Pink Floyd’s great gig in the sky is getting even better.
Satellite radio service SiriusXM announced that the Pink Floyd
Channel has won two regular slots on Deep Tracks, beginning now.
Meanwhile, owners of some new satellite radio units may join online
subscribers in getting their Pink Floyd fix 24/7.
Floyd’s Roger Waters said this “great news as it means we’ll all be
able to get (the channel) when we’re stuck in traffic.” The
singer-bassist said the psychedelic grooves might even cut down on “road
The Pink Floyd Channel hasn’t been available to regular subscribers of satellite radio since its limited run last May.
While Floyd freaks were hoping the channel would find a full-time
slot - as with the mainstream Grateful Dead, Elvis and Jimmy Buffett
channels - it was not to be. But the Pink Floyd channel stayed alive on
SiriusXM Internet Radio (channel 711) and now it’s expanding somewhat.
Deep Tracks channel 27 - the closest thing SiriusXM has to a
psychedelic music channel - will simulcast the Pink Floyd Channel
Sundays from 6 p.m. to midnight ET. And there’s a new daily fix on Deep
Tracks: Monday through Friday from midnight to 1 a.m. ET.
Owners of the Lynx and Edge satellite radio receivers can access the
24/7 Floyd stream on channel 311. It’ll also be available “in select
vehicles” - meaning some new models with expanded channel lineups.
Meanwhile, the Pink Floyd Channel continues full-time broadcasting via the web. “We’ve been happy there online,” Waters said.
The expanded SiriusXM online service - whose goodies include archives
of programs by Bob Dylan (Channel 710) and Tom Petty (Channel 712) -
costs regular subscribers a couple of bucks. That streaming service also
is available via the SiriusXM Radio App for mobile devices.
The Pink Floyd stream
started as a limited-run special spanning the Memorial Day weekend of
2012. It was extended into midsummer due to “popular demand” and then
found its slot online.
Longtime free-form radio personality Jim Ladd was instrumental in launching the Pink Floyd Channel and is its curator. Pink Floyd recently teamed with Spotify to stream its catalog. Surviving members of the band also took on Pandora over royalty payments.
"We’ve been happy there online. However, now the channel is being
expanded, which is great news as it means we’ll all be able to get it
when we’re stuck in traffic,” said Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. “Reaching
out in drive time, love it! It could even conceivably have an impact on
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