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Old 11-06-2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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Dear Sirius,

I am an avid fan of country music. My favorite decade of country music is the 1980s. I am 27 years old and grew up listening to country music during that decade. Some of my fondest memories of childhood have to go along with the music I listened to. I remember being 4 years old and going to the record store to pick up a 45 copy of "Islands In The Stream" and how many times I played it on my record player when I was little. I became discontent with country music sometime in my teens (in the mid 1990s) because radio just would not touch the great country music of the 1980s. The trend was towards "New Country" and country radio became very progressive and current Top 40 oriented.

The concept of satellite radio here in the 2000s in absolutely wonderful. To be able to have countless channels of uninterrupted commercial free music anywhere I am whether I am at home, work, or on vacation in the car is a dream come true for a music fan like myself. However, I feel that I need to voice my opinion that I feel Sirius has done a very poor job of programming their two stations which focus on non-current country music: (61) Prime Country and (62) Roadhouse.

In spending countless hours listening to the two stations, it has really struck me over the last year that there seem to be a lot of songs that are just not played, especially from the 1980s, on either of the two channels. Also, it seems as if other songs are played very frequently. I understand the Sirius takes a more "hits based" approach to programming their channels, and I have no problem with that at all. As a matter of fact, I feel that can be a very good thing. I am a dual subscriber and have XM as well and have to say that listening to their classic country channel, (10) America, can truly be an ordeal. I have to sit through music from artists who have no place on a classic country channel, like Heather Myles, Brian Burns, Robert Earl Keen, and many many Chris LeDoux songs in order to hear a song that was a hit in the 70s or 80s. The "hits based" approach Sirius takes does make sense to me.

However, through using the resources of DogstarRadio.Com to track the playlists of the two stations, and my favorite book by Joel Whitburn which lists every song to hit the Billboard music charts, I have done a little research project. I took, alphabetically by artist name from A to G every song to reach #1 during the 1980s on Billboard's country music chart and looked up how many times the songs have been played on Sirius' country streams in the month of October 2006. The statistics I found are absolutely amazing to me as to how much hit country music is completely missing from Sirius.

Of artists alphabetically from A-Z, 82 out of 180 (45.5%) of songs that reached #1 on the Billboard country chart have not been played AT ALL on Sirius in October 2006. These are not at all obscure songs that anybody can argue should be left out of a "classic country" playlist. These are songs that are hits and definitely need to be included on Sirius' country programming.

I have made a chart of each #1 country song from the 1980s, along with the number of plays the song has gotten on both (61) Prime Country and (62) Roadhouse in the month of October 2006:


S-61 S-62

Alabama Can't Keep A Good Man Down 0 0
Alabama Close Enough To Perfect 11 0
Alabama Dixieland Delight 24 0
Alabama Fallin' Again 0 0
Alabama Feels So Right 4 0
Alabama Forty Hour Week (For A Livin') 14 0
Alabama High Cotton 15 2
Alabama If I Had You 0 0
Alabama If You're Gonna Play In Texas 8 0
Alabama Lady Down On Love 8 0
Alabama Love In The First Degree 14 0
Alabama Mountain Music 14 0
Alabama Old Flame 0 0
Alabama Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) 15 2
Alabama She And I 0 0
Alabama Song Of The South 22 0
Alabama Take Me Down 15 0
Alabama Tennessee River 11 0
Alabama The Closer You Get 20 0
Alabama There's A Fire In The Night 0 0
Alabama There's No Way 12 0
Alabama Touch Me When We're Dancing 0 0
Alabama When We Make Love 7 0
Alabama Why Lady Why 0 0
Alabama You've Got The Touch 0 0
Alabama & K. T. Oslin Face To Face 0 0
Anne Murray A Little Good News 0 7
Anne Murray Blessed Are The Believers 0 11
Anne Murray Could I Have This Dance 0 9
Anne Murray Just Another Woman In Love 0 7
Anne Murray Now And Forever (You And Me) 0 0
Anne Murray & Dave Loggins Nobody Loves Me Like You Do 0 12
B J Thomas New Looks From An Old Lover 0 0
B J Thomas What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Love 0 0
Barbara Mandrell I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool 0 10
Barbara Mandrell One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools 0 0
Barbara Mandrell Til' You're Gone 0 0
Barbara Mandrell Years 0 11
Bellamy Brothers Dancin' Cowboys 0 12
Bellamy Brothers Do You Love As Good As You Look 0 10
Bellamy Brothers For All The Wrong Reasons 0 13
Bellamy Brothers I Need More Of You 0 11
Bellamy Brothers Kids Of The Baby Boom 0 0
Bellamy Brothers Redneck Girl 13 10
Bellamy Brothers Sugar Daddy 0 8
Bellamy Brothers When I'm Away From You 0 7
Bellamy Brothers & Forester Sisters Too Much Is Not Enough 0 12
Charley Pride Honky Tonk Blues 0 0
Charley Pride Mountain Of Love 0 8
Charley Pride Never Been So Loved (In All My Life) 0 14
Charley Pride Night Games 0 0
Charley Pride Why Baby Why 0 0
Charley Pride You Win Again 0 0
Charley Pride You're So Good When You're Bad 0 11
Charly McClain Radio Heart 0 0
Charly McClain Who's Cheatin' Who 15 13
Clint Black A Better Man 22 0
Clint Black Killin' Time 12 0
Conway Twitty Ain't She Somethin' Else 0 0
Conway Twitty Desperado Love 0 0
Conway Twitty Don't Call Him A Cowboy 0 6
Conway Twitty I Don't Know A Thing About Love (The Moon Song) 0 8
Conway Twitty I'd Love To Lay You Down 0 6
Conway Twitty Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night 0 6
Conway Twitty Rest Your Love On Me 0 9
Conway Twitty Slow Hand 0 9
Conway Twitty Somebody's Needin' Somebody 0 0
Conway Twitty The Clown 0 8
Conway Twitty The Rose 0 7
Conway Twitty Tight Fittin' Jeans 0 11
Cristy Lane One Day At A Time 0 0
Crystal Gayle Baby, What About You 0 13
Crystal Gayle Cry 0 0
Crystal Gayle If You Ever Change Your Mind 0 7
Crystal Gayle It's Like We Never Said Goodbye 0 11
Crystal Gayle Our Love Is On The Faultline 0 0
Crystal Gayle Straight To The Heart 0 0
Crystal Gayle The Sound Of Goodbye 0 0
Crystal Gayle Til I Gain Control Again 0 0
Crystal Gayle Too Many Lovers 0 0
Crystal Gayle Turning Away 0 0
Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris Makin' Up For Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers' Song) 0 0
Dan Seals Addicted 0 0
Dan Seals Big Wheels In The Moonlight 13 0
Dan Seals Bop 7 0
Dan Seals Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) 5 0
Dan Seals I Will Be There 0 0
Dan Seals One Friend 0 0
Dan Seals Three Time Loser 0 0
Dan Seals You Still Move Me 8 0
Dan Seals & Marie Osmond Meet Me In Montana 0 10
David Frizzell I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home 0 14
David Frizzell & Shelly West You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma 0 12
Debby Boone Are You On The Road To Lovin' Me 0 0
Desert Rose Band He's Back And I'm Blue 0 0
Desert Rose Band I Still Believe In You 0 0
Dolly Parton 9 to 5 24 10
Dolly Parton But You Know I Love You 0 0
Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You 2 6
Dolly Parton Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You 0 11
Dolly Parton Starting Over Again 0 0
Dolly Parton Tennessee Homesick Blues 0 9
Dolly Parton Think About Love 0 0
Dolly Parton Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That 26 0
Dolly Parton Yellow Roses 0 0
Don Williams Heartbeat In The Darkness 0 0
Don Williams I Believe In You 0 7
Don Williams If Hollywood Don't Need You 0 4
Don Williams Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good 0 10
Don Williams Love Is On A Roll 0 7
Don Williams Love Me Over Again 0 6
Don Williams Stay Young 0 5
Don Williams That's The Thing About Love 0 7
Dottie West Are You Happy Baby 0 0
Dottie West Lesson In Leavin' 0 10
Dwight Yoakam I Sang Dixie 0 2
Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens Streets Of Bakersfield 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Angel In Disguise 11 15
Earl Thomas Conley Chance Of Lovin' You 13 12
Earl Thomas Conley Don't Make It Easy For Me 0 10
Earl Thomas Conley Fire And Smoke 0 9
Earl Thomas Conley Holding Her And Loving You 6 10
Earl Thomas Conley Honor Bound 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley I Can't Win For Losin' You 0 2
Earl Thomas Conley Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks) 0 11
Earl Thomas Conley Love Out Loud 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Nobody Falls Like A Fool 11 10
Earl Thomas Conley Once In A Blue Moon 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Right From The Start 0 2
Earl Thomas Conley Somewhere Between Right And Wrong 0 9
Earl Thomas Conley That Was A Close One 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley What I'd Say 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley What She Is (Is A Woman In Love) 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Your Love's On The Line 0 8
Earl Thomas Conley & Emmylou Harris We Believe In Happy Endings 0 0
Ed Bruce You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had 0 13
Eddie Rabbitt Drivin' My Life Away 27 10
Eddie Rabbitt Gone Too Far 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt I Love A Rainy Night 24 10
Eddie Rabbitt I Wanna Dance With You 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight 18 5
Eddie Rabbitt Step By Step 24 7
Eddie Rabbitt The Best Year Of My Life 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt The Wanderer 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt You Can't Run From Love 13 5
Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gale You And I 8 0
Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers) 0 0
Eddy Raven Bayou Boys 0 0
Eddy Raven I Got Mexico 14 0
Eddy Raven I'm Gonna Get You 0 0
Eddy Raven In A Letter To You 0 0
Eddy Raven Joe Knows How To Live 0 0
Eddy Raven Shine, Shine, Shine 0 0
Elvis Presley Guitar Man 0 0
Emmylou Harris Beneath Still Waters 0 13
Emmylou Harris Lost His Love (On Our Last Date) 0 0
Exile Crazy For Your Love 0 0
Exile Give Me One More Chance 0 0
Exile Hang On To Your Heart 0 0
Exile I Can't Get Close Enough 0 0
Exile I Could Get Used To You 0 0
Exile I Don't Want To Be A Memory 12 0
Exile It'll Be Me 0 0
Exile She's A Miracle 0 0
Exile She's Too Good To Be True 0 0
Exile Woke Up In Love 15 0
Forester Sisters I Fell In Love Again Last Night 0 0
Forester Sisters Just In Case 0 0
Forester Sisters Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes 0 0
Forester Sisters You Again 0 0
Garth Brooks If Tomorrow Never Comes 7 0
Gary Morris 100% Chance Of Rain 0 0
Gary Morris Baby Bye Bye 0 0
Gary Morris I'll Never Stop Loving You 0 0
Gary Morris Leave Me Lonely 0 0
Gatlin Brothers Houston 14 13
Gene Watson Fourteen Carat Mind 0 11
George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today 3 8
George Jones I Always Get Lucky With You 0 5
George Jones Still Doin' Time 0 2


There are two things about this chart that just amaze me and I am hoping somebody at Sirius will be as passionate about classic country music as I am and will take it upon themself to fix. The first thing is the fact by just about every artist, there are some songs that are played a ton and some songs that just aren't played at all. Take Dolly Parton for instance. Prime Country played "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That" 26 times in October, yet never once played her #1 hit "Think About Love." Roadhouse has played "Never Been So Loved" by Charley Pride 14 times in October, but didn't play "Honky Tonk Blues", "Night Games", "Why Baby Why", or "You Win Again" once. I feel that it is a matter of either poor programming or possibly never having been told about this problem and I feel it needs to come to your attention.

Many more instances can be found of this neglect in this table. The only song by Gary Morris on either (61) or (62) in October was "Headed For A Heartache". Yet, out of his 4 #1 songs from the 1980s, not a single one was played once. Another instance is the band Exile. Eight of their ten #1 country singles have not been played once, yet their other two, "Woke Up In Love" and "I Don't Want To Be A Memory" have been played a combined 27 times on Prime Country in the month of October. It just doesn't make sense to me that so many great country songs are omitted between the two channels that were #1 hits.

The second thing that amazes me about the country programming on Sirius is how inconsistent Roadhouse is at playing all of the artists the belong on a classic country channel. I don't feel that Roadhouse should worry about overlapping songs with Prime Country. It is clear to me that as a fan of country music from the 1980s, Roadhouse would be a good channel to listen to. I find it very inconsistent to hear classic country from Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, Earl Thomas Conley, and Eddie Rabbitt on Roadhouse, but not a basicly nothing from Alabama, George Strait, Reba McEntire, or Steve Wariner on Roadhouse. I understand the fact that Sirius feels that the music is covered on Prime Country as well, however the fact of the matter is that anybody who likes songs like "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good" and "Meet Me In Montana" which appear on Roadhouse and are from the 1980s are also going to want to hear "Close Enough To Perfect" and "Whoever's In New England" on the same channel. Alabama and Reba McEntire are just as much classic country as Don Williams and Dan Seals. Sirius should spend less time worrying about overlapping the music. If the playlists of the two channels were deep enough, and by deep I don't mean obscure music, I mean playing everything that was a top 5 hit, there wouldn't need to be a concern for overlapping the two channels.

It amazes me as well that 82 out of 180 of the #1 songs on this list have not been played on either of the two channels in the past month:


Alabama Can't Keep A Good Man Down 0 0
Alabama Fallin' Again 0 0
Alabama If I Had You 0 0
Alabama Old Flame 0 0
Alabama She And I 0 0
Alabama There's A Fire In The Night 0 0
Alabama Touch Me When We're Dancing 0 0
Alabama Why Lady Why 0 0
Alabama You've Got The Touch 0 0
Alabama & K. T. Oslin Face To Face 0 0
Anne Murray Now And Forever (You And Me) 0 0
B J Thomas New Looks From An Old Lover 0 0
B J Thomas What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Love 0 0
Barbara Mandrell One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools 0 0
Barbara Mandrell Til' You're Gone 0 0
Bellamy Brothers Kids Of The Baby Boom 0 0
Charley Pride Honky Tonk Blues 0 0
Charley Pride Night Games 0 0
Charley Pride Why Baby Why 0 0
Charley Pride You Win Again 0 0
Charly McClain Radio Heart 0 0
Conway Twitty Ain't She Somethin' Else 0 0
Conway Twitty Desperado Love 0 0
Conway Twitty Somebody's Needin' Somebody 0 0
Cristy Lane One Day At A Time 0 0
Crystal Gayle Cry 0 0
Crystal Gayle Our Love Is On The Faultline 0 0
Crystal Gayle Straight To The Heart 0 0
Crystal Gayle The Sound Of Goodbye 0 0
Crystal Gayle Til I Gain Control Again 0 0
Crystal Gayle Too Many Lovers 0 0
Crystal Gayle Turning Away 0 0
Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris Makin' Up For Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers' Song) 0 0
Dan Seals Addicted 0 0
Dan Seals I Will Be There 0 0
Dan Seals One Friend 0 0
Dan Seals Three Time Loser 0 0
Debby Boone Are You On The Road To Lovin' Me 0 0
Desert Rose Band He's Back And I'm Blue 0 0
Desert Rose Band I Still Believe In You 0 0
Dolly Parton But You Know I Love You 0 0
Dolly Parton Starting Over Again 0 0
Dolly Parton Think About Love 0 0
Dolly Parton Yellow Roses 0 0
Don Williams Heartbeat In The Darkness 0 0
Dottie West Are You Happy Baby 0 0
Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens Streets Of Bakersfield 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Honor Bound 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Love Out Loud 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley Once In A Blue Moon 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley That Was A Close One 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley What I'd Say 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley What She Is (Is A Woman In Love) 0 0
Earl Thomas Conley & Emmylou Harris We Believe In Happy Endings 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt Gone Too Far 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt I Wanna Dance With You 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt The Best Year Of My Life 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt The Wanderer 0 0
Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers) 0 0
Eddy Raven Bayou Boys 0 0
Eddy Raven I'm Gonna Get You 0 0
Eddy Raven In A Letter To You 0 0
Eddy Raven Joe Knows How To Live 0 0
Eddy Raven Shine, Shine, Shine 0 0
Elvis Presley Guitar Man 0 0
Emmylou Harris Lost His Love (On Our Last Date) 0 0
Exile Crazy For Your Love 0 0
Exile Give Me One More Chance 0 0
Exile Hang On To Your Heart 0 0
Exile I Can't Get Close Enough 0 0
Exile I Could Get Used To You 0 0
Exile It'll Be Me 0 0
Exile She's A Miracle 0 0
Exile She's Too Good To Be True 0 0
Forester Sisters I Fell In Love Again Last Night 0 0
Forester Sisters Just In Case 0 0
Forester Sisters Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes 0 0
Forester Sisters You Again 0 0
Gary Morris 100% Chance Of Rain 0 0
Gary Morris Baby Bye Bye 0 0
Gary Morris I'll Never Stop Loving You 0 0
Gary Morris Leave Me Lonely 0 0

Almost all of these songs, along with many more, because I do not have time right now to complete the list, hold a special place in my heart, and I am asking Sirius to strongly reconsider the way these two country channels are programmed. It seems as if a little dedication and a little research would be all it would take to vastly improve the two channels. Why would two stations that focus on 'classic country" not play songs like "I Fell In Love Again Last Night" from the Forester Sisters, or "Old Flame" by Alabama? I would be glad to provide more songs or any kind of help needed in improving the two channels if needed.

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Old 11-07-2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Phil, SIRIUS Backstage is not part of SIRIUS. It's a private message board.

Your post is great, but there's no guarantee that anyone from Sirius will ever read it here. You might want to consider going to the Sirius website, finding the contact info, and e-mailing it directly to the appropriate person or department.

You've got two of my favorites on your lists:

David Frizzell & Shelly West You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma
Earl Thomas Conley Honor Bound

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Actually, I have mailed a copy of the letter to the head of country programming, Scott Lindy. I figure sending a letter through the mail may have more of an impact than an e-mail. I actually completed the list of all of the songs that reached #1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart during the 1980s that have not been played on Prime Country or Roadhouse at all during the last month. Amazingly, 224 out of 485 songs to reach #1 on the chart during the 1980s (46.1%) did not get played on the two channels at all last month. Yet, "Lookin' For Love" got played 39 times in October between the two channels, and "Elvira" got played 40 times.

All of the following #1 country songs from the 1980s were not played on Prime Country or Roadhouse during October 2006:

Alabama Can't Keep A Good Man Down
Alabama Fallin' Again
Alabama If I Had You
Alabama Old Flame
Alabama She And I
Alabama There's A Fire In The Night
Alabama Touch Me When We're Dancing
Alabama Why Lady Why
Alabama You've Got The Touch
Alabama & K. T. Oslin Face To Face
Anne Murray Now And Forever (You And Me)
B J Thomas New Looks From An Old Lover
B J Thomas What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Love
Barbara Mandrell One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools
Barbara Mandrell Til' You're Gone
Bellamy Brothers Kids Of The Baby Boom
Charley Pride Honky Tonk Blues
Charley Pride Night Games
Charley Pride Why Baby Why
Charley Pride You Win Again
Charly McClain Radio Heart
Conway Twitty Ain't She Somethin' Else
Conway Twitty Desperado Love
Conway Twitty Somebody's Needin' Somebody
Cristy Lane One Day At A Time
Crystal Gayle Cry
Crystal Gayle Our Love Is On The Faultline
Crystal Gayle Straight To The Heart
Crystal Gayle The Sound Of Goodbye
Crystal Gayle Til I Gain Control Again
Crystal Gayle Too Many Lovers
Crystal Gayle Turning Away
Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris Makin' Up For Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers' Song)
Dan Seals Addicted
Dan Seals I Will Be There
Dan Seals One Friend
Dan Seals Three Time Loser
Debby Boone Are You On The Road To Lovin' Me
Desert Rose Band He's Back And I'm Blue
Desert Rose Band I Still Believe In You
Dolly Parton But You Know I Love You
Dolly Parton Starting Over Again
Dolly Parton Think About Love
Dolly Parton Yellow Roses
Don Williams Heartbeat In The Darkness
Dottie West Are You Happy Baby
Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens Streets Of Bakersfield
Earl Thomas Conley Honor Bound
Earl Thomas Conley Love Out Loud
Earl Thomas Conley Once In A Blue Moon
Earl Thomas Conley That Was A Close One
Earl Thomas Conley What I'd Say
Earl Thomas Conley What She Is (Is A Woman In Love)
Earl Thomas Conley & Emmylou Harris We Believe In Happy Endings
Eddie Rabbitt Gone Too Far
Eddie Rabbitt I Wanna Dance With You
Eddie Rabbitt The Best Year Of My Life
Eddie Rabbitt The Wanderer
Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers)
Eddy Raven Bayou Boys
Eddy Raven I'm Gonna Get You
Eddy Raven In A Letter To You
Eddy Raven Joe Knows How To Live
Eddy Raven Shine, Shine, Shine
Elvis Presley Guitar Man
Emmylou Harris Lost His Love (On Our Last Date)
Exile Crazy For Your Love
Exile Give Me One More Chance
Exile Hang On To Your Heart
Exile I Can't Get Close Enough
Exile I Could Get Used To You
Exile It'll Be Me
Exile She's A Miracle
Exile She's Too Good To Be True
Forester Sisters I Fell In Love Again Last Night
Forester Sisters Just In Case
Forester Sisters Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes
Forester Sisters You Again
Gary Morris 100% Chance Of Rain
Gary Morris Baby Bye Bye
Gary Morris I'll Never Stop Loving You
Gary Morris Leave Me Lonely
George Strait If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')
George Strait What's Going On In Your World
Hank Williams Jr Ain't Misbehavin'
Hank Williams Jr Born To Boogie
Hank Williams Jr Mind Your Own Business
Hank Williams Jr Texas Women
Highway 101 Cry, Cry, Cry
Highway 101 Do You Love Me Just Say Yes
Highway 101 Somewhere Tonight
Holly Dunn Are You Ever Gonna Love Me
Janie Fricke Always Have Always Will
Janie Fricke Let's Stop Talkin' About It
Janie Fricke Tell Me A Lie
Janie Fricke Your Heart's Not In It
Jim Glaser You're Gettin' To Me Again
John Anderson Wild And Blue
John Conlee In My Eyes
John Schneider Country Girls
John Schneider What's A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)
John Schneider You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight
Johnny Lee Bet Your Heart On Me
Judds Change Of Heart
Judds Cry Myself To Sleep
Judds Maybe Your Baby's Got The Blues
Judy Rodman Until I Met You
Juice Newton Hurt
Juice Newton You Make Me Want To Make You Mine
K T Oslin Do Ya
K T Oslin Hold Me
K T Oslin I'll Always Come Back
Kathy Mattea Burnin' Old Memories
Kathy Mattea Come From The Heart
Kathy Mattea Goin' Gone
Keith Whitley I Wonder Do You Think Of Me
Kendalls Thank God For The Radio
Kenny Rogers Lady
Kenny Rogers Morning Desire
Kenny Rogers Tomb Of The Unknown Love
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Real Love
Kenny Rogers & Dottie West What Are We Doin' In Love
Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton We've Got Tonight
Lee Greenwood Dixie Road
Lee Greenwood Don't Underestimate My Love For You
Lee Greenwood Going Going Gone
Lee Greenwood Hearts Aren't Made To Break (They're Made To Love)
Lee Greenwood I Don't Mind The Thorns (If You're The Rose)
Lee Greenwood Mornin' Ride
Marie Osmond There's No Stopping Your Heart
Marie Osmond & Paul Davis You're Still New To Me
Mel Tillis Southern Rains
Merle Haggard Natural High
Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood Bar Room Buddies
Michael Johnson Give Me Wings
Michael Johnson The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder
Michael Martin Murphey A Long Line Of Love
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Long Hard Road (The ShareCropper's Dream)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Modern Day Romance
Oak Ridge Boys Everyday
Oak Ridge Boys Gonna Take A Lotta River
Oak Ridge Boys It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow)
Oak Ridge Boys Little Things
Oak Ridge Boys Love Song
Oak Ridge Boys This Crazy Love
Oak Ridge Boys Touch A Hand Make A Friend
O'Kanes Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You
Randy Travis Honky Tonk Moon
Randy Travis I Told You So
Randy Travis I Won't Need You Anymore (Always And Forever)
Razzy Bailey Friends
Razzy Bailey I Keep Coming Back
Razzy Bailey Loving Up A Storm
Razzy Bailey She Left Love All Over Me
Reba McEntire Cathy's Clown
Reba McEntire How Blue
Reba McEntire New Fool In An Old Game
Reba McEntire One Promise Too Late
Reba McEntire The Last One To Know
Reba McEntire What Am I Gonna Do About You
Reba McEntire You're The First Time I've Thought About Leaving
Restless Heart A Tender Lie
Restless Heart Wheels
Ricky Skaggs Crying My Heart Out Over You
Ricky Skaggs Lovin' Only Me
Ricky Skaggs Uncle Pen
Ricky Van Shelton Don't We All Have The Right
Ricky Van Shelton From A Jack To A King
Ricky Van Shelton Living Proof
Ricky Van Shelton Somebody Lied
Rodney Crowell Above & Beyond
Rodney Crowell After All This Time
Rodney Crowell I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried
Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash It's Such A Small World
Ronnie Milsap A Woman In Love
Ronnie Milsap Am I Losing You
Ronnie Milsap Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me
Ronnie Milsap Don't You Know How Much I Love You
Ronnie Milsap Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
Ronnie Milsap How Do I Turn You On
Ronnie Milsap In Love
Ronnie Milsap Inside
Ronnie Milsap My Heart
Ronnie Milsap Show Her
Ronnie Milsap Snap Your Fingers
Ronnie Milsap Still Losing You
Ronnie Milsap Where Do The Nights Go
Ronnie Milsap Why Don't You Spend The Night
Ronnie Milsap & Kenny Rogers Make No Mistake, She's Mine
Rosanne Cash I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me
Rosanne Cash I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
Rosanne Cash If You Change Your Mind
Rosanne Cash My Baby Thinks He's A Train
Rosanne Cash Never Be You
Rosanne Cash Runaway Train
Rosanne Cash The Way We Make A Broken Heart
S.K.O. Baby's Got A New Baby
Shelly West Jose Cuervo
Statler Brothers Too Much On My Heart
Steve Wariner All Roads Lead To You
Steve Wariner I Got Dreams
Steve Wariner Life's Highway
Steve Wariner Some Fools Never Learn
Steve Wariner The Weekend
Steve Wariner Where Did I Go Wrong
Steve Wariner You Can Dream Of Me
Sylvia Drifter
T. G. Sheppard Finally
T. G. Sheppard I Feel Like Loving You Again
T. G. Sheppard I'll Be Coming Back For More
T. G. Sheppard Only One You
T. G. Sheppard Strong Heart
T. G. Sheppard War Is Hell (On The Homefront Too)
T. G. Sheppard & Karen Brooks Faking Love
T. Graham Brown Darlene
T. Graham Brown Don't Go To Strangers
T. Graham Brown Hell And High Water
Tanya Tucker Just Another Love
Tanya Tucker & Paul Davis & Paul Overstreet I Won't Take Less Than Your Love
Trio To Know Him Is To Love Him
Vern Gosdin I'm Still Crazy
Waylon Jennings Rose In Paradise
Willie Nelson Living In The Promiseland
Willie Nelson Nothing I Can Do About It Now

I am asking anybody who reads this here to please select some of these songs and send e-mails to Prime Country and Roadhouse asking that these songs make it into the rotation between the two channels.
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Okay, Phil. Just making sure you knew. You be surprised at how many people think this board is run by Sirius.

IMO, there are two things at work here. 1) Sirius and XM must pay royalties for each and every song on their playlists. Sirius has a much shorter playlist than XM, therefore ends up repeating some songs a lot. 2) Sirius and XM both end up hiring programmers who are less than knowledgeable about genres who think that people only want to listen to what they want to listen to. Someone who (dating themself) admits he listened to music in the '80s might have a sentimental attitude about '80s music that is not shared by someone who started listening in the '90's.

I think you've got a good suggestion, there. For the first reason above, I have my doubts about how well it would work, but you never know. Sirius might end up with a few million to burn and decide to upgrade their playlist. Having a few hundred, or couple thousand, e-mails with requests archived might be a good place for them to start.

I'm still waiting for Tom T. Hall's 'Who's Gonna Feed Them Hogs?' to be played.
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....1) Sirius and XM must pay royalties for each and every song on their playlists. Sirius has a much shorter playlist than XM, therefore ends up repeating some songs a lot. 2) Sirius and XM both end up hiring programmers who are less than knowledgeable about genres who think that people only want to listen to what they want to listen to.
I didn't know Sirius paid royalties for every track. That explains a lot.

Programmers: I didn't know they had programmers. I thought it was all controlled by a computer. That's the way it seems.

Thanks for the info, Capn.
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In the interest of strict honesty, Edgar, I am not 100% certain of the facts I stated. It has been posted dozens or hundreds of times on this board, but I haven't heard it straight from Sirius or XM if or how they pay royalties. I understand that terrestrial broadcast radio does not pay royalties.

I am also not conversant with Sirius or XM's programming procedures and staff. That was just a guess. I do not have the inside track on Sirius or XM country; just what everybody else has.

I stick by my opinions, however, and will do so until presented with explanations or proof that make more sense.
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XM and Sirius pay royalties on a blanket basis. They pay a set amount and are allowed an unlimited number of songs and plays. If a station has a playlist of 500 songs or 5000 songs it would not be a matter of paying extra royalties. I do know from what I have learned from someone at XM that they physical hard copy of a CD must be in their library for them to play the song on the air. They are unable to accept MP3 files or play songs they do not have the actual CD of.
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