Sirius XM satellite radio has announced the return of two music channels, one of which promises to "feature the best of old school rap and hip-hop." XM and Sirius abruptly merged their lineups in the middle of a week last month and both services' old school channels were eliminated.
Fans, who were directed online and on their radios to a station that played current hip-hop as an alternative, responded in force to the Nov. 12 disappearance of Sirius' Backspin and XM's The Rhyme from the combined lineup. It apparently got the company's attention.
"Bringing back [disco channel] The Strobe and Backspin is part of our commitment to respond to our subscribers' overwhelming passion for our service," said Scott Greenstein, Sirius XM president and chief content officer. "We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic audience that embraces satellite radio with unprecedented fervor. We will continue to listen to them as we strive to create the best audio entertainment experience available."
The new channel, which will revive the Backspin name, also will host the return of two popular specialty shows: Ladies' First with Monie Love and Zulubeats with Afrika Bambaataa.