|Broadcast area||United States|
|First air date||August 18, 2008|
|Format||Active rock/Alternative rock|
|Former frequencies||XM channel 161 (2008–13)|
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Webcast||Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)|
Sixx Sense is a commercial radio channel available on iHeartRadio. The channel intersperses active rock and alternative rock with talk from hosts Nikki Sixx and Kerri Kasem. Sixx Sense was one of eleven channels produced by Clear Channel for broadcast on XM Satelllite Radio. Other Clear Channel XM stations include: America's Talk, Extreme Talk, ReachMD, and Talk Radio; as well as simulcasts of Fox Sports Radio, KIIS-FM, WGCI-FM, WHTZ, WLTW, and WSIX-FM. Advertising sales are handled by Premiere Networks.
Clear Channel sold off its ownership stake in Sirius XM Radio during the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. As a result of the sale, nine of Clear Channel's eleven XM stations, including Sixx Sense, will cease broadcast over XM Satellite Radio on October 18, 2013.
XM channel 161 originally launched as Discovery Channel Radio, and was heard on both XM and Sirius. On September 1, 2005, Discovery Channel Radio was removed from the XM lineup, and months later from Sirius. Eight months later, the channel was brought back to the lineup as a full-time simulcast of WSIX-FM in Nashville. This brought XM 161 under Clear Channel control, as they were able to select any vacant channel of their choosing. This was also the second time WSIX-FM was simulcast on XM, as it was also from 2001-2003 on channel 11, which was known as Nashville! until June 2011 and is now WSIX-FM yet again.
On Friday, August 8, 2008, WSIX left XM Radio for the second time, and the channel began stunting with a commercial free country format. The following Monday, XM 161 played Beatles music nonstop for twelve hours, afterwards reverting to the country format.
Rock@Random launched on XM on Monday, August 18, 2008, with the song Hush by Deep Purple. There is currently no information on whether or not the station will carry a personality-driven lineup.
In December 2008, Rock@Random adjusted their playlist to include newer rock music into the 80s and early 90s.
On June 10, 2009: Rock@Random again adjusted their playlist to include many 80's pop/rock songs with some 70's added-in, however, the playlist provided only 16 hours of music before it repeated again, and with the same song order.
Since then, Rock@Random does not repeat songs too frequently, and does not play the same songs in the same order. It provides a great variety of rock music that is safe for public places because to the editing of profanity. The range of music is from Iron Maiden to Bob Seger, Judas Priest to Pink Floyd, Nirvana to Fleetwood Mac. The station is listed with a "CM" logo, which means the station includes commercials.
On February 22, 2011: Rock@Random was replaced on XM channel 161 by Sixx Sense.
- Side Show - Sixx-hosted top 20 alternative rock countdown. Saturdays at 8 AM Eastern, repeated Sundays at 10 PM Eastern.
- Side Show - Sixx-hosted top 20 active rock countdown. Saturdays at 8 PM Eastern, repeated Sundays at 10 AM Eastern.