The System (satellite radio)

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The System
Broadcast area Eastern, Southeast Asia
Middle East
Slogan The Electronic Civilization
Frequency AsiaStar 202
First air date 1999
Format Various Electronic and Dance
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner 1worldspace
Sister stations U-Pop, Ngoma, WorldZone
Website The System

The System is a radio channel on WorldSpace Satellite Radio. The System's format is dance and electronic music.

The System on WorldSpace[edit]

The System is heard on WorldSpace's AsiaStar satellite channel 202. The channel is broadcast only on the AsiaStar satellite, covering the southern parts of the Asian continent and portions of the Middle East. The format on WorldSpace is a variety of dance music from mainstream to underground to downtempo. A number of weekly shows produced by global DJs and producers are offered.

The System on XM[edit]

The System was heard in the United States and Canada as one of the then-ten dance/electronic music satellite channels operated by Sirius XM Radio, which in turn operated as one of XM Satellite Radio's then-five dance/electronic formatted offerings, broadcasting on XM channel 82, through a legacy business relationship between 1worldspace and XM. The format of The System on XM focused on trance, breaks, electronica, and progressive dance music. WorldSpace was referenced in sounders as the producer of the channel's content.

The System on XM featured WorldSpace-hosted shows such as The Mutant Dance Party and Subterranean, plus in-house-produced dance music news updates. It also offered the XM-exclusive Afterglow Sessions and Genetic Blueprint. A large number of weekly shows produced by global DJs and producers were offered.




On WorldSpace, The System presents:

  • A State of Trance - This 2-hour show is hosted by Dutch trance producer Armin van Buuren and has a large weekly audience. The show has been focused on promoting new artists and releases since its debut in 2001 on ID&T radio in the Netherlands
  • Trance Around the World - Above & Beyond (English trance DJs Jonathan Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki) are the hosts of this successful and popular 2-hour show
  • Anjunabeats Worldwide - Rotating hosts James Grant, Mark Pledger, Super 8 & Tab, Oliver Smith, and Anjunabeats label guest DJs (2 hours)
  • Subterranean - Zoltar (2 hours)
  • Nocturnal - English DJ and producer Matt Darey's 2-hour show
  • VONYC Sessions - German DJ and producer Paul van Dyk's 2-hour show
  • Rush Hour - Christopher Lawrence (2 hours)

Featured artists[edit]

Tiësto, Deadmau5, Sander van Doorn, Alex Gold, Underworld, Basshunter, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Überzone, Sasha, The Orb, Timo Maas, Armin van Buuren, Agnelli & Nelson, Orbital, Ferry Corsten, Solarstone, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, BT



On XM, The System carried many radio shows from leading DJs worldwide, including:

  • A State of Trance
  • Trance Around the World
  • European Union - Rotating hosts Menno De Jong with Radio Intuition from the Netherlands, Miika Kuisma with Intelligent Design from Finland, Elusive with Oslo Nights from Norway and Martin Roth with Shockwave from Germany (2 hours)
  • Lost Episode - New York DJ Victor Dinaire's 2-hour show
  • Solaris International - Solarstone/Agnelli & Nelson (2 hours)
  • Anjunabeats Worldwide
  • Afterglow Sessions - Germany's Afterglow label produces this show with hosts including Duende, Store N Forward, Duderstadt, Haris C, and Plastic Angel (2 hours)
  • Transatlantic - DJ Preach (2 hours)
  • Genetic Blueprint - Kelowna - Darkwave, industrial and synthpop dance music (2 hours)
  • Subterranean - Zoltar (2 hours)
  • Mutant Dance Party - Zoltar (weeknights, 4 hours)
  • 82 Second System Update - Music news and shows by Alan Freed

Featured artists[edit]

Tiësto, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Sander van Doorn, Überzone, Sasha, The Orb, Timo Maas, Armin van Buuren, Agnelli & Nelson, Orbital, Ferry Corsten, Solarstone, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, BT

Post Merger[edit]

On 2008-11-12, To the outrage of many, The System was removed from the XM satellite service due to Sirius XM's channel merge. However, it continued to be available on XM Online and DirecTV, although no new programming (music and syndicated programs) was being produced.

On 2009-02-06, The System was completely discontinued on XM and was removed from DirecTV and XM Online.

1worldspace has filed for bankruptcy[1] and the likelihood of the channel returning to radio or continuing long term at all is slim. Alan Freed has stated that whether or not Sirius XM returns The System to satellite delivery neither he or Zoltar would be involved because they are no longer associated with WorldSpace.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WorldSpace, Inc. Voluntarily Files for Bankruptcy Protection" (Press release). 1worldspace. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 

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