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Broadcast areaUnited States
SloganNorth America's Indie Rock Station
FrequencySirius XM Radio 35
Dish Network 6035
First air dateSeptember 2001
ClassSatellite radio
OwnerSirius XM Holdings
WebsiteSiriusXM: SiriusXMU

SiriusXMU (formerly XMU, and known as Sirius U on Sirius Canada, although Sirius receivers list it as Sirius XM U) is an indie pop, indie rock, unsigned artist music channel on XM Satellite Radio channel 35[1] (previously 43).

On November 12, 2008, it was added to Sirius 26 (replacing the Left of Center channel), moving to Sirius 35 on May 4, 2011,[2] and Dish Network channel 6026. Until February 9, 2010, it was on Direct TV channel 831. The XM DJs were replaced with Sirius DJs, and acquired its current name, even though the channel is still listed as X043-FM by Mediabase. Sirius XM describes the channel as "North America's Indie Rock Station" and primarily airs artists who are signed to independent labels. The channel frequently plays songs from an artist's full album instead of just the singles. The Wall Street Journal has described XMU as "XM's alternative-music channel."[3]

The station name implies a "college radio" theme ("XM University").

Featured shows[edit]

  • Blog Radio (, My Old Kentucky Blog, BrooklynVegan, Gorilla vs. Bear, Aquarium Drunkard)
  • SiriusXMU Download 15
  • SiriusXMU Sessions (formerly "Left of Sessions" prior to the Sirius/XM merger and was on the former channel Left of Center)
  • SiriusXMU Old School Show


Active DJs[edit]

Former DJs[edit]

The station once featured DJ's Billy Zero and Tobi. Both were released from XM upon the launch of the merged Sirius-XM lineup.[4]

Christopher the Minister left Sirius on November 14, 2008, after six and a half years as a DJ on (formerly) Left of Center and Alt Nation.[5]

Jake Fogelnest left Sirius in November, 2014, to pursue a TV writing career.

Internet version[edit]

The internet version can be customized to bias toward electronic versus guitar based indie, indie hits versus obscure, and American versus international.


  1. ^ "XM Channel Lineup" (PDF). 2011-05-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  2. ^ "Sirius Channel Lineup" (PDF). 2011-05-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  3. ^ Bounds, Gwendolyn (April 12, 2006). "Music Promoter Finds a Digital-Age Niche". Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Darlene Darcy; Tierney Plumb. "Sirius XM makes cuts to XM in D.C." Washington Business Journal. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  5. ^ Retrieved 2009-03-13.

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