Specials (Sirius XM)
|Broadcast area||United States
|First air date||2008-11-12|
|Format||Holiday & Special Occasions|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
Specials is a part-time satellite radio channel which plays select special events and shows for Sirius and XM. When the channel was XM Live, some special events were broadcast in XM HD Surround, which was a 5.1 surround sound audio/CD quality stereo feed. XM Live broadcast musical events, concerts, sporting events, and weekly talk shows. The channel is available to XM Satellite Radio customers on Channel 120, And to Sirius Satellite Radio customers on Channel 113.
When Specials first began on XM as XM Live, it was part of the hits section on XM26 (The Pulse now sits there). Its original purpose was to play live musical events (live as in on-stage, since most were recorded). Special events at the time were a part of Special X. On September 14, 2002, XM Live was moved to channel 168, where its format stayed the same for a couple more years. In 2004, the channel was moved to 200, and the live performances format was dropped so that XM Live could be a multi-purpose special events channel. The channel would play select sporting events, concerts, and some of XM's exclusive series such as Artist Confidential and Then...Again...Live!. In 2005, XM Live was doubled into 2 channels (the other on XM201) for the Live 8 multi-cast on XM. Since early 2006, XM Live has not played the Artist Confidential or Then...Again...Live! series', instead leaving those for the music channels in which they simulcast on. XM Live has also opened itself up to exclusive talk show programming, starting with 60/20 Sports with James Carville and Luke Russert. In July 2006, XM Live began airing The Agenda with Joe Solmonese. The Agenda currently streams through XM Radio Online channel 137
In April 2007, XM Live moved to XM channel 120 to make more room for XM's college play-by-play channels. Big East Conference games had been broadcast by channel previously.
Since its move the channel has been more focused on niche programming, such as special weekends of music devoted to a specific theme, usually coinciding with a holiday i.e. Labor Day (songs relating to cars), 4 July (music with a patriotic theme). While special events have all but moved to music channels, or to XMX. The channel also occasionally broadcast news events, or programming relating to it.
On September 30, 2008, XM Live was deleted from the XM lineup. XMX handled most of XM's special event programming. XM has not indicated whether or not they would continue their micro-channels.
On November 12, 2008 XM Live Returned to the lineup as Specials. The channel was also added to Sirius (SR 113) following the XM/Sirius Merger. Also, XMX was dropped from the XM lineup.
List of shows and events Specials had broadcast when it was XM Live
- 2004 National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Bob Edwards
- Vote For Change Concert
- Indianapolis 500
- An Evening of Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief
- FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer team draw
- Coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the naming of Pope Benedict XVI
- Live 8
- From Be Bop To Hip Hop
- US Open
- XM Nation: Operation Helping Hand Live Broadcast
- 20th Anniversary Farm Aid Concert
- Mozart 250th Commemoration Concert in Salzburg
- 2006 & 2007 Grammy Awards
- Rock in Rio
- 60/20 Sports (moved to XM Sports Nation)
- Artist Confidential Series (moved to music channels)
- Then...Again...Live! Series (moved to music channels)
- Before the Music Dies documentary 
- XM/Sirius merger investor phone conference
- XM Green: Radio Ireland 
- Big East conference games (moved to channel 203)
- Play Ball! 
- Virginia Tech massacre local radio relay of WFIR, WXLK and WSLQ.
- Memory Almost Full: Paul McCartney's New CD
- XM Summer 
- Uncle Sam 
- Christmas in July 
- 2007-08-08 Endeavor Space Shuttle Launch
- Car-B-Q 
- 2007 U.S. Open
- Mardi Gras
- Christmas Mass in Rome
- Party City
- Pope Benedict XVI in America
- The Agenda
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- "XM to Offer First-Ever Irish Music Channel as Part of St. Patrick's Day Holiday Programming Lineup" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- "Baseball's Back, and XM Radio's Got Every Game" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- "Virginia Tech local coverage and reaction on XM". 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
- "Summer 2007". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
- "Celebrate Black Music Month on XM Program Schedule". Archived from the original on 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
- "Uncle Sam". Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- "Christmas in July". Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "Car-B-Q". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
- "Igor on XM". Retrieved 2007-10-22.
- "XM Radio Joins with EWTN Global Catholic Network to Launch 'Papal U.S. Visit '08' Channel on XM" (Press release). PR Newswire via xmradio.com. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
XM, EWTN to host six-day XM channel devoted to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States April 15–20