The Pulse (Sirius XM)
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|Broadcast area||United States
|Slogan||2000s & today|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 15
Dish Network 6015
|First air date||April 17, 2006 (as Flight 26)
November 12, 2008 (as The Pulse)
|Format||Hot adult contemporary|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: The Pulse|
The Pulse is a Sirius XM Radio station that plays music from the late 2000s and present-day on channel 15 and Dish Network channel 6015. Every half-hour The Pulse's Jim Ryan or Ron Ross reviews music news on tours, future albums, and other topics covered.
The channel debuted on XM Satellite Radio channel 26 and DirecTV channel 818 on April 17, 2006 as Flight 26 in response to demands by former shareholder Clear Channel Communications (who owns the similarly-formatted Mix on channel 22), and was programmed by New York City native Mike Abrams. XM agreed that Clear Channel Communications can add commercials to channels which it already provides programming to, such as KISS, Sunny, and Mix. In response, XM changed their slogan from "100% commercial-free music" to "the most commercial-free music channels on satellite radio". In the United States, the newly commercialized channels were moved, whereas they were deleted outright from XM Canada. XM described Flight 26 as "Modern Hits of the 90's & Now," although since it leans towards Hot AC, the station plays no urban music. The music is targeted for the younger adult group, especially for those who are age 16 or older, and the station played music from such artists as John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Green Day, The Fray, Avril Lavigne, Uncle Kracker, Lisa Loeb, P!nk, Colbie Caillat, Counting Crows, and Nickelback. During its tenure as Flight 26, it was XM's second-most-listened-to channel after Top 20 on 20.
On November 12, 2008, during the consolidation of XM and Sirius programming, Flight 26 took The Pulse branding that lived on Sirius channel 9, which aired a 1990s/hot AC hybrid, and that channel number is now The 90s on 9. Also, the new Pulse was added to channel 12 on Sirius Satellite Radio. As a result, the old Pulse ceased operations due to the fact for the old Pulse ranked #9 in the Sirius ratings, and Flight 26 had higher ratings than the old Pulse. A number of Flight 26 on-air personalities joined The Pulse and continue broadcasting under The Pulse branding. The Bridge (which became Led Zeppelin Radio for two months) forced its move from channel 12 to channel 33 (replacing SIRIUS Disorder). However, Mediabase reports The Pulse's playlist under X026-FM rather than S012-FM.
The Pulse's airchecks were changed to the same voiceover as the old Flight 26 branding rather than carry the old jingles from the old Sirius 9 channel.
Most recently, to encounter sister channel The Blend's overhaul in September 2009, The Pulse dropped most of the 1990s songs that can already be heard on sister channel '90s on 9. The slogan was also changed to "2000s and today."