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Escape (Sirius XM)

Broadcast areaUnited States
FrequencySirius XM Radio 149
DISH Network 6069
FormatBeautiful Music/Easy Listening
OwnerSirius XM Radio
First air date
August 26, 2002 (as SUNNY)
Technical information
ClassSatellite Radio Station
WebsiteSiriusXM: Escape

Escape is a Sirius XM Satellite Radio music channel, available on XM channel 149,[1] Sirius channel 149[2] and DISH Network channel 6069,[3] as well as online and via a mobile app.[4]

Escape features a beautiful music format, described as "Easy instrumental arrangements of the great melodies of the past 80 years with a touch of vocal", and plays a music from such instrumental artists as 101 Strings, Hollyridge Strings, Henry Mancini, Chet Atkins, Bert Kaempfert, Franck Pourcel, Richard Clayderman, Ferrante & Teicher, Geoff Love, Jackie Gleason, Andre Kostelanetz, Paul Mauriat, and Percy Faith, as well as vocalists such as Andy Williams, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and The Carpenters.

XM had previously featured the beautiful music format on Sunny, channel 24. In early 2006, the Sunny channel, which was owned by Clear Channel Communications, changed formats and started airing commercial interruptions as the result of an arbitration settlement with Clear Channel. Due to the format change of Sunny and the commercial interruptions, XM created the Escape channel (channel 78, prior to the Sirius-XM merger, and channel 28 after) as a commercial-free beautiful music channel. After the merger with Sirius in 2008, Escape started incorporating more vocal tracks into its playlist (to compensate for the loss of Sirius' more soft-AC based Movin' Easy channel), but these were quickly reduced after complaints.

As of February 9, 2010, DirecTV dropped Sirius XM programming in favor of SonicTap.

Escape has occasionally been pre-empted in favor of special programming, as for a seasonal "Radio Hanukkah" format in 2009 and 2010, and a "Live Rock Labor Day Weekend" format in 2010.

On August 13, 2015, Escape was dropped from radios and DISH Network and became available only on channel 751, accessible to online users, and to users of the SiriusXM mobile application through a special subscription.[4][5] The channel's creator, Marlin Taylor, veteran radio programmer for many stations and program syndicators such as Bonneville and known as "the father of the beautiful music format," retired shortly afterward.[6] Escape was restored to Channel 69 on the satellite lineup on September 15, 2015 (on XM-based radios) and October 7, 2015 (on Sirius-based radios). It returned to the DISH Network lineup on November 12, 2015.

As of Wednesday, June 7. 2023, Escape was moved to channel 149 on SiriusXM.

Core artists


  1. ^ "XM Channel Lineup" (PDF). 2011-05-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  2. ^ "Sirius Channel Lineup" (PDF). 2011-05-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  3. ^ DISH Network channel list Retrieved on 2008-11-14
  4. ^ a b "Channel Update FAQs". Archived from the original on 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  5. ^ "Sirius XM Escape Home Page". Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  6. ^ Sirius XM Escape Facebook post - August 28, 2015

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