complain about old Stern shows but I think that's interesting for the history....this is just lazy and surely cheaper than getting Nina or someone to do it live. In fact, I believe Sirius had several shows like this but of course, they are all gone!
 

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Maybe they used to do it but it's over the top now. I don't know that they even have PDT's ever displaying their names anymore...more cost cutting!

Rick Dees is not a good subsitute...it's a an old recording. I know people complain about old Stern shows but I think that's interesting for the history....this is just lazy and surely cheaper than getting Nina or someone to do it live. In fact, I believe Sirius had several shows like this but of course, they are all gone!
I know what you are saying but I always prefered listening to Casey and the AT40 countdown. I never got into Dees. I kind of like the idea of hearing countdowns that were actually made in the 80s. I guess its personal preference. Casey will be on Sunday @ noon.
 

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Thank God Somebody Agrees

Oh Thank God - somebody out there agrees with me. This new 80's channel is brutal. The only plus for me is that I have yet to hear Funky Cold Medina since the switch. Other then that, its brutal.

I'm listening now hoping I'd enjoy the new weekend format sans Nina Blackwood's Top 40 and Martha Quinn's show (who I despise anyways) and this is worse. I would rather listen to Martha Quinn, and I'll easily take Nina whose voice I truly enjoy compared to Rick Dees.

I'm sure that XM's 80's channel had some people that got the axe, and if I was an XM subscriber I'd be pissed. Unfortunately, they changed the Sirius 80's station so much in my opinion that its hard to recognize compared to the Big 80's station.

Bad, bad moves.
 

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Oh Thank God - somebody out there agrees with me. This new 80's channel is brutal. The only plus for me is that I have yet to hear Funky Cold Medina since the switch. Other then that, its brutal.

I'm listening now hoping I'd enjoy the new weekend format sans Nina Blackwood's Top 40 and Martha Quinn's show (who I despise anyways) and this is worse. I would rather listen to Martha Quinn, and I'll easily take Nina whose voice I truly enjoy compared to Rick Dees.

I'm sure that XM's 80's channel had some people that got the axe, and if I was an XM subscriber I'd be pissed. Unfortunately, they changed the Sirius 80's station so much in my opinion that its hard to recognize compared to the Big 80's station.

Bad, bad moves.
That's funny because I think I saw Tone Loc pop up on the Big 80s and I'm nearly sure it was "Funky Cold Medina". I think I might start a second post about this but the Rick Dees Countdown is awful! I'm nearly sure they they are doing a different kind of Top 40 from the one that Nina Blackwood did (I think Dees must be based on a radio format while Nina's was based on sales although it was a different one from Billboard). I have not heard of most of these songs so far (I'm listening to a recording but I think I'm around 30 but you can't tell...no numbers!).

I wonder what happened to Martha. I could have sworn that Alan Hunter (who is working the graveyard shift now and live!) said that everyone from the Big 80s was still there. This is obviously about saving money but I can't imagine that customers are liking the changes at all! I do have to say that I am liking the music better on the channel (playing a slightly deeper selection)....everything else around it is a problem though!
 

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Get used to the DJs talking over the music. It's a Sirius thing. I've complained about it many times to Sirius in the past and it only seems to get worse. Hard Attack (Liquid Metal) and Hair Nation are major offenders of this.
 

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I'm a Sirius subscriber and have been for years. It's gotten worse now I think mostly because they don't have bumpers anymore when the DJ is talking. Talking over the song is one thing but talking while the song is still on display makes it harder if not impossible to try and record the songs without, seriously, 30+ seconds of banter!
 

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I used to listen to the Big 80's all the time. Now I find my self changing channels after a song or two. The new playlist is crap.
 

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I do find it funny that there is a thread here saying how XM the 80s channel is here while on XMFAN there is a thread on how Sirius the channel is.
 

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OH H.....EYE OH
I am enjoying the new 80's channel. The DJ's seem to not over talk that i have heard. OUTLAW Country needs to take a lesson.


I have been doing tile repair work in the kitchen. The first day I listened to RADIO MARGARITAVILLE. The second day, I listened to the 80's channel.
 

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If you go to XM's website, you can see the new schedule. Why Sirius hasnt posted it on their site for Sirius subscribers I have no idea.

Martha is on at night for like an hour between 1030 and 1130 PM Central I think.

I dont ever remember the DJ's on the big 80's talking over the music - except maybe on Nina's countdown if one of the tracks was something that didn't fit all that well in to what they usually played - Bette Midler had one a few weeks ago, maybe "The Rose."

The DJ's retained their Sirius flair but the music is definitely very XM because I dont ever remember hearing half of these songs on Sirius. All I really want is the lineup fixed. Alan Hunter doesnt need to be on at 2AM. Mark Goodman should be on the morning drive. If they fixed it, I'd be thrilled.
 

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I dont ever remember the DJ's on the big 80's talking over the music - except maybe on Nina's countdown

All I really want is the lineup fixed. Alan Hunter doesnt need to be on at 2AM. Mark Goodman should be on the morning drive. If they fixed it, I'd be thrilled.
This may be a second job for Alan as I am sure they don't make a lot of coin DJ-ing this channel. I like Mark Goodman. He talks over the music sometimes but not very long.

http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelguide.xmc?ch=8
 
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Amen to that it is Brutal My bet this time next year sirius will go belly up and be no more
Merger's never work The complany I worked for 20 years DHL merged with airbone two yeras ago and now DHL is going belly up buy the end of 08 you will not be seeing those ugly yellow trucks IT's done over with If they did not merger with airbone DHL would still be here today Well the same is going to happen to sirius
 

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Amen to that it is Brutal My bet this time next year sirius will go belly up and be no more
Merger's never work The complany I worked for 20 years DHL merged with airbone two yeras ago and now DHL is going belly up buy the end of 08 you will not be seeing those ugly yellow trucks IT's done over with If they did not merger with airbone DHL would still be here today Well the same is going to happen to sirius
That is very negative. Howard, O&A, talk programming, and sports will keep Sirius-XM around moreso than music. But if that WERE to happen, would people who paid by the year or got the lifetime plan be due any refund? I pay by the month, so it's a non-issue for me.
 

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That is very negative. Howard, O&A, talk programming, and sports will keep Sirius-XM around moreso than music. But if that WERE to happen, would people who paid by the year or got the lifetime plan be due any refund? I pay by the month, so it's a non-issue for me.
If they go belly up I would expect no refund. I may go year to year on my XM when renewal comes about next July.
 

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Oh Thank God - somebody out there agrees with me. This new 80's channel is brutal. The only plus for me is that I have yet to hear Funky Cold Medina since the switch. Other then that, its brutal.
I'm sure it was moved to the metal station.