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Old 01-06-2007, 11:20 PM   #1
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I'm probably the only Brother here who listens to Soul Town 53. I love my Sirius, but I've got a gripe.

Being an old dog, Soul to me means SOUL and Maybe some funk. Issac Hayes, Temp, Marvin, the Supremes, My Aretha, GFOS, Al Green ... you know.... real SOUL. If you were born in the 50's and listened to what came out of Detroit and Cleveland in the 60's, you'd all know what I mean ! Beautiful music to this day.

Soul Town 53 messes this all up by playing everything from 1965 to early 1990's with wayyy too much diversity and black be-bop. Yeah... I want to listen to little Micheal Jackson singing ABC's as a 13 year old. That's not soul.

If you want to play SOUL keep it 1965-1980. Keep it tight. Soul died after 1978 anyhow. Narrow it down in the years.

I very much dislike XM, but their music and lack of chatty DJ's by far excels over Sirius music by-in-large.
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:56 AM   #2
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Don't I know you from someplace?? lol

Anyway I don't spend that much time on Soultown for very much the same reasons. They don't play enough "funk" for me or you have to wait several tracks to hear something you want.

The hip-hop channels either play either really OLD rap and almost nothing from the golden era of Rap, the 90's when you think about it.

Things are improving as they find more of the older stuff, it will improve.
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I listen to Soultown when I got the wife in the car. It is best on the weekends from what I can tell the variety get really wide then.
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:40 PM   #4
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When Sirius first came out they had Soul Revue which was the late 50s to mid 70s soul classics, the Express was mid and late 70s to 1990 soul/funk, then they messed up the urban channels, renamed Soul Revue as Soul Town and concentrated on the Motown to mid 80s era of soul (it doesnt mix so well when you hear Sam Cook followed by Bootsy Collins). The Express got canned and then made Heart & Soul, an urban AC channel to play the best of today and yesterday's soul. Quite frankly, BJ Stone the PD for urban channels at Sirius does what he can with the number of channels he has to work with, but covering 50 plus years of soul and R&B in two channels doesn't work, and he knows it too, but has to play with the cards he is dealt with. If you are black, Sirius thinks you like hip hop and rap, and pays lip service to the rest of the genre of R&B over a couple channels, no matter whatage you may be. It would be like playing Elvis and Nirvana on the same rock channel- it doesnt fit! The only hope we subscribers have is to constantly contact Sirius and inform them they do not cover R&B the right way. Email them or call them. www.BJStone@sirius-radio.com
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When Sirius first came out they had Soul Revue which was the late 50s to mid 70s soul classics, the Express was mid and late 70s to 1990 soul/funk, then they messed up the urban channels, renamed Soul Revue as Soul Town and concentrated on the Motown to mid 80s era of soul (it doesnt mix so well when you hear Sam Cook followed by Bootsy Collins). The Express got canned and then made Heart & Soul, an urban AC channel to play the best of today and yesterday's soul. Quite frankly, BJ Stone the PD for urban channels at Sirius does what he can with the number of channels he has to work with, but covering 50 plus years of soul and R&B in two channels doesn't work, and he knows it too, but has to play with the cards he is dealt with. If you are black, Sirius thinks you like hip hop and rap, and pays lip service to the rest of the genre of R&B over a couple channels, no matter whatage you may be. It would be like playing Elvis and Nirvana on the same rock channel- it doesnt fit! The only hope we subscribers have is to constantly contact Sirius and inform them they do not cover R&B the right way. Email them or call them. www.BJStone@sirius-radio.com

It's unbelievable how much better XM's two classic R&B channels "Soul Street" and "The Groove" are. I hear songs that I never heard before, haven't heard in a long time, or songs that I didn't think anyone knew but ME! Honestly, I barely listen to Soultown because if I turn it on it's "Oh look Lady Marmalade and Super Freak AGAIN". I really listen to Sirius for the Rock, Pop and Jazz stations and Stern.
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I've basically given up on listening to music on Sirius, especially soul or "regular" R&B. I've turned to my iPod for music and use my Sirius primarily for sports (NFL) news and talk. I've listened to XM's selections on DirecTV and there's no comparison when it comes to real R&B. Rap is apparently Sirius' focus at this time, which probably is a good business decision if posts in this forum are any indication.
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This forum used to be mostly r+b, when I used to creep it and not participate. I suppose it says a lot for Sirius' hip-hop department and their efforts. IMO, they have done a near-perfect job in assembling a "deam team" on the rap channels. Rap on Sirius is the land of milk and honey as far as I'm concerned.
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Need A Channel For The Quiet Storm Type Of Music. I Know Sirius Has A Program Called Soft Touch On Sirius Love But It Only Last Like A Couple Of Hours.
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What's Soft Touch all about? I've never heard of it??
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The Hip Hop and R&B Channels need to be expanded and reprogrammed badly. Sirius really needs to do something. I email them all the time to complain, wish others would too.
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The Hip Hop and R&B Channels need to be expanded and reprogrammed badly. Sirius really needs to do something. I email them all the time to complain, wish others would too.

Trust me I have more than just emailed, but that is a key for them to know that they are seriously lacking in the R&B genre. Email, call, write, and do whatever you can to let them know the service we pay for neglects R&B.
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I think Soultown is one of the best channels on Sirius...I like the music they play. I have emailed Sirius and told them that the other R&B channel (51) stinks...It plays to much of the current stuff...51 should play the 80s and early 90s R&B, and a deeper play list of funk on Fridays. Since the email I have noticed them playing more 80s and 90s, ..but not enough....it seems as if Friday is the best for me to listen.
What they need is 1 more true R&B channel, to play the current R&B, and Neo soul. Right now I have to record BBC 1xtra R&B ...it is crazy good!!!! Leave 53 alone!

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What's Soft Touch all about? I've never heard of it??
They didn't start this up, until Howard was complaing about them not having a quiet storm show, and in 2 weeks, bam it is their. Soft touch is a way for them to give you your R&B slow Jams, without giving you the extra channel R&B needs. It's pretty good...but because it is on a POP channel they don't go deep in R&B, it's almost as if they have to stay close to the pop, to please the pop fans.
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Trust me I have more than just emailed, but that is a key for them to know that they are seriously lacking in the R&B genre. Email, call, write, and do whatever you can to let them know the service we pay for neglects R&B.
Man, if the FCC blesses the Sirius/XM merger on the table, if we think Sirius is neglecting old school R&B right now, we haven't seen anything yet. I have a feeling down the road this situation will worsen, if anything. For the sake of all R&B/Rap programming on satellite radio, we (the old school R&Bers) better pray that the FCC doesn't allow this Sirius/XM merger to happen. What I think will happen if there is a merger is that most of the old school R&B music programming channel choices available now on Sirius and XM could be merged or possibly disappear altogether. It's very likely we could be seeing the last of XM channels like the Groove, the Flow, maybe even Soul Street and urban talk channels like the Power as we know them today. Keep in mind Sirius has always courted a younger demographic (I'm a 49 year old African-American), and I don't see any indications that policy will change even after a merger. As far as I know it will be Sirius who decides what Sirius music streams and XM music channels make the cut once this new conglomerate emerges. Issues like this is why I never wanted to toss all my entertainment eggs into one basket; in addition to my three sat radio subscriptions (one Sirius, two XM) I also own three iPods and just gave my wife a nano for her birthday. So whatever happens with the merger and the FCC happens, but old school R&Bers holding sat radio subscriptions had better prepare for what could be stone cold reality in the next 3-4 years. This merger could eliminate the few remaining satellite music options available to us right now. Just my two cents.
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