Sirius XM College Sports Nation
|Broadcast area||United States
|First air date||August 28, 2006|
|Format||Sports Talk and Play-by-Play|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Affiliations||Sporting News Radio
American Le Mans Series
Bowl Championship Series
Indy Racing League
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
Sirius XM College Sports Nation is a channel on Sirius XM Radio, and is mainly the result of a merging of Sirius Sports Central and XM Sports Nation, and a couple programming changes with sister channel Mad Dog Radio.
Sirius XM College Sports Nation has a 24 hour available channel on Sirius Radio, and includes original programs Rivals Radio, 60/20 Sports, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, and others. Additionally, the channel carries both of The Content Factory's sports programs: The Dan Patrick Show and Into the Night with Tony Bruno, as well as the regionally syndicated sports-talk show hosted by Paul Finebaum.
On XM Radio, some programs are heard on XM 143. It is assumed that XM 143 will be built into the channel that will simulcast on Sirius 122.
XM Sports Nation history
Sporting News Radio (2001-2006)
Before XMSN, channel 143 was a complete simulcast of Sporting News Radio, a United States based national sports radio network, of which XM had an exclusivity contract with. It was complemented on XM by its competitors, the long running ESPN Radio (channel 140), controlled by Hearst Corporation and Disney, and the recently formed Fox Sports Radio (channel 142), controlled by Premiere Radio Networks. The three sports networks remained in co-existence on the XM platform for several years. In 2005, the exclusivity contract with XM expired, and the satrad company renewed it under non-exclusivity, which allows XM competitor Sirius Satellite Radio to pick up the network as well. With the arrival of the PGA Tour Network, channel 143 ended up being pre-empted on the weekends due to bandwidth considerations. It was assumed that the channel was one of the platform's lower performers because of this, as no other third party sports networks on XM were being pre-empted. Despite negative feedback from fans, this practice did not stop until the channel underwent a renovation.
XM Sports Nation (2006-)
On August 28, 2006, Sporting News Radio became XM Sports Nation, and featured several new shows exclusive to XM. XM had already used the XM Sports Nation name to brand their sportscasts, often ending the games with a soundbyte saying "This has been a presentation of XM Sports Nation". New programs included XMSN This Morning, Power Shift, Rotowire Fantasy Football Hour, and College Football Coast to Coast. XMSN also acted as a replay channel for select NASCAR Radio shows, and became the new home of XM Live's weekly show, 60/20 Sports. To accommodate these shows, the Sporting News Radio lineup was carved up selectively. Some shows survived the transition, while others were truncated, or bounced from the platform completely. As of the change to XM Sports Nation, weekends were no longer pre-empted for the PGA Tour Network, and the channel became available on XM Canada.
XM143 to XM144, NASCAR Radio merger, and beyond
On January 1, 2007, XMSN moved to XM 144 from XM 143. Programming from XM's NASCAR Radio channel was merged into XM Sports Nation, including Claire B. Lang's afternoon show, both Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s live half hour shows, and Joe Castello and Thommy Noodlez remained on Powershift from 8-10 PM ET. XMSN also added the Andretti-Green Racing Hour in March 2007, as part of expanded Indy Racing League coverage. More content from Sporting News Radio was sacrificed to make these changes, which included more replays of XMSN originals. As of February 2007, the only weekday host from Sporting News Radio that continue to air on XMSN is Tony Bruno show.
In addition, XMSN began airing Tony Kornheiser's radio show, which broadcasts from WTWP, on 2007-03-05. In August 2007, XMSN added Barry Switzer as a part of the channel's expanded college sports coverage. On 2008-01-21, XMSN added The Dan Patrick Show to its lineup as well as return Kornheiser to the lineup.
Only one week into "The New XM Sports Nation," Sporting News Radio announced that Tony Bruno was going to be cut from the network lineup. Technically, Bruno's last show was on January 18, and was followed up by a week of fill-ins, but it wasn't announced that it would be his last broadcast.
On July 14, 2008, XMSN was added to XM Radio Online.
Chris Russo joins Sirius XM Radio
In August 2008, Sirius XM Radio announced that Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, formerly of Mike and the Mad Dog from WFAN New York City, would be joining the network on both platforms. Russo's new show, subtitled "Mad Dog Unleashed," began September 15. The show runs from 2 PM to 7 PM Eastern time, shifting Claire B. Lang's "Dialed In" program, which was moved off XM Sports Nation and onto XM channel 144.
Sporting events broadcast by XM Sports Nation
- San Diego County Credit Union Bowl
- Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
- PetroSun Bowl
- Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone
- Brut Sun Bowl
- Insight Bowl
- Meineke Car Care Bowl
- MPC Computers Bowl
- Capital One Bowl
- 2007 BCS National Championship Game
- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
- GMAC Bowl
- Allstate Sugar Bowl
- FedEx Orange Bowl
- US Open
- 91st Indianapolis 500
- Southeastern Conference football games
- Allstate BCS National Championship Game
- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
- Allstate Sugar Bowl
- FedEx Orange Bowl
- American Le Mans Series
- IndyCar Series
- "XM Radio to Launch Exclusive Andretti Green Racing Show" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- "Tony Kornheiser to Air Nationwide on XM Satellite Radio" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- "College Football Kicks Off on XM Satellite Radio with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
- "'Dan Patrick Show' to Air Nationwide on XM Satellite Radio" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio via PRNewswire-FirstCal. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- SNRAffiliates.com. Bruno departs Sporting News Radio
- "American Le Mans Series Joins XM Satellite Radio's Motorsports Coverage Lineup" (Press release). PRNewswire via xmradio.com. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-13.