XMU to be replaced with Sirius - Left of Center?

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I read an report on Orbitcast.com and looks like XMU to be replaced with Sirius' Left of Center?

XMU says goodbye - Orbitcast

Reports have come in that XMU (ch 43) will be the first on the list of channels to be merged into its satellite radio counterpart.

The XMU Nation website and the XMU MySpace page are showing farewell letters from XMU's Program Director Billy Zero and the channel's "Dean of Music" Tobi. The two state that they have "enjoyed the years of love, music, fun and passion" and "say goodbye to our fans." They also invite their fans to "come chill with us."

XMFan.com is reporting that XMU will be replaced with Sirius' Left of Center (ch 26).
 
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So, it starts! In listening to both, I actually do prefer LOC, but still I am sure the loyal XMU fans won't see it that way.

I think this is only the beginning!
 

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Uh oh.... Does this mean that all of the Sirius channels will get picked over their XM counterparts?

I'm hoping they bring over CineMagic and Upop, for which there is no Sirius equal....

I preferred talk free channels on XM, now I get to hear the early 80's VJs on the 80's channel... Not an improvement....
 

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Uh oh.... Does this mean that all of the Sirius channels will get picked over their XM counterparts?

I'm hoping they bring over CineMagic and Upop, for which there is no Sirius equal....

I preferred talk free channels on XM, now I get to hear the early 80's VJs on the 80's channel... Not an improvement....
Anything that is a duplicate will likely be Sirius version as the one surviving.

Those which do not have equals will likely remain on each service but not be brought over.
 

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I never really listened to XMU but I do remember listening to Left of Center and mostly liking what I heard. I'm actually looking froward to this.
 

Wayne Edwards

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I love LOC (Who else would play "Who's Got The Crack?" by The Moldy Peaches?). Haven't heard XMU, but I suspect the main difference is XMU has less songs in heavy rotation, which seems to be the main difference with most channels. I was hoping the merger really would be a "merging" of the best qualities of each similar station, whatever the format. I guess just eliminating certain channels altogether, most likely on XM, is what will really happen. I hope I'm wrong.
 

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I love LOC (Who else would play "Who's Got The Crack?" by The Moldy Peaches?). Haven't heard XMU, but I suspect the main difference is XMU has less songs in heavy rotation, which seems to be the main difference with most channels. I was hoping the merger really would be a "merging" of the best qualities of each similar station, whatever the format. I guess just eliminating certain channels altogether, most likely on XM, is what will really happen. I hope I'm wrong.

XMU probably would have more songs in a lighter rotation. I can't think of one channel where XM has less songs or more repatition than the Sirius equivalent.

But agreed on the approach. I would have hoped for a blending or 1/2 of one and 1/2 of the other. Neither appears to be happening.
 

Sirius Rich

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I drove 360 miles yesterday and listened to LoC the whole trip. I wanted to try it out because of this thread. I really want to thank this forum for giving the thought of trying out 26, I like it and turned on another old fart today at work. We both have had Sirius for years and were giddy about discovering this new channel. To me, this is what satellite radio is about.

I never listened to XMU so I cannot compare the two channels.
 

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I drove 360 miles yesterday and listened to LoC the whole trip. I wanted to try it out because of this thread. I really want to thank this forum for giving the thought of trying out 26, I like it and turned on another old fart today at work. We both have had Sirius for years and were giddy about discovering this new channel. To me, this is what satellite radio is about.

I never listened to XMU so I cannot compare the two channels.
Another LOC recruit. :bigthumbup:

Glad you enjoyed it. LOC is a breath of fresh air.
 

Wayne Edwards

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XMU probably would have more songs in a lighter rotation. I can't think of one channel where XM has less songs or more repatition than the Sirius equivalent.

Yes, I was referring to XM having less songs in heavy rotation, meaning XM has more airtime to play more songs that aren't in heavy rotation. I was kind of hoping the merger would bring a combination of both programming philosophies.
 

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Yes, I was referring to XM having less songs in heavy rotation, meaning XM has more airtime to play more songs that aren't in heavy rotation. I was kind of hoping the merger would bring a combination of both programming philosophies.
I've gotten to the point where I don't know what the fuck is going to happen -- so many rumours, all with little or no confirmation. I think I am going to just wait until Nov 5th and see what is on my radios and make adjustments to my subs if neccessary then.
 

SatelliteSteve

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I've been listening to LOC for 4 years and I've noticed that they've been playing a deeper selection over the last month. For example, I've heard Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space, which is something they've never played before. I've also heard other songs off the new TV On the Radio album--not just the lead single. This looks like a good sign!