Tom Petty to Curate Own SiriusXM Channel
Tom Petty will soon be the recipient of his own satellite radio station as SiriusXM have revealed plans to launch Tom Petty Radio. The Petty-curated channel – which will focus on all aspects of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, from his solo work and the Heartbreakers to the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch – will begin its transmission on November 20th on SiriusXM’s Channel 31.
Petty himself will serve as the station’s first DJ when the channel goes live, with the rocker playing a two-hour block of songs from throughout his career accompanied by his own commentary. Additionally, Tom Petty Radio promises to unearth rare live performances from Petty’s own vaults, including the radio debut of Petty and the Heartbreakers’ August 30th, 2014 concert from Boston’s Fenway Park.
“We are so honored and grateful to SiriusXM for giving our fans access to all of our music, from our biggest hits to very obscure tracks only available through this channel,” Petty said in a statement. “I intend to be very hands on and supply brand new exclusive tracks as well as rarities from our vaults. Our biggest hope is for a channel that is always entertaining in the way only radio can be.”
Tom Petty Radio will feature guest DJ sessions courtesy of the Heartbreakers’ Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench as well as Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Roger McGuinn and more. The station will also broadcast a new interview between Petty and Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke. The channel plans to carry archival and new episodes of Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, the rocker’s long-running weekly SiriusXM show that is now entering its ninth season.