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Pop2K

Pop2K
Broadcast areaUnited States
Canada
FrequencySirius XM Radio 10
Dish Network 6010
099-10 (for Hopper users)
BrandingPop2K
Programming
Format2000s hits
Ownership
OwnerSirius XM Radio
Flex2K & The Flow (which are 2 new radio stations that play 2000s hits. Flex2K plays Hip-Hop Hits and The Flow plays R&B Hits)
History
First air date
2006-04-17 (as XM Hitlist)
2008-11-12 (as Pop2K)
Technical information
ClassSatellite Radio Station
Links
WebsiteSiriusXM: Pop2K

Pop2K (formerly XM Hitlist) is a commercial-free all-2000s radio station that is broadcast on Sirius XM Radio. It is located on channel 10[1] (previously 30), and Dish Network 6010 and 099-10. It plays a range of top 40 hits from 2000 to 2009. Originally, some music would come from the late 1990s (before March 2009, the channel would play music from 1996, 1997 and 1998, but 1999 titles continue on the playlist). The channel is also used for XM's annual pop music chronology, IT. Starting in late 2009, the station started to play more deeper cuts and not the popular hits from the decade, to give it a more or less nostalgic flavor that the decades stations have. By 2010, no new 2010s music has been played unless it is left over from 2009 (for example, "Tik Tok" by Kesha was a number-one song in 2010 but was released in 2009[2]), making it a 2000s-only station. By December 18, 2009, Mediabase ceased reporting the channel's playlist.

The station gets its name from Y2K, the nickname for the year 2000.

History

XM Hitlist was originally created as a commercial-free alternative to Clear Channel's CHR hits station on XM, KISS, which began airing commercials in May 2006. When Clear Channel began airing commercials on KISS, DirecTV and AOL Radio dropped the KISS stream from their services, and added the XM Hitlist stream instead. XM Radio Canada dropped KISS entirely with no replacement. On April 1, 2007, XM Canada added Hitlist to its channel line-up.

In 2008, the channel was rebranded as Pop2K as part of Sirius XM's channel merger. In 2009, Pop2K was dropped from Sirius Satellite Radio for four years as the channel reverted to an XM-exclusive channel, leaving Sirius with only one contemporary hit radio channel. The Pop2K channel was replaced on the Sirius platform by BackSpin (which, ironically, is also part of XM's lineup).

On May 9, 2013, Pop2K was added back to the Sirius Satellite Radio lineup.

On August 21, 2015, Pop2K was added to Dish Network 6010, to go with Sirius XM Radio 10 after seven years.

Current on-air DJs

Pop2K has 3 on-air DJs.

Kim Ashley: Mon-Fri 6am-12pm

Rich Davis: Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm.

Michael Yo: Mon-Fri 6pm-12am.

The Pop2Kountdown

Every Saturday morning Rich Davis plays the top biggest 30 Billboard songs of each year from the 2000s to determine who has the #1 spot from that year.

My Top 8

My Top 8 is where listeners get to choose any of their favorite songs from the 2000s from Green Day to Eminem to Maroon 5 to *NSYNC and more.

DirecTV Channel Lineup

During its suspension on Sirius, it was also the only XM-exclusive channel owned by Sirius XM Radio featured on DirecTV channel 817. On March 27, 2009, Pop2K was added to the Sirius line-up as an internet-only channel.

On February 9, 2010, all of the Sirius XM programming on DirecTV was dropped in favor of Sonic Tap by DMX.

Former DJs

For a period of about six months between April and November 2006, Priestly and Michelle Cartier were moved from Top 20 on 20 to XM Hitlist, retaining their time slots. In November, they were moved back to Top 20 on 20 as part of the channel's relaunch. Priestly and Cartier were subsequently replaced by other DJs on XM Hitlist.

Internet Player

The internet player can be based to play either pop or rock, despite the name implying an all-pop format.

Core artists

References

  1. ^ "XM Channel Lineup" (PDF). May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (2009-12-23). "Kesha Clocks Her First Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-03-12.

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