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|Broadcast area||United States, Canada|
|Slogan||The 1st Generation Of Classic Rock!|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 26
Dish Network 6026
|First air date||2002|
|Format||Early Classic rock|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: Classic Vinyl|
Classic Vinyl is a Sirius XM Radio channel focusing on classic rock music mostly from the late-1960s to the mid-1970s, with the channel's name meant to indicate that it consists of music that first appeared on vinyl records. This encompasses music from as far back as the early 1960s at times. It broadcasts on Sirius XM Radio channel 26 and Dish Network channel 6026.
Classic Vinyl was launched with the rest of the Sirius Satellite Radio lineup in 2002 as the classic rock channel for the station. From the beginning, the station has broadcast live 24/7 from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, in conjunction with a deal between Sirius and the Hall. Several other Sirius legacy channels have also had tie-ins with the Hall of Fame. Initially, the channel broadcast on Sirius channel 14. Like other Sirius legacy channels, Classic Vinyl had live DJs in between some songs except on the overnight hours.
Meanwhile, then-rival XM Satellite Radio broadcast a similar Classic rock channel called Top Tracks that aired much of the same programming as well as some overlapping programming from Classic Rewind, which airs the "later era" of classic rock. Top Tracks largely cut off at the start of the 1980s where Big Tracks would pick up, although it did air songs from Pink Floyd's The Wall (which was released in November 1979 but is generally viewed as a 1980s album) as well as John Lennon's songs from the 1980 album Double Fantasy just before his murder. Top Tracks aired on XM channel 46 and unlike Classic Vinyl, Top Tracks was completely automated.
As a result of the Sirius-XM merger, Classic Vinyl and Top Tracks merged on November 12, 2008. Although the Classic Vinyl name was carried over, the on-air format is largely that of Top Tracks, with the DJs from Classic Vinyl making on-air appearances. Most of the Top Tracks songs from about 1977 on were moved to Classic Rewind, which merged with Big Tracks. Classic Vinyl initially continued to broadcast from the legacy Sirius and XM channels of 14 and 46, respectively, after the merger of Classic Vinyl with Top Tracks. In 2011, Sirius XM largely realigned the channel lineups to match both services as well as group them by genre, moving Classic Vinyl to its current position on channel 26 for both Sirius and XM radios.
The on-air personalities, together with their publicity blurbs, are:
- Earle Bailey
Weekdays 6 am - 12 pm ET
Weekends 9 am - 12 pm ET
From on-air host to producer and news director, Earle Bailey's radio career took him from Bridgeport, CT to Philadelphia, where he produced and hosted Rock 'n' Roll Roots. The show featured artists and songs banished from "classic rock" formats.
- Nancy Alden
Tuesday - Thursday 12 pm - 6 pm ET
Nancy Alden has spent her entire radio career in Northeast Ohio from Akron to Cleveland. She is thrilled to share her 30-year knowledge of Classic Vinyl from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame studios. She is a dedicated animal advocate and volunteer at area pet shelters.
Weekdays 6 pm - 12 am ET
A bona-fide radio legend and one of a handful of DJs celebrated in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum, "Megless" actually went to school to be a veterinarian, but after getting a gig at a college radio station, she was hooked.
- Dusty Street
Weekends 12 pm - 6 pm ET
After years DJing in typical radio studios, Dusty is still getting used to her current location in Cleveland. "I'm 'working' at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's one thing to be in a radio studio full of cool posters… but I've got five floors of rock history to look at each day!"
Weekends 6 pm - 12 am ET
Dennis Elsas helped to shape the sound of the FM progressive revolution of the 1970s. Over the course of his career, he has interviewed John Lennon, Elton John, Pete Townshend and many others. A true record collector, he is proud to say he still has all of his original "classic vinyl!"
- Pink Floyd
- The Allman Brothers Band
- Bob Seger
- Grateful Dead
- The Rolling Stones
- The Beatles
- Jethro Tull
- Bob Dylan
- The Who
- Jimi Hendrix
- The Kinks
- Elton John
- Led Zeppelin
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- The Doors
- Eric Clapton
- Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
The internet player can be biased toward "earlier" (60s) or "later" (70s) artists and adjusted as to the amount of British artists which play.