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Old 08-25-2005, 09:41 PM   #1
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I can't believe that Sirius is getting rid of big band music!


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What? where did you hear this?
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I can't believe that Sirius is getting rid of big band music!


I cannot believe it. I mean I'm glad they finally brought back a New Age channel because it was rediculous that Sirius did not have one - but why at the loss of big band music? The 40's channel at XM is looking better and better to me.

If they ever get rid of Planet Jazz, Pure Jazz, or Jazz Cafe, I will DEFINITELY be gone.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:59 PM   #4
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I have Swing Street set in my decades set of presets... Every now & then you just want to hear some big band stuff... I guess I have to lose that one and the 90's channel out of that set now...Ugh
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Old 08-26-2005, 07:52 AM   #5
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I will have to admit that I do not listen to Swing Street. But, I often listen to Standard Time and I am very concerned about the possible combining of Standard Time and Swing Street (the new lineup graphic describes Standard Time as Standards/Swing). No offense to those who like Big Bands, but I prefer just straight vocal standards.

I was really hoping for a "lounge" station, like XM's online stream On The Rocks, but beggars can not be choosers.
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I am extremely disappointed in Swing Street going. This was in my personal opinion the best Jazz Stream out of the whole bunch. This music brought me back to a time way before I was even born. It was essentially the first "dance" music in the world. It provided a link to my Grandparents and my Great Uncle who are all passed on. It makes me feel close to them. It reminds me of the bootegging days and the Three Stooges. It does so many things for me that I can't explain them all.

I hope Sirius isn't just bullshitting us when they say Standard and Swing Street will be combined. If they truly do, then I'll probably be satisfied cause I love Standard too and often find myself going back and forth between the two and if they play it evenly. I will probably be satisfied and love it.

On the other hand, I have a question for the hardcore Jazz fans on here. I love the Jazz type music heard on Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12. Can someone suggest to me which of the other Jazz channels has something close and when is the best time to listen to that sort of David Holmes style of music.

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I am extremely disappointed in Swing Street going. This was in my personal opinion the best Jazz Stream out of the whole bunch.

On the other hand, I have a question for the hardcore Jazz fans on here. I love the Jazz type music heard on Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12. Can someone suggest to me which of the other Jazz channels has something close and when is the best time to listen to that sort of David Holmes style of music.
So, after reading all y'alls' posts, I decided to give Swing Street a try. And, of course, it is great. Great timing on my part. I guess I am not so upset about the combo anymore. But, I hope that the combination will not eliminate the classic standards in favor of some of the new artists who are ok but a bit too "smooth jazz" or "lite fm" for my taste.

Not sure where to get David Holmes. Planet Jazz?
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Looking at this and other changes, such as droping Folktown in favor of Acoustic Cafe, it looks as if Sirius is trying to tailor themselves to a younger audience. I had a feeling this might happen when they hired Mel as CEO, he obviously still is of the commercial radio mindset.

I may be over 50, but isn't my money just as good with Sirius?
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I may only be 21, but I'm a little miffed about some of these changes too. I feel there are more good changes than bad, but two of the bad decisions are the elimination of Folktown and the merging of Swing St. with Standard Time. I'm nervous about the combination so I hope it kind of works out. I'd like to see a Saturday Swing show with several hours of nothing bot swing.

If you're upset by these changes, the best thing to do is write a letter now and then write periodically after the changes take place. It would be best from a social psychology viewpoint if we wrote letters on a certain schedule so Sirius gets many responses in a short period of time. Here's the man you need to write to:

Jay Clark
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I'm really un happy as well because of swing street bing removed. This is the best jazz station of the whole bunch and swing street was one of the reasons for getting sirius since there hasen't been any FM stations in my area playing big band music since the early 80s. This is such a blow to me and to other big band music fans out there. This was a nitch station playing music you couln't hear anywhere else on the dial. I'm 41 and it was my grandmother who introduced me to big band music back when I was 11 or 12 and I have loved this style of music ever since then. Plus swing music has been my most favorite music syle of all other music styles ever created. So I can feel your pain. I hope the merger of standard time/swing street will work out ok. I'm a bit uncertain of this merger, but I think I can live with it, if it is done right. I will give it a try certainly and see what I think of it. I think the person who's responsable for doing the channel changes is loosing sight that nitch stations like swing stret and others that have been droped in the past are just as imprtant as a rock, country or dance station, exsetra. There's room for everyone on the music side of sirus. Don't you agree? Sirius is not just for the young, it's for everyone of all ages. I also got sirus for Elvis Radio and Radio Classics as well which I'm happy to say will still be here.
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I am in low 40s and also like swing street. I am wondering how this combining the swing with standards is going to work out. I would have prefered if they had left this ALONE. I just hope these standards and swing mix together OK since i have no choice but to accept this.
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I'm another one who'll be missing Swing Street... It's one of the places I visit for a break when the repeats on the rock channels get too intense...
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it looks as if Sirius is trying to tailor themselves to a younger audience.
Definitely. It seems that they are all but handing over that part of the population that is wanting to hear pre-Rock and Roll popular music over to XM. On XM such a listener can choose from the 40s, the 50s, Frank's Place, and Sunny (as well as On the Rocks online). For people that are listeners of the music of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Glenn Miller, Jo Stafford, Benny Goodman, Doris Day, etc., the choice between XM and Sirius has been made much easier. Some of us might have wished for a channel similar to Sunny or On the Rocks to be added to Sirius, but now I really don't think that will ever happen since they decided that they could not even keep a channel devoted to big band music.

I am a fan of Standard Time, but melding all of the above together on one channel (and that does not count all of the awful remakes of the standards done by the likes of Tony Danza, Danny Aiello, Kevin Spacey, and Barry Manilow that they seem to love at Standard Time) is not enough for me to recommend Sirius now to people who are wanting satellite radio so that they can listen to this important part of American music.

Before I get flamed, please understand that I have both Sirius and XM for different reasons and generally I prefer Standard Time to Frank's Place. I also prefer Movin' Easy to the Blend and listen to other Sirius stations. You see, I am in my thirties so I sometimes want to hear music from the 70s and 80s, but I'm thinking of the parents and grandparents that don't want to listen to the music of my youth (and who aren't on message boards giving their opinions). They only want to hear Dino, Frank, Rosie, Artie Shaw, Ella, Mel Torme, etc. I think that now it would be foolish to tell someone like that to pick Sirius over XM, unfortunately. For now, I'll stay with both myself, but I feel that this is a sad thing that Sirius has decided to do.
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I too was sad to hear about the demise of Swing Street. I listen to it frequently, at least once a day, in the car and at work. I'm in my early 30's and enjoy it immensely - it's relaxing without being coma-inducing. Standard Time vocals may mix OK with '30's and '40's Swing Big Bang, but I'll miss the purity. I think it's cool to listen to what my grandparents listened to during and after WWII. My 2c ...
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it looks as if Sirius is trying to tailor themselves to a younger audience.
Definitely. It seems that they are all but handing over that part of the population that is wanting to hear pre-Rock and Roll popular music over to XM. On XM such a listener can choose from the 40s, the 50s, Frank's Place, and Sunny (as well as On the Rocks online). For people that are listeners of the music of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Glenn Miller, Jo Stafford, Benny Goodman, Doris Day, etc., the choice between XM and Sirius has been made much easier. Some of us might have wished for a channel similar to Sunny or On the Rocks to be added to Sirius, but now I really don't think that will ever happen since they decided that they could not even keep a channel devoted to big band music.

I am a fan of Standard Time, but melding all of the above together on one channel (and that does not count all of the awful remakes of the standards done by the likes of Tony Danza, Danny Aiello, Kevin Spacey, and Barry Manilow that they seem to love at Standard Time) is not enough for me to recommend Sirius now to people who are wanting satellite radio so that they can listen to this important part of American music.

Before I get flamed, please understand that I have both Sirius and XM for different reasons and generally I prefer Standard Time to Frank's Place. I also prefer Movin' Easy to the Blend and listen to other Sirius stations. You see, I am in my thirties so I sometimes want to hear music from the 70s and 80s, but I'm thinking of the parents and grandparents that don't want to listen to the music of my youth (and who aren't on message boards giving their opinions). They only want to hear Dino, Frank, Rosie, Artie Shaw, Ella, Mel Torme, etc. I think that now it would be foolish to tell someone like that to pick Sirius over XM, unfortunately. For now, I'll stay with both myself, but I feel that this is a sad thing that Sirius has decided to do.
well put! ....sounds like I could have written this
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