Special Edition #2: Happy Thanksgiving!
A throwback, plus today's events, and more.
Thursday, November 24th, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day)
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Yes, the holiday may be here, but I’m here to bring you a special edition of the newsletter. Its possible because I got a good enough connection to the internet to bring this to you.
I will be incorporating a mix of throwback stuff, plus today’s events across SXM to get you into the spirit of this day, which is traditionally fun, family, food, and if you are into sports, football (both kinds, American football, and soccer).
First, let’s start with something I forgot to mention in yesterday’s newsletter.
SXM Free Event
I forgot to mention this yesterday, but it has been activated in time for today’s Thanksgiving holiday. For the next two weeks, SXM has activated inactive car radios to a free listening event. Up to 100 channels are participating in this and all channels do not come with the XL symbol, meaning channels like Hip-Hop Nation, Liquid Metal, and Pandora NOW are not being turned on.
There are also some other channels that don’t have an XL symbol like a simulcast of FOX Business, ESPN Xtra, and EWTN Radio that aren’t also included in this.
Take a look at the lineup above to see what’s included and what’s not. The trial will run until December 5th.
Special Thanksgiving Throwback!
You didn’t think I’d do this ago, would you? But I am. I thought for this special throwback, I’d take you back to the same lineup we once talked about from 2004.
This one goes back specifically to October 4th, 2004; some 18 years ago. As you can tell, things have definitely changed a lot in that time and most of these channels are still missed, with others surviving the merger and still on the air today, such as Highway 16 now being The Highway, BPM, Deep Tracks, the 70s, 80s, and 90s decades channels, and so much more.
In the earliest days of this newsletter, I did a thorough examination of this lineup, broken down into two parts. If you wanna find out what’s changed and what hasn’t, then click on these links to take you back to Part 1 and to Part 2.
Now, to a different kind of throwback.
This is a video of XM Satellite Radio during its early days, back in 2001. This video includes test runs conducted back in June of that year, plus its various personalities from its various channels that first originated back then. This video is worth the watch!
This is from satellite radio’s very early and golden days, especially when the company was still not well known to the masses yet as it was signifying a national expansion in November 2001 after having first launched in just two markets, San Diego and DFW back on Sept. 25th, 2001. Its amazing how time flies.
Today is Thanksgiving and SiriusXM has several events planned for throughout Thanksgiving Weekend.
As a matter of fact, some of these events are recommended by SiriusXM for you to check out…
SiriusXM has created a Family Thanksgiving Road Trip playlist from Road Trip Radio (SXM 301) that’s available now on the SXM app.
There’s also a five-hour Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Party Music Mix on the SXM app as well.
The ‘10s Spot (SXM 11) is also throwing out a TensGiving Eve Party, which claims to be an essential Friendsgiving pop music mix, whatever that means.
Willie’s Roadhouse (SXM 59) will re-air this year’s Farm Aid music festival special, hosted by Paula Nelson. It will air today from 12 Noon-7:00pm ET (9:00am-4:00pm PT) and then again on Sunday, November 27th from 4:00-11:00pm ET (1:00-8:00pm PT).
I’ve already mentioned these three before yesterday, but they’ll be available all holiday weekend long…
Holiday Tradition’s Top 25 Female Vocalists of Christmas
SXM 71 until December 25th or 24/7 on streaming-only 602.
Classic Rewind’s 40 Cassettes Turning 40
Holly’s 40 Most Lit Holiday Hits
SXM 104 until December 27th.
An encore presentation of The Hall podcast will air on Netflix is a Joke Radio (SXM 93) which will celebrate comedy legends, including George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams. Every episode is available throughout the week at 12 Noon and 7:00pm ET (9:00am and 4:00pm PT). But if you want to binge-listen to the whole thing, then may I suggest tuning in tomorrow from 12:00-4:00pm ET (9:00am-1:00pm PT) to listen to all the episodes in one shot.
Hallmark Channel Radio (SXM 105)
This week’s event is Lacey Chabert’s Countdown to Christmas Countdown. Hosted by none other than Chabert herself, who’s the voice of the station and the star of Hallmark Channel’s all-new original holiday movie, Haul Out The Holly, its a Christmas music countdown selected by fans.
Saturday, November 26th at 12:00 Noon ET (9:00am PT)
Sunday, November 27th at 9:00am ET (6:00am PT)
Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm ET (12 Noon PT)
There’s a long holiday weekend ahead of us, which means plenty of excitement in the sports world. Its not just NBA, NHL, NCAA Football, and NCAA Basketball games taking place this weekend, but also a weekend full of action-packed World Cup games and yes, the annual tradition of an NFL Thanksgiving.
🏈: A John Madden Thanksgiving
This year, the NFL will honor John Madden, one of America’s greatest-ever NFL ambassadors, during all three of its games this year. Luckily for you and me, all three games will be heard on just one national home: SiriusXM NFL Radio (SXM 88).
In addition, here’s where you can hear the games via their hometown broadcasts. 225, 226 or 227 are via the Sports Play-by-Play channels while their hometown broadcasts are also available streaming online on the SXM app.
Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions at 12:30pm ET (9:30am PT).
Bills Hometown Broadcasts via 550 WGR Buffalo: SXM 225 and online 803.
Lions Hometown Broadcasts via 97.1 WXYT-FM Detroit: SXM 226 and online 810.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys at 4:30pm ET (1:30pm PT).
Giants Hometown Broadcasts via 660 WFAN and 101.9 WFAN-FM New York: SXM 225 and online 823.
Cowboys Hometown Broadcasts via 105.3 KRLD-FM Dallas: SXM 226 and online 808.
New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings at 8:15pm ET (5:15pm PT).
Patriots Hometown Broadcasts via 98.5 WBZ-FM Boston: SXM 225 and online 821.
Vikings Hometown Broadcasts via 100.3 KFXN-FM Minneapolis: SXM 227 and online 820.
Spanish feed: SXM 392 (one of the Sports Play-by-Play channels) and online 982.
For the rest of Week 12 in the current NFL season, Matthew Keys from The Desk, once again, puts a handy reference up of all matches and where to hear them, here.
🏈: 50 years of the Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season.
The Miami Dolphins are still the ONLY team in NFL history to have achieved a perfect season, having done so 50 years ago in 1972. As a result, SXM will have a sports special hosted by Alex Marvez featuring interviews with several key members of that team, which went 17-0 which is 14-0 in the regular season plus its three wins in the postseason, which does include Super Bowl VII (7) in which the Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins (now Commanders) 14-7 to achieve the perfect feat.
QB Bob Griese, RB Larry Csonka, WR Paul Warfield, and Safety Dick Anderson were all a part of that team and you’ll get to hear them in a new special that celebrates the team starting Thanksgiving morning, today at 8:00am ET (5:00am PT) on SiriusXM NFL Radio (SXM 88). You can also hear it at the following times…
Black Friday, November 25th at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00am, and 10:00pm ET (11:00pm on the 24th, 1:00, 3:00am, and 7:00pm PT)
Saturday, November 26th at 4:00, 7:00am, and 11:00pm ET (1:00, 4:00am, and 8:00pm PT)
Sunday, November 27th at 3:00am ET (12:00 Midnight PT)
And that’s it for this special edition of the newsletter. Giving you a mix of everything to celebrate this holiday. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and read away from what’s happening at SiriusXM on this Thanksgiving Day holiday.
I want to be thankful to all of you for your support and you can show it right back by doing these three things…
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And yes, I will be back tomorrow with a regular edition of the newsletter, recapping the week’s news and other events.
Until then, I hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!!!