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Old 11-27-2003, 08:34 AM   #31
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So what you are telling us is that Sirius does recognize
the listerners are unhappy about its current 70s format
change and that they are working to put the format back to
the way it initially was?

By the way, Do XM music programmers read this forum?
It would be nice to know that our thoughts are being considered.
I trust you meant Sirius music programmers! Rest assured we have seen much evidence this forum is read by VERY important people at Sirius. Probably XM too, for that matter!

After all, Ziggy reads it!
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Old 11-27-2003, 08:30 PM   #32
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NJRonbo,

Thanks for taking the time to compose the wonderful letter. I emailed it as well.
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Old 11-28-2003, 12:26 PM   #33
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This is really bad.

Three days into my new Sirius subscription and I
am VERY unhappy with this Totally 70's channel.

I turned the channel on this morning and 4 songs in
a row were all classic rock until they threw in what seemed
an "obligatory" song by The Spinners and then back to
classic rock it went.

I have yet to hear ONE song by Barry Manillow, The
Carpenters, The Bee Gees, Olivia-Newton-John, Neil
Diamond, Linda Rondstadt, Blue Swede, Pilot etc.

While some of you may laugh at some of the choices
I made above, you need to realize that these groups
and artists all represent the "essence" of the 70's
pop scene. When you turned on the radio back in
the day you were treated to such hits as Beach
Baby, Hooked On a Feeling, Magic, Can't Get Enough
Of Your Love Babe, Jive Talkin', Come and Get Your
Love, Love Train, Could It be I'm Falling In Love
and
so much more.

XM Radio had it all down pat. They played all that good
stuff -- from the standard pop music right through the rare
oddities (The Hudson Brothers and Rick Deese for example).
They did throw in some classic rock, but did so very carefully
since they knew that the people tuning into the 70's channel
had specific content in mind.

Sirius' Totally 70s channel is horrible compared
to XM Radio. It's mainly a classic rock channel with a few
pop hits thrown into the mix. Whoever is programming the
music for this channel obviously has no love for the pop
music that dominated the era, but instead, spent the entire
decade listening to FM radio and the rock that played on it.

I hope to God that the music Director for that channel
is aware of how we all feel about Totally 70's and
puts that channel back on track. Coming from XM after
nearly a year, I can tell you that station had their act
together as far as their decades playlists. Keep the classic
rock music on its respected station. Give the 70's listeners
the music they want to hear!
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Old 11-28-2003, 12:54 PM   #34
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This is really bad.

Three days into my new Sirius subscription and I
am VERY unhappy with this Totally 70's channel.

I turned the channel on this morning and 4 songs in
a row were all classic rock until they threw in what seemed
an "obligatory" song by The Spinners and then back to
classic rock it went.

I have yet to hear ONE song by Barry Manillow, The
Carpenters, The Bee Gees, Olivia-Newton-John, Neil
Diamond, Linda Rondstadt, Blue Swede, Pilot etc.

While some of you may laugh at some of the choices
I made above, you need to realize that these groups
and artists all represent the "essence" of the 70's
pop scene. When you turned on the radio back in
the day you were treated to such hits as Beach
Baby, Hooked On a Feeling, Magic, Can't Get Enough
Of Your Love Babe, Jive Talkin', Come and Get Your
Love, Love Train, Could It be I'm Falling In Love
and
so much more.

XM Radio had it all down pat. They played all that good
stuff -- from the standard pop music right through the rare
oddities (The Hudson Brothers and Rick Deese for example).
They did throw in some classic rock, but did so very carefully
since they knew that the people tuning into the 70's channel
had specific content in mind.

Sirius' Totally 70s channel is horrible compared
to XM Radio. It's mainly a classic rock channel with a few
pop hits thrown into the mix. Whoever is programming the
music for this channel obviously has no love for the pop
music that dominated the era, but instead, spent the entire
decade listening to FM radio and the rock that played on it.

I hope to God that the music Director for that channel
is aware of how we all feel about Totally 70's and
puts that channel back on track. Coming from XM after
nearly a year, I can tell you that station had their act
together as far as their decades playlists. Keep the classic
rock music on its respected station. Give the 70's listeners
the music they want to hear!
I too feel that XM does a much better job with their decades channels. The only decades music I listen to on Sirius is 80's but they do not go very deep into the massive library of the 80's. Mostly just the very top of the charts. XM's 80's on 8 plays nearly all the music of that decade. In Sirius' defense though, it's nice sometimes to just put it on and hear the hits. I keep both services for this reason.

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Old 11-28-2003, 01:02 PM   #35
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NJRambo, I think I agree with you on the 70's. I don't have any problem with any of the songs they play because I remember them being played on the pop station I listened to. But I think they can mix more of the other music you mentioned in there to keep it less "Classic Rock" feeling.

I have heard most if not all of the songs you mentioned on the 70's, but they come and go. Listen this weekend and see if the variety doesn't change since I've noticed weekend programming is usually different.

Boz Scaggs "Lido Shuffle" just came on 70's Definitely brings back memories!
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Old 11-29-2003, 02:33 PM   #36
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I feel your frustration, I'm in the same position with the 90s. Please send your thoughts (you've made an excellent case here) to the following mailboxes:

Jay Clark - jclark@siriusradio.com
Joel Salkowitz - jsalkowitz@siriusradio.com
Sirius Feedback - genfeedback@sirius-radio.com
Customer Care - customercare@sirius-radio.com

Jeff
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Old 12-11-2003, 11:43 AM   #37
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I proudly carried the flag of poor programming on the "Almost Totally 70s" channel, agreeing with most who felt it was lopsided in rock's favor. But I feel the programming has improved (man, I hope I'm not jinxing it by saying that!). While I still feel the mix is heavily rock based, more pop tunes have been played in my humblest of opinions. Thanks Sirius! But your job is not complete! I, personally, would still like to hear even more pop tunes on the "Almost Totally 70s" channel. (You can probably see that I just figured out how to "bold" stuff. I'm so proud of myself. Now if I could only figure out how to attach pictures!)
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Old 12-11-2003, 01:35 PM   #38
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Fotodad. Sorry, I have to siagree with you. Yes, there are some new songs added in, but this is a poorly programmed station for what it should be. A 70s pop channel! There is nothing wrong with a single song that they areplaying. The problem is all the great 70s pop that they are missing. Everytime I hear Pablo Cruise, the Eagles or Billy Joel I want to throw the radio out the window. Bring back our 70s pop!
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Old 12-11-2003, 03:23 PM   #39
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I left this alone for a week.

Thought the Totally '70s channel was going
to get better.

A few songs added here and there, but....

This channel still SUCKS!

They channel is still dominated by classic rock songs. Even
worse, the list of repeats is as high as ever! I am hearing the
same songs day in and day out.

This is NOT better! This is NOT a 70s channel.
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:24 PM   #40
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Those wishing for Totally 70's to change their format/playlist: Be careful, you might get what you wish for. If you have XM, try listening to 70's on 7 for an extended period of time. It is very difficult to listen to, maybe a good song every now and then but they play a lot (and I mean a lot) of MOR type stuff (Carpenters) that is better left on vinyl.

The Totally 70's format is more upbeat and plays "better music". If you really need the other format bone up and get XM.

Just my opinion.
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:30 PM   #41
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J -

Apparantly you have not been reading the threads in this area.

We WANT the same kind of music XM is playing on their 70s
decades channel.

While it is true that they do play a lot more CARPENTERS and
JOHN DENVER than they should, consider the fact that
Totally '70s plays NONE.

That's not a good thing.

A '70s channel should represent what the decade is all
about. It should showcase all the different genres of music
and artists that made the last years of AM radio the most
memorable.

There is no diversity in Totally '70s. It's the same
songs and the same artists over and over and over again.
A few songs have been added as of late, but the channel has
not gone far enough.

You mean to tell me you don't notice the SAME songs and
artists being played day in and day out? How many times do
we have to hear Kansas' Carry On My Wayward Son or
Rare Earth's I just want to celebrate?

It seems there are roughly 200 songs that are being played
over and over again. At least XM Radio played an
entire decade's worth.

I respect your opinion as to what you wish to hear, but take
a look at what the MAJORITY of us have been fighting for
these past few weeks.

Sirius can greatly enhance their playlist, bring aboard the
mellow stuff, and mix it all together so that none of the genres
seem to be played more than the other. Right now it's still
80% classic rock and this is not good.
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Old 12-11-2003, 04:40 PM   #42
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I just want all the top 40 songs to be played for sure, but the frequency should depend on how well they have held up over the years. If they got old and nobody wanted to hear them again, then play them less frequently than the best music. I don't want a 70's juke box set on random play. I want someone thinking about me the listener and feeding me the music at a rate that keeps me interested.

A good rule would be to throw a few of the less popular songs in per hour and keep changing things up. I listen to MovingEZ, StartLight and the Bridge so I can get lot's of the 70's softer crossover hits there. I don't want to hear them in both places, at least not in the same day. I don't think NJRonbo that your vision of the channel is exactly what I want, and I would only know if I heard it programmed your way for a week. The Totally 70's before was very listenable to me. It is even more listenable and enjoyable with the recent changes. I just hope it keeps getting more listenable.
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Old 12-11-2003, 05:16 PM   #43
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So maybe the songs you refer to fell off of rotation but will be back later.
The only thing in rotation is the same songs that have been
rotating for weeks.

Look, I realize I am coming on strong here, but it seems
the admins here do a lot of defending for Sirius. Take it from
someone who runs his own forum -- you guys run a terrific board.
However, there seems to be an absolute neglect by the admins
towards the amount of valid complaints here that are not being
addressed.

Even more troublesome is the fact that if Sirius management is
indeed looking at the feedback here, why are they still running
the channel in the manner that they are?

I'm sure I look like the bad guy here -- someone who is here
to start trouble. In actuality, I want to help all the listeners who
have been voicing their discord against Totally '70s get
the channel back to where it was. Can I do this without one of
the admins accusing me of "beating a dead horse" or having
"alterior motives?"
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You are digging up a old quote. The conversation has evolved since then.

I can only speak for myself, and am only giving my opinion. Not trying to defend Sirius, but I listen to Totally 70's for hours a day and I'm liking the changes so far. If they keep phasing them in, then I will be enjoying things while they do
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Can I do this without one of
the admins accusing me of "beating a dead horse" or having
"alterior motives?"
I thought we addressed this already? :\

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