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E Street Radio returns to Sirius

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Sirius E Street Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio has just announced the return of E Street Radio, a music channel dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which will premiere on September 27th at 6 pm ET, on Sirius channel 10.

E Street Radio will air on Sirius through late March 2008.

The return of E Street Radio coincides with launch of the band's 2007 concert tour, as well as the October 2nd release of Magic, Bruce Springsteen's first album recorded with the E Street Band since 2002's multi-platinum and Grammy(R) award-winning The Rising.

As the band's 30-city worldwide tour rolls on after its kickoff concert in Hartford, CT on October 2nd, listeners to Sirius' E Street Radio channel will hear daily features on the new album's music and track-by-track discussions with Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band members.

The E Street Radio channel will also feature archival concert recordings of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band dating from early 1973, and behind-the-scenes insights from band insiders.

Fans will also have the opportunity to submit their favorite live recordings of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concerts, and selected submissions get the chance to guest host a show on E Street Radio.

E Street Radio was originally launched by Sirius back in late 2005.

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Steve Blatter strikes again.

The one saving grace if the merger goes through is that Blatter would be replaced by Lee Abrams.

Though the idea of artists specific channels always makes me nervous (possibly reducing variety) sirius keeps picking winners in my book. I'm looking forward to the return of e street radio and some of those old concerts they played. Wish they wouldn't punish The Bridge repeatedly though.

I wonder if it is the relationship sirius has with the jersey kids (little steven's) or listener requests that brought this back?

If you think it's listener requests you're dreaming. Steve Blatter and Walter Sabo just love their artist channels.

It's all about the "marketability" of them. Has nothing to do with listeners...

At a show near the end of the Devils and Dust tour Bruce dedicated a song to Scott G, he knows him somehow.

Nothing to do with listeners comment - yeah go look at how many Springsteen and Sony sites pick up this news for his fans. The man will sell out every stadium show on this tour - FACT

At a show near the end of the Devils and Dust tour Bruce dedicated a song to Scott G, he knows him somehow.

Nothing to do with listeners comment - yeah go look at how many Springsteen and Sony sites pick up this news for his fans. The man will sell out every stadium show on this tour - FACT

I still don't understand-- bandwidth is sacred. Why oh why oh why would you use an entire channel of bandwidth for *one* band? Don't the real Springsteen fans already have every album and a crapload of bootlegged concerts? Couldn't Sirius use this bandwidth to add more variety to their programming?

Here's an idea: An Artist-of-the-Day channel. Every day, showcase a different artist. So Springsteen gets maybe one day every month. Then some of the other great bands get a day of play too. (If I were a Sirius customer) I'd tune into that station every day just to see who the Band of the Day is.

Anonymous Coward nailed it!

Classic Steve Blatter and Scott Greenstein move. Basicly modern-day payola at its finest.

I would have thought Mel would have fired them both (they were Joe Clayton hires after all), but apparently Mel likes Scott Greenstein and Steve Blatter.

At least add a permanent artist only channel that rotates, instead of hijacking the current formats.

>>> The man will sell out every stadium show on this tour - FACT

Maybe. But when he last played in this area they were scheduled in a venue that seats 11,000 and they ended up having to move it to a smaller one.

Well it doesn't get much bigger then the boss in the NE corridor, and it not a bad idea to cater a little to the DC through Boston crowd. Large population that tends to have disposable income.

I also think the dead channel was a solid idea in the fact that you are turning on your product to a large, fanatical base that loves music. These are things that new companies that face an established market have to do to help identify them.

I don't think the variety music has suffered by having a few band dedicated channels. I do love the idea of a rotation channel. Perhaps each tier of music (pop, rock, jazz...) could have a "focus" channel, where they dive a little bit deeper into an artist or influence, but rotate it.

Boooo.....Artist only channels= creativly bankrupt programming. You can bet someone is getting paid on the back end for this and the subscribers be damned!!

anonymous coward says:"It's all about the "marketability" of them. Has nothing to do with listeners..."

Does this make sense to anybody? Is Sirius "marketing" the channel to non-listeners? Or have they figured out that it's not about making the existing 7 million subscribers happy, as much as trying to get the 290 million non-subscribers to look at the product?

Not thrilled with another hijacking of The Bridge, my fav channel- AGAIN!! Just get a Single Artist Channel for heavens sake!! Wouldn't it have made more sense to take over Super Shuffle for 6 mos? I can see cutting down on my accounts over this move!! Payolla at its finest!!

hey artie has another reason for living now

>>> I still don't understand-- bandwidth is sacred. Why oh why oh why would you use an entire channel of bandwidth for *one* band?

If, for example, you could cut a deal with the Boss (or Elvis or the Stones, etc.) and pay them directly for the content, and and take a credit against fees to other organizations for the use of the Boss's work product, you could have a full channel of content while earning a substantial savings on content costs.

Content is king. Except, of course, when money is king.

I just can't wait until XM and Sirius merge so we can have 140 channels playing 140 artists. With advertisements.

Yep, the Bridge is the primary station I listen to, and the biggest reason I consider it worthwhile to pay for radio. Good music, no commercials, no obnoxious DJs. I suffered through the drought when they usurped the station for The Who, but this is the last straw for me. According to their customer service, The Bridge isn't coming back until late March. After that it's anybody's guess how long it will be until they take it off again for another performer, but it doesn't matter to me because I won't be here waiting for it.

The following is taken from The Bridge web page:

THE BRIDGE IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

NO! The Bridge does not need repairs - Sirius management needs repairs. They can start what Shawn Colvin (sp?) calls "a few small repairs" by firing Steve Blatter, Walter Sabo and Scott Greenstein before completing the XM merger - and maybe then Sirius will implement a zero-tolerance policy for single-artist channels at the expense of format variety. It has been three times over the past three years that the Bridge was "closed for repairs" - enough is enough! Sirius, stop treating the Bridge like a red-headed step-child - reinstate the Bridge, and leave it alone!

The Bridge is one of three stations I listen to. I am highly disappointed that they keep messing with it. I do not listen to 10 anymore.

When I first purchased Sirius I came across a site where sooo many customers where asking for a station called the "Bridge" to be put back on. That was a little over a year ago maybe? Being a dedicated doo-wop fan I didn't pay too much attention to it.

When Sirius finally put the "Bridge" back on I deceided to see what everyone was writing about.

Well being a native NYC resident I have had a lot of stations to have listen to over the years and I can trully tell you that I have never come across a station quite like the "Bridge".

I fell in love with it. It had so many different artist's that I never, never got tired of any of them. I ws so happy I had my Doo-Wop and this out of site new channel the "Bridge"

Believe me I love "Bruce" to me he is the voice for what is going on right now. He is not to be blame!! We need him.

I just want my "Bridge" back I miss it so much. I know I'm told over and over again that I can hear the Artists on other channels this may be true, but they are all over, not just one channel.

I really don't think we are asking a lot to have it back on channel ( 10 ) Sirius.

Please don't forget about how the dedicated fans feel and how passionate we are about the "Bridge".

Please give us what you have the power to do. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!

( if any of my spelling is wrong, so not my best quality )

Sincerely, deedee

and the light, and keeps out the wind and the rain, with all the knowledge only in times of very great scarcity and the latter has, so far

and the light, and keeps out the wind and the rain, with all the knowledge only in times of very great scarcity and the latter has, so far

This is incredibly unfair to your customers.I suggest to bridge fans(like myself) to take the bridge channel off your car list until Mr. Springsteen is taken off (so they can track the popularity of the channel ).Also I didn't subscriibe when the Who replaced the Bridge .What gives, are we (bridge fans)the lowest rated show by popularity on sirius.Also I suggest if you(Bridge fans) really hate this,to cancel the station.Really the only thing managment will truly understand is lost revenue.

We're still suffering through the e street channel....

WHen is the Bridge coming back ?

Who could listen to springsteen all day and night ?

There are so many Sirius channels. Listen to them. After following this tour this spring, I love turning this station on each day for a while. This is very likely the last tour for this most phenomenal band and I can't get enough. Don't stop it at the end of this month, please!