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Old 11-28-2003, 01:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

Some of you may recognize me from some of the
recent posts I have been making in the other forum
areas. I'm sort of migrating over to this area because
I think that perhaps our campaign will get better
exposure in the main forum area.

Please don't move this message. It's important.

I have been an XM Radio subscriber for the past year.
Within the last week, I switched from XM to SIRIUS
because I couldn't take the commercial pollution on
the other service.

Back on XM, I used to listen to their 70's Decade
Channel
. I must say that XM really had their act
together as far as the music that was played. All the
really cool (and not so cool) pop songs from that
dominated the 70s era could be heard at all times.

So I come over to Sirius radio hoping to be able to enjoy
the same kind of music WITHOUT any commercial interruptions.

Imagine my shock when I find that the Totally 70s
channel is basically a classic rock channel. Since my first
day with this service, I have heard that channel dominated
by the sounds of Clapton, Billy Joel, Chicago, Rolling Stones,
Queen and other rock artists. Some rock is good -- but on this
channel, rock reigns supreme.

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.

Disco? Very little of it!

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, 02:13 PM   #2
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I agree with what you're saying. Just up until a couple months ago, Totally 70's WAS a 70's pop channel. Now like you said, it's basically classic rock which is what The Rock is supposed to be. Sirius seems to have revamped their playlists in the last month or so. I really enjoyed Sirius when I first subscribed over a year ago, but now if I had to do it over again, I don't think I'd be so enthused.
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Old 11-28-2003, 02:19 PM   #3
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Appreciate your feedback, but you have to follow the rules too.

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Old 11-28-2003, 02:19 PM   #4
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Well, the 70's channel IMO still has too much disco in it for my taste, but I understand that was the era so I have to have the disco with the rest of the 70's.

As far as the playlist on the Rock goes, I have not figured out what it is that they are trying to do with this stream, but for a few weeks there it did not sound like any classic rocker that I have heard. Only in the last few days has it come around to being a classic rocker again.

Another stream that is needing some work is the 60's stream. It was good this morniong, but just about an hour ago it got really sucky with a motor mouth stream jockey. I think someone here has had an influence ..... Ahem!
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:17 PM   #5
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How about posting a sample of the songs you'd like to hear, so we can get an idea of the style your looking for.

Jeff
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:55 PM   #6
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I will premise this with the fact that overall, I like XM programming better than Sirius. However, in my opinion, Totally 70's is far better than the XM equivalent that sounds like a bad 70's semi-automated station with liner card jocks. I have speculated in the past that XM is targeting the female audience on 70's on 7. They play a lot of real mellow songs (Carpenters, "Feelings"). I have also speculated that they don't allocate much of a budget for this station, particularly when compared to the absoulte masterpiece that is 60's on 6.

This topichas been the subject of discussion over there; some like it some dislike it.

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t...r=asc&start=30

If you like 70s on better get both services. That is all that I can suggest.
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:56 PM   #7
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If the company would install some toll-free request lines and start playing what we ask for, it would work a lot better than whatever voodoo they're using now.
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Old 11-28-2003, 04:22 PM   #8
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Quote:
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How about posting a sample of the songs you'd like to hear, so we can get an idea of the style your looking for.

Jeff
A sample of songs belonging on a 70's pop channel (now don't laugh)....

The night chigago died - Paper Lace
Rock me gently - Andy Kim
So you are a star - Hudson Bros
Rock Your baby - George McCrae
Whos that lady - Isley bros
I'm not in love - 10cc
dont call us we'll call you - sugarloaf

etc etc, I can give you more if you want more.
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Old 11-28-2003, 04:39 PM   #9
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The above is a perfect example of what the 70s
channel should be all about.

More stuff....

Mandy/Couldn't It Be Magic/It's A Miracle - Barry Manillow
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Knock Three Times/Candida/Tie A Yellow Ribbon - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Wedding Bell Blues - Fifth Dimension
Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
American Pie - Don McLean
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
The Hustle - Van McCoy
Dreamweaver - Gary Wright
All By Myself - Eric Carmen
Brother Louie - Stories
Loves Me Like A Rock/Me & Julio/Kodachrome/My Little Town - Paul Simon
Lonely Days/Jive Talkin'/Night Fever/Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Why Can't We Be Friends/Cisco Kid - War
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love/I'll Be Around - The Spinners
Rock The Boat - The Hughes Corporation
Smokin' In The Boys Room - Brownsville Station
Close To You/Sing - The Carpenters
Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Maulder
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
That's The Way/Get Down Tonight - KC & Sunshine Band
ABC/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save - Jackson Five
Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer
(Youre) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton John
Sunshine/Rocky Mountain High/Thank God I'm Country - John Denver
Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill


I mean, it's not rocket science. These are some of the biggest
and most well-known pop songs and groups of the era. Yet,
Sirius practically ignores these icons and chooses to play a
classic rock format instead.
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Old 11-28-2003, 04:42 PM   #10
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Quote:
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How about posting a sample of the songs you'd like to hear, so we can get an idea of the style your looking for.

Jeff
More suggestions!!

Shocking Blue--Venus
Jackson 5
Guess Who--American Woman
Ray Stevens--Everything is Beautiful
Three Dog Night --Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Carpenters --(They Long To Be) Close To You
Bread--Make It With You
Neil Diamond --Cracklin' Rosie
Partridge Family--I Think I Love You
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles --The Tears of a Clown
George Harrison--My Sweet Lord
Dawn --Knock Three Times
Osmonds--One Bad Apple
Three Dog Night --Joy To the World
Raiders--Indian Reservation
Bee Gees --How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Paul & Linda McCartney --Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Cher--Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Nilsson--Without You
Neil Young--Heart of Gold
America--A Horse With No Name
Roberta Flack--The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Neil Diamond --Song Sung Blue
Bill Withers--Lean On Me
Gilbert O'Sullivan--Alone Again (Naturally)
Looking Glass--Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
Mac Davis--Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me
Johnny Nash--I Can See Clearly Now
Temptations --Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
Helen Reddy--I Am Woman
Billy Paul--Me and Mrs. Jones
Carly Simon --You're So Vain
Roberta Flack--Killing Me Softly With His Song
O'Jays--Love Train
Vicki Lawrence--The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando --Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Billy Preston--Will it Go Round in Circles
Jim Croce--Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Maureen McGovern --The Morning After
Diana Ross --Touch Me In the Morning
Helen Reddy--Delta Dawn
Cher--Half-Breed
Gladys Knight & the Pips --Midnight Train to Georgia
Eddie Kendricks--Keep On Truckin'
Ringo Starr --Photograph
Carpenters --Top of the World
Jim Croce--Time in a Bottle
Al Wilson--Show and Tell
Terry Jacks--Seasons In the Sun
John Denver --Sunshine On My Shoulders
Blue Swede--Hooked On a Feeling
Ray Stevens--The Streak
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods--Billy, Don't Be a Hero
Gordon Lightfoot--Sundown
Hues Corporation--Rock the Boat
George McRae--Rock Your Baby
Paper Lace--The Night Chicago Died
Paul Anka--(You're) Having My Baby
Andy Kim--Rock Me Gently
Olivia Newton-John --I Honestly Love You
Billy Preston--Nothing From Nothing
Carl Douglas--Kung Fu Fighting
Harry Chapin--Cat's in the Cradle
Helen Reddy --Angie Baby
Barry Manilow --Mandy
Carpenters --Please Mr. Postman
Captain & Tennille--Love Will Keep Us Together
Wings --Listen To What the Man Said
Bee Gees --Jive Talkin'
Glen Campbell--Rhinestone Cowboy
David Bowie--Fame
Neil Sedaka--Bad Blood
KC & the Sunshine Band--That's the Way (I Like It)
Bay City Rollers--Saturday Night
C. W. McCall--Convoy
Barry Manilow --I Write the Songs
Paul Simon--50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Four Seasons--December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
Wings --Silly Love Songs
Starland Vocal Band--Afternoon Delight
Bee Gees --You Should Be Dancing
KC & the Sunshine Band--(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
Wild Cherry--Play That Funky Music
Leo Sayer--You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Mary MacGregor--Torn Between Two Lovers
Daryl Hall & John Oates--Rich Girl
ABBA --Dancing Queen
David Soul--Don't Give Up On Us
Leo Sayer--When I Need You
Alan O'Day--Undercover Angel
Shaun Cassidy--Da Doo Ron Ron
Barry Manilow --Looks Like We Made It
Debbie Boone --You Light Up My Life
Bee Gees --How Deep is Your Love
Bee Gees --Stayin' Alive
Bee Gees --Night Fever
Yvonne Elliman --If I Can't Have You
Wings --With a Little Luck
Commodores --Three Times a Lady
Frankie Valli --Grease
A Taste of Honey--Boogie Oogie Oogie
Exile--Kiss You All Over
Nick Gilder--Hot Child in the City
Anne Murray--You Needed Me
Donna Summer --MacArthur Park
Chic--Le Freak
Bee Gees --Too Much Heaven
Bee Gees --Tragedy
Blondie--Heart of Glass
Peaches & Herb--Reunited
Donna Summer --Hot Stuff
Bee Gees --Love You Inside Out
Chic--Good Times
The Knack--My Sharona
M--Pop Muzik
Commodores --Still
Styx--Babe
Ruppert Holmes--Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
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Don't you mean classic rock plus disco format instead?
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Old 11-28-2003, 04:44 PM   #12
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That sounds like a nice mix. I've heard Johnny Nash quite a bit lately.

I used to hear alot of those tracks and more, this was a few months back though. I guess they have changed directions since then. I'm with you, let's get back to the roots.

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Man oh man, WE are on a ROLL.

Thanks, guys. You get it!

You see, it is THESE songs that defined the decade. AM RADIO
was still king through most of the 70s, and most people were
listening to pop music, not the underground rock appearing on
FM radio.

I don't understand how Sirius doesn't understand what a 70s
channel is all about. Let me run the channel for a few weeks
and I'd make it the most listened to decades channel on the
entire service. Honestly - I'd put money on it! Send me an email.
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Don't get me wrong, I love classic rock, but they belong on The Rock (which has it's own issues right now). There has to be a dedicated channel to 70's pop like there was before.

btw-excellent suggestion lists.
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Obviously I wasn't able to experience the 70s, but these are the type of songs I think reflect my tastes in 70s music:

Earth, Wind & Fire - September/Sing A Song
Natalie Cole - This Will Be
Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes/Give It Up
King Floyd - Groove Me
Red Bone - Come And Get Your Love
The Spinners - Working My Way Back To You
Wet Willie - Keep On Smiling
King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight
White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin'
Santana - Oye Como Va
The Amazing Rhythms - Third Rate Romance
Van Morrison - Domino

Fun, Fun, Fun...Totally 70s.

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