|Broadcast area||United States, Canada|
|First air date||2006-03-14|
Playboy Radio is an Internet radio station. Playboy Radio was originally launched on XM Satellite Radio in September 2002. Included were programs such as Night Calls Radio originally hosted by adult film star Juli Ashton and Playboy TV star Tiffany Granath and Playboy's Sexcetera with reporter Kira Reed. Hall of Fame porn star Christy Canyon was brought in as a replacement when Ashton left to pursue other ventures in April/May 2005. The channel also featured programs such as Playboy TV's Sex Court, The Weekend Flash and Sexy Stories. It was XM's first premium station — offered à la carte on top of the base XM subscription price. Playboy Radio gained a healthy following in the short time it was offered, including a dedicated group of Night Calls fans that established a strong online presence, although many complained the station offered too little content for the monthly price.
On August 20, 2005, the XM Radio website informed customers that as of September 1, 2005, XM would no longer be offering the Playboy Radio channel. The removal of Playboy Radio brought the end of XM's premium stations as High Voltage was made available free of charge to all subscribers earlier in the year.
In January 2006, XM's competitor Sirius Satellite Radio announced they were picking up Playboy Radio and would be offering more shows than XM did. Playboy Radio debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio in March 2006 on channel 198. Unlike on XM, Playboy Radio is free of charge on Sirius, though subscribers will have to "opt-in" in order to receive the stream of the channel. It moved to channel 102 on both services on May 4, 2011.
Currently, Playboy radio offers many shows, among them the popular Night Calls, now hosted by Nicki Hunter. New programming includes The Morning After hosted by Jessica Hall, The Playboy Morning Show, billed as "an audio version of Playboy and featuring segments by the magazine's founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner; The Playmate Hour, featuring current and past Playboy Playmate centerfolds; and Afternoon Advice, an afternoon call-in show hosted by Tiffany Granath and a rotating panel of "sex experts."
Following the Sirius / XM merger, Playboy Radio returned to XM on September 30, 2008 as part of its "Best of Sirius" package and broadcasts on channel 99. In 2010, the Playmate Club radio show launched, featuring Patrice Hollis and DJ Colleen Shannon.
On March 9th, 2013, Kevin Klein and Andrea Lowell announced on the Playboy Morning Show that Playboy will no longer be featured on SiriusXM and instead will become available via an online site, http://www.playboyradio.com.
On March 14th, 2013, SiriusXM discontinued the channel.
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2013)|