The Message (Sirius XM)
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|Broadcast area||United States
Faith, Hope and Musicairdate = April 17, 2006
|Frequency||Sirius XM 63
Dish Network 6063
|Format||Christian CHR, Southern Gospel, and Rock|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: The Message|
The Message is a contemporary Christian pop & rock radio format, heard on Sirius XM Radio channel 63 and Dish Network channel 6063 (formerly 6066) until Sirius XM's Watercolors took the spot on May 4. Until February 9, 2010, it was on DirecTV channel 826 until DirecTV no longer carries this programming Sirius XM programming in favor of using Sonic Tap by DMX. As of Winter 2014, SiriusXM reported more than 27 million subscribers.
The Message plays Christian pop and rock hits from the 80s through today. Newsboys, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Kutless, Third Day, and Switchfoot are just a few artists that can be found on this channel.
The channel's slogan is "The Power and Positive Impact of Christian Pop and Rock Music."
Before April 17, 2006 (when most commercial-free XM channels launched), channel 32 was known as The Fish, and was programmed by Salem Communications. It also did not include Christian rock music, which was relegated to The Torch.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) honored SiriusXM in October of 2014 with its "Outstanding Mainstream Contribution to Gospel Music" Award. The satellite company's three faith-based channels, including The Message, programmed by Al Skop, were recognized for their impact on Christian Music and its audience.
- Doug Hannah
- Tom Carter
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