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Old 06-27-2006, 09:03 AM   #16
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I like the oldies, even though I was born 12 years after the 50's ended. We listen to this a lot at work, a lot of the folks like this because it plays the "older oldies" more than the local oldies station in Pittsburgh, 3WS, which kind of combines Sirius 5, 6, and 7.

Other than at work, though, I don't listen to it much. I also love the jingles.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:11 PM   #17
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When i first put Sirius in the car, I listened to this channel with my Dad. This is a channel that really "takes you away" and transports you to another era. There is a definte feeling you get when you listen to Sirius Gold, and the feeling is consistent. I had forgotten about it, but now that we've walked the dog on 5, I've added it as a preset. It's a really special channel with a unique personality, and I love it!
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:34 PM   #18
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This is a good channel. My mom got a Sirius subscription when I let her listen to it. "oldies stations in major cities that use to be 50-60's became 60/70's alienating people like my mother. She is 62 and love the music from 55-the British Invasion. This station delivers that great doo-wop you can not hear anywhere else.

I pay for this subscription for her so that we get the cheaper discount having it under me. But the way things are going...her subscription is about to be the only one left under my name.

I'm glad she is happy. The decades channels (except for the Pulse/90's) are done very well on sirius as a whole.
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Old 06-28-2006, 02:23 PM   #19
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I'm glad she is happy. The decades channels (except for the Pulse/90's) are done very well on sirius as a whole.
i.e. "The decades channels are done very well on Sirius as a whole". The Pulse is not a decades channel!

A case can be made that Gold isn't a decades channel, either, though Gold is more of a decades channel than The Pulse.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:15 PM   #20
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definatly enjoy this channel. Its just fun music to listen to.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:42 PM   #21
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None of them really are "decades channels" which is why Sirius classifies them under Pop. I actually think the approach sirius takes is smarter. Music styles didn't change at the turn of a decade, but for a couple in a row they changed about midway through. These are more "era" channels then decades. It makes more sense for a station to be 55-65 and 65-early 70's because those were two big turning points in music history (birth of RR and British Invasion). 70's and 80's covers more of their whole decades which is smart b/c we have no problem lumping Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton along with Two of Hearts by Stacey Q!

The Pulse thing though is not a decade channel, nor an era channel...and still not something I have been able to figure out in two + years.
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The Pulse thing though is not a decade channel, nor an era channel...and still not something I have been able to figure out in two + years.
The Pulse is Hot AC (minus the '80s cuts that often populate Hot AC on FM).

What is Hot AC?

Hot AC is between CHR (Contemporary/Current Hit Radio... the FM variant of Top 40 pioneered by stations like Hartford's WTIC-FM in the '70s [of interest... WTIC has been Hot AC for about a decade now]; Sirius Hits 1 is CHR) and normal AC (StarLite being that format on Sirius). It's somewhat current oriented, but avoids hard rock and hip-hop hits. These stations tend to stress variety, at least relative to CHR. "Mix" is the dominant brand in the format (Infinity's Mix 98.5 in Boston being one of the more consistently successful pioneers of the format); stations tend to use liners like "The best of the '80s, '90s, and today."

Adult Hits (formatese for Jack and its derivatives) is best understood as an evolution on Hot AC (though without the emphasis on currents). In those markets with a well-done Hot AC (Boston, for instance), AH has not succeeded.

The format is best described as: "Top 40 from the last 20 years or so that tests well with female 25-39." It's spawned at least two subgenres... Modern AC which emphasizes alternative rock and a newer format, Movin' AC (pushed by Alan Burns) which emphasizes R&B from the last 10-15 years (TLC, Usher, Sir Mix-a-lot, Black Eyed Peas seem to be the mainstays of this new format).

http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/a...at_is_ac_g.php is an interesting look at integrating the '90s hits into the Hot AC format... it kind of sums what's wrong with The Pulse if it's trying to be a '90s decade channel.

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Part of the problem in trying to program the '90s is that there was no shared pop experience that lasted for more than a year or two. The all-ages coalition that made Top 40 so successful in the mid-'80s (and is at the center of a Bob- or Jack-FM now) had scattered by the early '90s. Many markets lost their only Mainstream Top 40, dispersing listeners to Country (the only truly shared experience of the time), Hot AC, or Rhythmic Top 40. For a minute, the mid-'90s Modern Rock revolution managed a quorum, but it fragmented, too, with the advent of Modern AC. In fact, the most heard Top 40 music of the decade was late '90s teen pop, which Mainstream AC has just finished purging.
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:56 PM   #23
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Sirius Gold is a really fun channel. And it's one that offers something not found any more on terrestrial radio. The mainstram oldies stations (like WODS in Boston) started out playing this music, plus the music you hear on '60s Vibrations. But now, they've abandoned the music on this channel (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, etc) for the music found on Totally '70s (Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, etc.). That might be a good business decision for them (people who grew up in the '70s are still prime consumers and are targeted by ad agencies, unlike those who grew up in the '50s), but it's a terrible music decision - the '50s/early '60s music was so much better than the '70s pop music. That's why satellite radio is so great - they don't need to answer to advertisers, so they can offer the early rock and roll music the way it should be. And Sirius Gold goes much deeper than terrestrial radio like WODS ever went - I heard many songs for the first time. Good job, Sirius.
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Old 07-02-2006, 10:48 AM   #24
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I'd like to see more 50's music and less overlap into the 60's.... But that aside, I do like Sirius Gold.. It's been one of my presets for a couple of years now.
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This is a cool channel. Good listening.
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Old 08-13-2006, 06:09 PM   #26
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This is the main reason for purchasing Sirius, it's just all about memories even though it' s a little before my time, I still love everything about it.
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:30 PM   #27
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Thumbs up The Doo-Wop Drive-In

I was not born in the 50's or 60's, but I grew up listening to "oldies" radio. I am familiar with and really enjoy most of the songs that play on Sirius Gold. Then, tonight, I listened to the Doo-Wop Drive-In for the first time. Wow, I hardly knew any of the songs or even the artists. I did enjoy it, though. It was a nice change of pace from what is played the rest of the week. I'll have to remember to tune in again next Sunday night.
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Ok. I grew up in the 70s, but was fortunate to live in a house where my parents were HUGE fans of this type of music. From my earliest memories, I can recall listening to music from the 50s and 60s. It was natural and the norm for me. Not only rock and roll (like Elvis, the Beatles, etc) but also people like Sam Cooke, Gene Pitney, Nat King Cole.

Therefore, I can't tell you how much I enjoy listening to this station. Its an A Preset for me thats for sure. I tune in often and will continue to do so! Great job with Sirius Gold!
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:30 AM   #29
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I was skeptical at first, thinking "This Channel is supposed to be the 50's, but a lot of the music seems to be from the 60s." However, all the songs seem to fit together well. Not really my first choice type of music, but it is very well programmed. I prefer to get my "oldies" fix from the 60s Vibrations.
I've been with Sirius for several years now, and to my knowledge Gold has always been a 50's-early 60's channel---not 50's only. The channel description on the Sirius website reads "The roots of rock & roll, from the late '50s and early '60s."

Since Rock really didn't take off as a popular medium until Elvis hit the big time in 1956, the channel would be highly repetitious if it tried to play only 50's rock/pop. So I don't have a problem with them throwing in some early 60's music.

Like some other posters have already mentioned, I also like Siri's approach of playing music up until the Beatles/British Invasion.
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