Escape (Sirius XM)

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Escape
Escape logo.svg
Broadcast area United States
Canada
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
Website SiriusXM: Escape

Escape is a Sirius XM Satellite Radio music channel, available on XM channel 69,[1] Sirius channel 69[2] and DISH Network channel 6069.[3] 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.

Escape has occasionally been pre-empted in favor of special programming, as for a seasonal "Radio Hanukkah" format in 2009 and 2010, and a "Live Rock Labor Day Weekend" format in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XM Channel Lineup". 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Sirius Channel Lineup". 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ DISH Network channel list. Retrieved on 2008-11-14

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