Over the past few months, we have reported on the decision at Sirius and XM to take their punk channels off the air, replacing it with an AC/DC channel. Some customer service representatives told us it was only temporary, some didn’t know. So we urged you to call and write and let them know the programming you wanted to hear.
The reps at Sirius and XM listened to our concerns and the reasons for some of us canceling our subscriptions, and then decided to let us know that the corporation doesn’t really care.
It’s official – Sirius and XM released their new channel lineups today, and neither Sirius 29: Punk nor Fungus will be returning to the airwaves.
Instead of Sirius 29: Punk, that slot will be filled with The Loft, a station playing “eclectic/acoustic rock.”
If you like Sirius 29: Punk, the fine folks at Sirius suggest you listen to Faction. Unfortunately, for those of us who had Sirius subscriptions, we know it’s not remotely the same station. According to the Faction Web site, the station plays “System of a Down, Offspring, NOFX, Metallica, 50 Cent, Green Day, Beastie Boys, AFI, Korn, Snoop Dogg, My Chemical Romance and Sex Pistols,” and that’s nothing like the lineup we got from the old punk channel. If I want to hear this lineup, I can hear it on the local “alternative” radio station.
You folks at XM, fear not; you’ll be getting a replacement as well. It’s also Faction, one of the stations that will be playing on both systems.
The punk channels weren’t the only ones hit; Boombox, a station that played great mashups, is also gone. In it’s place, Sirius recommends you listen to Alt Nation for “break beats and electro rock” which, according to that station’s site, means “Weezer, The Raconteurs, The Bravery, Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World.” Again, they’re taking something that was prized by a niche demographic (which satellite radio was supposed to cater to) and offering them an alternative they could get anywhere else.
Gone are the days of hearing great old school punk and deep cuts that you’d hear on no other radio station. Instead, you’ll be getting the same old play lists you’d hear on commercial radio.
Really, one wonders why satellite radio even continues this farce of subscription-based radio. Is it just so we can hear Howard Stern curse on the air? That’s a one-trick pony, and it’s not going to carry them forever.
So it seems that my satellite receiver is going to be relegated to a box on a shelf that also holds a bunch of floppy discs and an old Polaroid camera – technology that had its place in the sun, but is no longer worth its weight in plastic.
We have seen the future of the airwaves. It’s the same as the past.