Our friends in the US have another treat in store - well, those who have access to Sirius XM Radio, that is. In the extensive Roger Waters interview last night with Jim Ladd, Roger revealed that "The Pink Floyd Channel" will launch on their subscription service. It will feature "vintage concerts, special interviews and the entire Pink Floyd catalogue".
It is due to launch on May 25th, which is the start of the US Memorial Day weekend (May 28th is a public holiday). It goes live at midday ET on the 25th, and will run through to Monday, May 28th on channel 27. The channel will also be available Friday, June 29th through to Monday, July 9th on Sirius channel 142 and XM channel 43. Additionally, "The Pink Floyd Channel" will be available as a 24/7 channel online on channel 802 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and mobile devices beginning Friday, June 29th for an extended period.
The channel will not just feature Pink Floyd's music, but also solo albums by Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett, "live concerts, rarities, demo versions of classic Pink Floyd songs and studio outtakes". Listeners will also hear an in-depth interview conducted by Jim Ladd with Roger Waters, as well as with David Gilmour and fellow Pink Floyd member Nick Mason.
"The Pink Floyd Channel" will be curated and hosted by SiriusXM host Jim Ladd, the legendary free-form DJ who has been conducting interviews with Pink Floyd since 1979. Ladd was also part of Roger Waters' album Radio KAOS and subsequent tour. Ladd hosts his own, eponymous weekday show on Deep Tracks, channel 27.
"I can't think of a better home for the Pink Floyd catalogue, and all the solo stuff, than SiriusXM," said Roger Waters. "How cool for all our fans and what a great way to introduce the work to new generations of listeners."