|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, 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 offer 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 content than the XM days. Playboy Radio debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio in March 2006 on channel 198. Unlike on XM, Playboy Radio was free of charge on Sirius, though subscribers could "opt-in" to receive the stream of the channel. It moved to channel 102 on both services on May 4, 2011.
Following the Sirius / XM merger, Playboy Radio returned to XM on September 30, 2008 as part of its "Best of Sirius" package and broadcast 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. Five days later, on March 14th, 2013, SiriusXM discontinued the channel.
Since leaving the satellite radio networks, Playboy Radio has expanded its content to add over a dozen new shows. It remains advertising free and broadcasts 24 hours a day via their Web site.
Currently, Playboy radio offers many shows, among them:
- 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
- Swing with Holli and Michael, a show on the swinger lifestyle
- Mansion Mayhem, with Brian Olea (of The Girls Next Door fame) and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2013 Raquel Pomplun. Former hosts include Pilar Lastra.
- Sexy Beast with Andrea Lowell, dedicated to health, fitness, and sexiness
- The Panic Switch, a show on extreme sports hosted by Charis B.
- The Real Ally Show, a dark humor show on lesbians
- Sexperts, a show about sex research
- Under Cover, hosted by Suzy McCoppin
- ForPlay, a video game industry news and review podcast hosted by YouTube personality AngelikMayhem
- The Playboy Radio Interview, a digital version of the interview found in the magazine
- Playboy's Playbook, a show on gear and gadgets
- In Bed, hosted by Jessica Drake
- Bob and Jessica Live, hosted by Bob Guiney and Jessica Hall
- Hooking Up, hosted by Simone Bienne and Kevin Klein
- Miller and Mailhouse
- Bad Girl with Natalie Nunn
- Mala Noche No!, an old-school spicy radio show in Spanish
- Night Calls, hosted by Nicki Hunter
- The Morning After hosted by Jessica Hall
- The Playmate Hour, featuring current and past Playboy Playmate centerfolds
- Afternoon Advice, an afternoon call-in show hosted by Tiffany Granath and a rotating panel of "sex experts."
- Playmate Club, hosted by Patrice Hollis and DJ Colleen Shannon
- Dave Navarro’s Dark Matter
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (June 2014)|