Sirius XM satellite radio launching Beatles channel

May 3 (UPI) — Sirius XM has announced a new Beatles satellite radio channel set to launch on May 18.

The channel will feature songs from throughout the iconic band’s catalog and other programming that includes daily guest DJ sessions with a well-known Beatles fan, a weekly airing of Beatles-related live recordings, “name the song” trivia games and a hotline for fans to call in to discuss their favorite Beatles memories, Rolling Stone reported.

“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,” Sirius president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a statement. “The channel will be all things Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.”

Surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr endorse the idea.

McCartney said, “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. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, ‘8 days a week.'”

Starr said, “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.”

On May 26, the Beatles will release a special 50th anniversary edition of their 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


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