The Pulse (Sirius XM)

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Flight 26 redirects here. For the former Sirius channel 9 version used until November 12, 2008, see The Pulse (Sirius).
The Pulse
The Pulse logo.svg
Broadcast area United States
Slogan 2000s & today
Frequency Sirius XM Radio 15
Dish Network 6015
First air date April 17, 2006 (as Flight 26)
November 12, 2008 (as The Pulse)
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner Sirius XM Radio
Website SiriusXM: The Pulse

The Pulse is a Sirius XM satellite radio station that plays music from the late 2000s and present-day on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 15[1] (previously 12), XM Satellite Radio channel 15[2] (previously 26) and Dish Network channel 6015. Until February 9, 2010, DirecTV has dropped Sirius XM programming in favor of using SonicTap. Every half hour The Pulse's Jim Ryan or Ron Ross reviews music news on tours, future albums, and other topics covered. If neither of them reviews any of them from 3am-6am, May I Have a Word's Emily will be fill in for music news.

Logo as Flight 26.

The channel debuted on XM Satellite Radio channel 26 and DirecTV channel 818 on April 17, 2006 as Flight 26 in response to demands by former shareholder Clear Channel Communications (who owns the similarly-formatted Mix on channel 22), and was programmed by New York native Mike Abrams. XM agreed that Clear Channel Communications can add commercials to channels which it already provides programming to, such as KISS, Sunny, and Mix. In response, XM changed their slogan from "100% commercial-free music" to "the most commercial-free music channels on satellite radio".[3] In the United States, the newly commercialized channels were moved, whereas they were deleted outright from XM Canada. XM described Flight 26 as "Modern Hits of the 90's & Now," although since it leans towards Hot AC, the station plays no urban music. The music is targeted for the younger adult group, especially for those who are age 16 or older, and the station played music from such artists as John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Green Day, The Fray, Avril Lavigne, Uncle Kracker, Lisa Loeb, P!nk, Colbie Caillat, Counting Crows, and Nickelback. During its tenure as Flight 26, it was XM's second-most-listened-to channel after Top 20 on 20.

On November 12, 2008, during the consolidation of XM and Sirius programming, Flight 26 took The Pulse branding that lived on Sirius channel 9, which aired a 1990s/hot AC hybrid, and that channel number is now The 90s on 9. Also, the new Pulse was added to channel 12 on Sirius Satellite Radio. As a result, the old Pulse ceased operations due to the fact for the old Pulse ranked #9 in the Sirius ratings, and Flight 26 had higher ratings than the old Pulse. A number of Flight 26 on-air personalities joined The Pulse and continue broadcasting under The Pulse branding. The Bridge (which became Led Zeppelin Radio for two months) forced its move from channel 12 to channel 33 (replacing SIRIUS Disorder). However, Mediabase reports The Pulse's playlist under X026-FM rather than S012-FM.

The Pulse's airchecks were changed to the same voiceover as the old Flight 26 branding rather than carry the old jingles from the old Sirius 9 channel.

Most recently, to encounter sister channel The Blend's overhaul in September 2009, The Pulse dropped most of the 1990s songs that can already be heard on sister channel '90s on 9. The slogan was also changed to "2000s and today."


  • Ron Ross

Weekdays 6 am - 11 am ET

Weekends 9 am - 3 pm ET

  • Kim Ashley

Weekdays 11 am - 5 pm ET

Saturdays 3 pm - 9 pm ET

Sundays 9 pm - 3 am ET

  • Jim Ryan

Weekdays 5 pm - 9 pm ET

  • Karen Carson

Mondays - Saturdays 9 pm - 3 am ET

Sundays 3 pm - 9 pm ET


  • The Pulse Music News

Every Hour

Jim Ryan updates you on what's going on in the lives of your favorite Pulse artists. Whether it be news about their latest CD or tour, or rumors about their love lives, Jim's got you covered each and every hour.

  • This Week's Pulse-ating New Music

Every Hour

Stick with The Pulse to hear the next big thing or the next classic song from your favorite artists. Every hour we play some of the best new music out there.

  • The 2000s & Today Top 15 Countdown

Saturdays 12 pm ET

Rebroadcasts Saturdays 7 pm, Sundays 9 am, 3 pm & 10 pm ET

Each week, Ron Ross, Kim Ashley, Jim Ryan and Karen Carson will count down the top 15 Pulse songs from a particular week between 2000 and 2010, plus the top 15 currently on the Pulse!

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  1. ^ "Sirius Channel Lineup". 2011-05-02. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "XM Channel Lineup". 2011-05-02. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ Kharif, Olga (2006-04-13). "Coming Soon to XM: More Commercials". Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 

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