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Old 12-01-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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Over at XM they have been getting pounded by Sirius Hits 1 in the Top 40 arena. XM has Hitlist (30), 20 on 20 (20), the Heat (68) and the Clear Channel run Kiss (21).

The Heat is a damn good rhythmic CHR and now that they have added DJ's it feels more like a radio station.

Kiss (Clear Channel or not) is actually better than both XM run Mainstream CHR's and has been breaking a lot of new music and playing a lot of old school tracks, but they have no DJ's and no personality and of course, the occasional commercial.

The problem is 20 on 20 and Hitlist suck. Hitlist, most would think, is the striaght ahead, mainstream Top 40 station. The one, most likely to match up to Sirius Hits 1. But no. Hitlist is basically a decades station covering Top 40 hits from 2000-2005 with a few of the big hits from 2006. 20 on 20 is the weird experiment from hell 24/7 all request jukebox of only the biggets hits.

Sirius Hits 1 is an excellent sounding and well run station with great DJ's, interactive shows and a weekly countdown. They break a ot of music and sound like a primo Top 40 station. XM has needed that badly.

News is now that they are revamping 20 on 20 and adding DJ's back to it, as well as adding some more DJ's to Hitlist too. Hopefully this will mean improvements there.

My hat continues to go off to Sirius Hits 1 for getting it right with one station.
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Over at XM they have been getting pounded by Sirius Hits 1 in the Top 40 arena. XM has Hitlist (30), 20 on 20 (20), the Heat (68) and the Clear Channel run Kiss (21).

The Heat is a damn good rhythmic CHR and now that they have added DJ's it feels more like a radio station.

Kiss (Clear Channel or not) is actually better than both XM run Mainstream CHR's and has been breaking a lot of new music and playing a lot of old school tracks, but they have no DJ's and no personality and of course, the occasional commercial.

The problem is 20 on 20 and Hitlist suck. Hitlist, most would think, is the striaght ahead, mainstream Top 40 station. The one, most likely to match up to Sirius Hits 1. But no. Hitlist is basically a decades station covering Top 40 hits from 2000-2005 with a few of the big hits from 2006. 20 on 20 is the weird experiment from hell 24/7 all request jukebox of only the biggets hits.

Sirius Hits 1 is an excellent sounding and well run station with great DJ's, interactive shows and a weekly countdown. They break a ot of music and sound like a primo Top 40 station. XM has needed that badly.

News is now that they are revamping 20 on 20 and adding DJ's back to it, as well as adding some more DJ's to Hitlist too. Hopefully this will mean improvements there.

My hat continues to go off to Sirius Hits 1 for getting it right with one station.

I'm a dual sub and yes I've been hearing the news about XM's 20 and Hitlist being revamped next week. We'll just have to see how it holds up though. And Yes, Hits 1 has always kicked XM's CHR's ass!
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Old 12-05-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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20 on 20 is much different now. Sounds good. I can take Hitlist being 2000-2005 focused now that 20 sounds more like a real CHR a la Hits 1.
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I have been listening for the last two days and trying to give it a chance but the station does not sound anything as good as SH1. They said they were going to what.. re-invent CHR? Yeah there are DJ's and a few more songs but it still sounds stale to me. I could care less about the countdowns. Does anybody even care what number the songs are since they just play them all the time anyway. I wish they would change it to one countdown per day.
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I have been listening for the last two days and trying to give it a chance but the station does not sound anything as good as SH1. They said they were going to what.. re-invent CHR? Yeah there are DJ's and a few more songs but it still sounds stale to me. I could care less about the countdowns. Does anybody even care what number the songs are since they just play them all the time anyway. I wish they would change it to one countdown per day.
Sirius Hits 1 is more of your traditional Top 40 channel, while XM seems like they're trying to establish or at least differentiate themselves and presenting Top 40 in a different way, at least in format. Has it being successful? Only one can judge.

Sirius Hits 1 is your typical FM Top 40 station without commercials: it focuses more on the current (What's Hot Now) hits and only on occasion they'll play "vault" chart-hits of the early to mid 2000s. Also, it's entertaining, gossip-friendly, Dj's all-around the hour, only a few countdowns weekly.

The new 20 on 20 is leaning more towards the traditional Top 40/CHR format while remaining focused on current hits ala Sirius Hits 1. Countdowns every 3 hours. Mininmal DJs around the clock, but not as much DJ interaction.

HitList is the essential "established" Top 40 hits of our new decade. They play our current Top 40 hits & while going back into the "Top 40 vault" and play recurrents of the years '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, & '06 that Sirius Hits 1 & Top 20 on 20 stopped playing.
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