Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Theme Time Radio Hour

Theme Time Radio Hour is a one-hour long radio show hosted by Bob Dylan. Each episode is an eclectic, freeform brew of blues, folk, rockabilly, R&B, soul, bebop, rock-and-roll, country and pop music, centered around a "theme," with songs from artists as diverse as Patti Page and LL Cool J.

The show reflects Dylan's, and very probably producer Eddie Gorodetsky's, deep interest in and knowledge of music. Interspersed between the music segments are email readings; phone calls; old radio station ID's, promos, and jingles; "def poet" poetry recitations; taped commentary from a variety of musicians and comedians; and thoughts from Dylan on the music and musicians, as well as other miscellanea related to the themes.

Broadcast history

The first episode of TTRH was broadcast on May 3, 2006 on the Deep Tracks channel of XM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, now called SIRIUS XM Radio after its purchase and merger with competitor SIRIUS Satellite Radio. TTRH was originally broadcast every Wednesday at 10:00 am ET on Deep Tracks, with several "encore" repeats throughout the week on various channels, including an all-day airing on what was XMX Channel 2.

On November 12, 2008, SIRIUS XM revised its channel lineup, providing SIRIUS and XM listeners with access to programming on both networks. As of that date, TTRH began airing every Wednesday at 11 am ET on Deep Tracks - Channel 40 on XM and Channel 16 on SIRIUS.

Several channels on both stations were discontinued, including XMX Channel 2, which had aired TTRH all day on Wednesdays. According to the SIRIUS and XM Radio sites, encore presentations of TTRH air on Mondays 8 pm ET, Thursdays 12 am ET, and Sundays 8 am ET on Deep Tracks Channel 16 of SIRIUS and Channel 40 of XM Radio. Additional weekly encore shows air Wednesdays at 12 noon ET and Mondays at 12 midnight on XM Channel 15, The Village.[1].

Beginning February 8, 2009, The Spectrum (Sirius Channel 18 and XM Channel 45) began airing repeats of the program in a four-hour block each Sunday from 4-8 pm ET. Each block begins and ends with an encore of the most recent TTRH episode from the previous Wednesday, with two older episodes aired in between.[2]

DirecTV subscribers can also hear the show on the Deep Tracks simulcast on channel 840.[3]

From 2006 through 2008 AOL Radio offered the show on "AOL Radio featuring XM," a selection of 200 XM radio stations that was available to those with an AOL login and a broadband internet connection. In March 2008, XM Radio and America Online announced that they were ending that relationship "by mutual agreement" After April 30, 2008 the XM Radio channels were no longer available on AOL Radio.[4]

In 2007 the program also began airing in the United Kingdom on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and in Ireland on Dublin-based alternative rock station Phantom FM.


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