'60s on 6
|Broadcast area||United States
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 6
DISH Network 6006
|First air date||September 25, 2001|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: '60s on 6|
The '60s on 6 (or just The '60s) is a commercial-free, satellite radio station on the Sirius XM Radio platform. It plays music from the 1960s and early 1970s, mostly Top 10 hits from the second half of the decade. Airing on XM since 2001, the channel became available to Sirius subscribers replacing '60s Vibrations on November 12, 2008, following the merger of the two companies. The station currently broadcasts on channel 6 of both services, as well as on Dish Network channel 6006. Lou Simon is currently the program director for the channel.
Like the other decades channels, The '60s on 6 attempts to recreate the feel of 1960s radio. They use similar DJ habits, classic PAMS jingles, period slang, and news updates. The channel was also used for XM's annual pop music chronology, IT.
Post Sirius XM merger
With the merger of many Sirius XM channels on November 12, 2008, there were some changes to 60s on 6. The channel's playlist, which had once exceeded 3,000 songs was sliced to emphasize Top 10 hits more, with most of the lower-charting tracks as well as many of the crossover and novelty hits of the era removed and abandoned from the rotation. Pat Clarke, who helmed the channel since the 2004 departure of original Program Director Cleveland Wheeler, was dismissed along with another disk jockey, Marty "with the Party" Thompson. Phlash Phelps and Terry "Motormouth" Young were spared, and "Broadway" Bill Lee and Mike Kelly joined the airstaff. Lee eventually moved to the '70s on 7 channel. Cousin Brucie began a live Saturday all-request show. Wolfman Jack was moved into an early afternoon block, and was eventually eliminated altogether, along with other channel fixtures such as the Sonic Sound Salute, Sweet Sixteen Music Machine countdown, and Chickenman.
The classic PAMS jingles were edited to remove references to XM Radio, or jingles not referencing XM were used. In the summer of 2009, PAMS produced a new set of jingles based on its Series 31, "Music Explosion" for the channel.
Prior to the merger, it was the only XM channel to not change its zero in the logo, since it has always been a peace sign. All decades channels changed logos, whereas this channel, along with the '40s on 4 and the '70s on 7 are updated logos from their predecessors. The current logo for The '60s on 6 is the same, but "The" is phased out on the left, and adds the "on 6" info at the right.
- Cousin Brucie
Wednesdays 5 pm - 9 pm ET
Saturdays 8 pm - 12 am ET
Sundays 5 pm - 9 pm ET
After decades as the King of Top 40 radio in New York, Bruce Morrow has found a new home and a national family of listeners at SiriusXM—and he's never looked back! Cousin Brucie is legendary for his love of '60s hits and his love for his listeners.
Weekdays 6 am - 1 pm ET
Sundays 12 pm - 5 pm ET
Phlash worked for 17 radio stations all across the nation prior to joining SiriusXM. Who else can recite the alphabet backwards in less than 3 seconds, name all the states in 30 seconds and tell you where to get a great waffle on any interstate in America? Phlash is one of a kind... and he's ours!
Weekdays 1pm - 5pm ET
Pat St. John is a fan of the legends of rock and roll, and a friend to some of them as well. When he's telling you about the songs he's playing, you know you're getting the real deal, because Pat lives and breathes this music.
- Dave Hoeffel
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 5pm - 11pm ET.
Dave grew up surrounded by the great music of artists in his native Philly, ranging from Bobby Rydell to Chubby Checker and from the Orlons to the Dovells. Now he gets to play many of these amazing artists for you every day.
- Mike Kelly
Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm ET
Mike became a DJ on Christmas Eve 1973, when the current jock left his show to go shopping. Mike loves the great timeless songs from the '60s and American muscle cars, so if you hear him get excited while playing "Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "Little Deuce Coupe" or "Drag City", that’s why.
- Cousin Brucie’s Saturday Rock and Roll Party
Saturday 8pm-12am ET.
It's always a party when radio legend Cousin Brucie is on the mic, and we're proud to have The Cuz gracing our airwaves and playing the greatest hits of the '60s and a sprinkle of the '70s. Your week just isn't the same without your Cuz!
- Cruisin' With Cousin Brucie
Wednesday 5pm-9pm ET
Rebroadcast Sunday at 5pm ET
Hear The Cuz play the greatest rock and roll songs from the greatest rock and roll era: The '60s!
- Sixties Satellite Survey
Saturdays 2 pm ET
Rebroadcasts Sundays 10 am ET and Wednesdays at 9 pm ET
Each week, Lou Simon hosts a look back at a top 40 chart from this week in the 60’s. You’ll hear the hits as well as some long forgotten singles with plenty of Motown, British stars, novelty records, instrumentals, folk rock and lots more. Music and memories are alive and well on the Sixties Satellite Survey.
- Something Good with Peter Noone
Saturdays 5 pm-8pm ET
Peter played a big part in the British Invasion as lead singer of Herman's Hermits. Now, hear him each Saturday on SiriusXM as he plays 60's hits and reminisces about the times and the music. Peter still tours the world with his infectious hits and brings his personality and knowledge to 60's on 6 every week.
- "Talk Talk"
Sundays 11 pm ET
Host Lou Simon takes calls from listeners about the music they love and how it’s touched their lives.
Artists You'll Hear
- The Beatles
- Beach Boys
- The Supremes
- Dave Clark Five
- The Four Tops
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Rolling Stones
- Aretha Franklin
- Petula Clark
- The Four Seasons
- Simon and Garfunkel
- Tommy James
- The Hollies
- Paul Revere and the Raiders
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