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Sirius/XM to launch fab new Beatles Radio Channel

The Beatles will be coming to satellite radio in a big way at 9:09 a.m. ET May 18, Sirius/XM announced May 2. The company said in a press release it will launch an all-Fab Four Beatles channel. Besides music, the new channel will feature look backs at their history, stories about the band and round table discussions.

"Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love," said Ringo Starr in today’s announcement. "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 McCartney promoting the new venture. “The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week."

"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, said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM.

Here is a rundown of what you’ll be hearing on the channel:

  • Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show emceed by Chris Carter, the host of a long-running Sunday Beatles show in the Los Angeles area also called Breakfast With the Beatles and another SiriusXM show, Chris Carter’s British Invasion. The daily BWTB will have “music, stories and all things Beatles.” “I want to thank both Sirius/XM and the entire The Beatles organization for including my show to their M-F line-up! We all know breakfast is the most important meal and the Beatles are the most important band so it’s a perfect fit!,” Carter told AXS.com.

  • A Day in the Life: Daily updates on Beatles career milestones.

  • My Fab Four: A daily show featuring four favorite Beatles songs played by a guest DJ that could be a musician influenced by the Beatles, a celebrity or super fan.

  • Beatle Bites: A daily "name that tune" feature giving listeners the chance to guess a Beatles song after hearing a short snippet.

  • The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in round table show to be hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas and TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan. Elsas is known among Beatles fans for a wonderful 1974 on-air interview with John Lennon.

  • Peter Asher: From Me To You: Asher, who was one-half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon that recorded several Lennon-McCartney songs including their breakout hit “World Without Love,” will talk each week about his Beatles memories. Asher told AXS.com that each episode of the show, which premieres May 25, will begin with a Peter & Gordon song and then add songs that are linked to create a story. For the past few years, Asher has toured with his own Memoirs show that features many Beatles anecdotes.

  • Magical Mini Concert: A fantasy concert featuring live Beatles group and solo music.

  • Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: TV producer and author Flanagan will discuss the Beatles’ story, their music and the effect it had on their fans.

  • Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: This monthly show hosted by Geoff Lloyd will add a British perspective.

A special phone number (844-999-BEATLES) has been set up for fans to request songs and tell Beatles stories.

The launch of the channel comes about a week before the release of highly-anticipated new Beatles CD sets on May 26 that pay homage to the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” They are highlighted by new 2017 remixes of the album produced by Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The album’s new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes were made using The Beatles’ original session tapes guided by the album’s original mono album mix that was preferred by the Beatles. On June 1, the SiriusXM Beatles channel will itself celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album’s release by playing the new 2017 stereo mix in its entirety with added commentary by Sir George Martin and his son Giles.

SiriusXM said the new Beatles Channel programming will be part of its free preview May 17 to May 30 that will be available to anyone who has a SiriusXM satellite radio whether they a subscriber or not.