'50s on 5

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The '50s on 5
50s on 5 logo.svg
Broadcast area United States
Frequency Sirius XM Radio 5
DISH Network 6005
First air date September 25, 2001
Format 1950s and early 1960s Music
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner Sirius XM Radio
Website SiriusXM: '50s on 5
Logo used prior to Sirius/XM merger on November 12, 2008.

The '50s on 5 (or just The '50s) is a commercial-free, satellite radio station on the Sirius XM Radio platform. It plays mostly Top 40 pop, doo wop, and rock and roll hits from the 1950s and early '60s, although they occasionally play historically signifficant songs from the late '40s and mid '60s. The channel broadcasts on Sirius XM channel 5, as well as on Dish Network channel 6005. As of February 9, 2010, Direct TV has dropped Sirius XM in favor of a new music service called SonicTap.[1]

From 2001-08, the Program Director for XM's '50s on 5 was Ken Smith and its Music Director was Matt "the Cat" Baldassarri; both men were dismissed from the channel in October 2008 following XM's merger with former rival Sirius. On November 12, 2008, the '50s on 5 was added to the Sirius platform, replacing the Sirius Gold channel.

Like the other decades channels, The '50s on 5 attempts to recreate the feel of 1950s radio. They use similar DJ habits, jingles, period slang, and news updates. The channel was also used for XM's annual pop music chronology, IT.[2]


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Saturdays 11 pm ET Memphis radio personality Alex Ward brings you music, stories and interviews with the personalities of the '50s Memphis music scene, including Sam Phillips, Rufus Thomas and more.

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