Chrome (XM)

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Chrome XM logo.svg

area = Off-air
Slogan America's Classic Dance
Frequency XM 83
DirecTV 861
First air date 2001-09-25
Format Disco/classic dance
Class Satellite radio station
Owner XM Satellite Radio
Website ch 83

Chrome was one of ten dance/electronica music Commercial-free satellite radio channels operated by Sirius XM Radio on channel 83 (and since November 2005 on DirecTV 861), and was one of five dance music channels offered by XM. The channel played classic disco and dance music from the 1970s through the 1980s and freestyle music which was popular from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. On November 12, 2008, the channel was eliminated from the XM lineup with the XM/Sirius merger, and no equivalent music was made available.

Chrome was one of the first channels offered by XM Satellite Radio at launch; the first song played was "Get Down Tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band. The last song played was Donna Summer's "Last Dance." Among one of its jingling promos was "Where Disco DOESN'T Suck."

During November and December 2004, the channel was pre-empted for Special Xmas on the satellite service.[1][2]

Sirius/XM announced on December 16, 2008 that the format hole will filled by The Strobe (a channel that was heard exclusively on Sirius before its removal on November 12, 2008), the name of the disco/classic dance channel, effective January 15, 2009.[3]


  1. ^ "XM SATELLITE RADIO TO DELIVER THE GIFT OF HOLIDAY MUSIC" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2004-11-16. Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (2004-11-16). "Satcasters Deliver Holiday Channels". Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Disco and Old School Hip-Hop Channels Back by Popular Demand on SIRIUS XM Radio" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2008-12-16. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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