Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr launching The Beatles radio station
2nd May 2017
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are launching an online radio channel dedicated to The Beatles.
The two surviving members of the Fab Four have teamed up with bosses at America's SiriusXM radio network to create the channel, which will feature non-stop programming dedicated to the band's music, history and legacy.
"I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later," said Paul in a statement.
The channel will feature shows playing the band's hits, lesser known tracks, live recordings, as well as tracks from the solo albums of Paul and Ringo, as well as the late John Lennon and George Harrison.
Ringo added, "Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, any time at all. Peace and Love."
It will also feature live phone-ins for fans to share their favourite Beatles memories, as well as shows exploring the group's impact on the U.K. and U.S.
Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's president and chief content officer, said that he was excited to launch the project.
"We've worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band's music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo," he said.
The Beatles Channel will launch on 18 May (17).
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The Beatles Channel: Coming exclusively to SiriusXM on May 18
by SiriusXM Editors
May 2, 2017
Come Together for the Revolution, and Help! us make music history.
The Beatles’ first-ever official radio channel — The Beatles Channel — is coming exclusively to SiriusXM on May 18 at 9:09 am ET on Channel 18.
Celebrating popular music’s most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.
The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.
“I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio,” McCartney said. “But I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”
Ringo Starr added: “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”
The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday, May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.
The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:
Breakfast with The Beatles
A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.
A Day in the Life
A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.
My Fab Four
A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super-fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.
A daily “name the song” quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.
A Dedicated Phone Number
844-999-BEATLES is a dedicated line for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.
The Fab Fourum
A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.
Peter Asher: From Me To You
He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.
Magical Mini Concert
A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.
Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan
A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.
Get Back: The Beatles in Britain
A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.
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