Sirius XM Pops
|Broadcast area||United States
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 75
Dish Network 6079
|First air date||September 25, 2001 (as XM Pops)
November 12, 2008 (as Sirius XM Pops)
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
Sirius XM Pops is a Sirius XM Satellite Radio station devoted to popular classical music. It is available on XM channel 75 (previously 77), Sirius channel 75 (previously 79) and Dish Network channel 6079. Until February 9, 2010, it was heard on Direct TV channel 866. Preston Trombly, Paul Bachmann, Vincent Caruso, Martin Goldsmith, and Lauren Rico are the channel's principal on-air voices.
The channel launched on XM in 2001 as XM Pops on channel 113. It moved to its channel number 77 and acquired its current name after merging with the SIRIUS Pops channel on November 12, 2008. It also acquired the same logo from its old Sirius counterpart. In addition, it is the only Sirius XM classical channel that was XM-exclusive until the channel merger. On Sirius Canada, the channel retains the Sirius Pops name.
On July 10th, 2014, Sirius XM suddenly announced that Sirius XM Pops would be removed from the service on the 17th. The programming of Pops will merge with Symphony Hall and also remain online.
- The Long Play
- Weekdays at 1 pm ET
- Long-form classical masterpieces played from beginning to end.
- Saturdays at 7 pm ET
- Sundays at 11 pm ET
- An exploration of alternative and crossover classical music, hosted by Paul Bachmann.
- Pops on Film
- Fridays at 9 pm ET
- Sundays at 5 pm ET
- Meet the music and the composers that support the action on screen, from Hollywood's Golden Age to the current leading film composers. Hosted by Vincent Caruso.
- A monthly program exploring the links between classical music and popular culture, hosted by Peter Cummings.
The channel is pre-empted each year for a "Holiday Pops" format featuring vocal and instrumental Christmas music. This format change generally runs from shortly after Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Day.
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