Bring Back Sirius Boombox!

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Yes, I was an early adopter with the whole satellite radio thing – I think we put it in our Mini Cooper when we bought it in 2003.  At first, I thought is was so awesome with hundreds of channels to choose from – all that music and stuff!  But, I soon realized that it is just like cable TV – all those choices and nothing really on.  (How did we watch TV with only 4 channels back in the day, anyway?)  

So, after awhile I settle on one station and it becomes not only my favorite station, but pretty much the only one I listen to.  Sirius Boombox – channel 39.  Boombox was the brainchild of DJ Liquid Todd and had a three year run as the go-to station for “break beat and electro rock”   Um, what is that?  Well, here is the official definition according to that vast knowledge datatbase, Wikipedia: 

Breakbeat (sometimes breakbeats or breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house or trance). These rhythms may be characterised by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.

Okay, I didn’t know that either – but I do know that I like it.  The stuff I heard on Boombox became my new favorite stuff I bought for my iPod.  So, fast-forward to a few weeks ago, I get in the car and the satellite box does some sort of updating and – poof – my Boombox is no more.  It turns out that because of the Sirus/XM merger they had to do a little editing and decided to trash my station!  I got a cute note in my mailbox telling me that if I loved Boombox, I will love Alt-Rock or some lame-o pop station.  WTF????

I understand with the merger that there would be some overlap and therefore some of the redundant stations would have to go… but WHY would you turn a station off that was a unique niche and has no replacement?  Now I have nothing to listen to for my monthly fee.

I guess I’m not the only one who’s upset as there is plenty of chatter on the messageboards and blogs lamenting this stupid decision.  I thought I would add my two cents and say BRING BACK BOOMBOX fuckers!

8 thoughts on “Bring Back Sirius Boombox!

  1. I also really loved Boombox. I liked the sound of the break beats. I had never heard that kind of thing before, but I got to like it. On my blog there are links to a petition to bring it back. If you want you can sign. I don’t know if it will help. There was an email given for someone who would help us bring it back. I wrote to him, but never heard back. I could listen to Boombox for like four hours a day.

  2. Yea im having sirius withdrawls now! I have been introduced too so many kool new bands/artists cause of boombox. Plus all the sweet remixes come on! If like boombox i will like the pop channel? Hell to the no. This sucks i am real close to canceling my subscription. Was also my fav channel.

  3. Sirius is deliberately trying to silence the people who want Sirius Boombox back. Each time they get rid of a channel or a show they wipe it from their website, so it looks like the channel never existed. I was in a Facebook group “called bring back sirius boombox” or something like that and someone deleted the group, or at least I can’t find it anymore. I thought at first I did not like Sirius Boombox I was confused by the concept, but then I began to listen to it on long drives and found it allowed me to enter a comforting trace like state. I played it when I was driving children to and from school and home because they liked it and it had no swearing or any DJ talk that would have been upsetting. Almost as soon as it became my favorite channel, I listened to it for hours a day, they got rid of it and replaced with something on Alternative Nation, but it was not the same music on Alternate Nation. It was just a fake thing they invented to confuse us. Alternative Music is nothing like the Sirius Boombox format. If I had known they were removing it, I would have started recording it. There were songs I grew to know and love without knowing their names, but since I did not know the names of them or maybe they are all mixes, there was no way for to find these songs again and listen to them or even buy them. I called them and complained. I said “You got me to try a music format that I had never listened to before and you succeeded in make me like it, but then you cruely took it away. That is not fair and I feel cheated.” Since then nothing has ever and probably never will replace Sirius Boombox, and I never listen to this kind of music anymore because I can’t find any. ☹

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