Escape (Sirius XM)
|Broadcast area||United States
|Slogan||An Escape Into Tranquility|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 69
DISH Network 6069
|First air date||April 17, 2006|
|Format||Beautiful Music/Easy Listening|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
Escape is a Sirius XM Satellite Radio music channel, available on XM channel 69, Sirius channel 69 and DISH Network channel 6069. As of February 9, 2010, DirecTV dropped Sirius XM programming in favor of SonicTap. The channel is described as "Easy, Instrumental and vocal favorites and the great popular melodies popular over the last sixty years", and plays a beautiful music format featuring music from such instrumental artists as Henry Mancini, Chet Atkins, Bert Kaempfert, Richard Clayderman, Ferrante & Teicher, Geoff Love, Jackie Gleason, Andre Kostelanetz, Paul Mauriat, and Percy Faith, as well as vocalists such as Andy Williams, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and The Carpenters. The program director for Escape is Marlin Taylor, a veteran beautiful music programmer for many stations and program syndicators, such as Bonneville.
XM had previously featured the beautiful music format on Sunny, channel 24. In early 2006, the Sunny channel, which was owned by Clear Channel Communications, changed formats and started airing commercial interruptions as the result of an arbitration settlement with Clear Channel. Due to the format change of Sunny and the commercial interruptions, XM created the Escape channel (channel 78, prior to the Sirius-XM merger, and channel 28 after) as a commercial-free beautiful music channel. After the merger with Sirius in 2008, Escape started incorporating more vocal tracks into its playlist (to compensate for the loss of Sirius' more soft-AC based Movin' Easy channel), but these were reduced after complaints.
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