Americans who want to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in a patriotic way are in for a treat. SiriusXM satellite radio said Tuesday it will debut a channel devoted to that tragic day later this Fall. “The Tower” launches on October 11, 2018. SIRIUS waited a month after the 17th anniversary of the attacks “out of respect for the heroes who fell that day,” according to a spokesman. There will be no advertising for the first 102 minutes on the first day of broadcasting.
“SiriusXM, which has the best programming in all of radio, is committed to constantly improving its programming offerings in a cost-effective way,” said Seth Gruenberg, President of Entertainment and Sports. “With this new channel, SiriusXM enhances our listeners’ choice and their patriotism at the same time.”
The satellite radio provider has been secretive about the programming for the new channel, but a well-placed source told The Z Review that, “The Tower will feature LOTS of Lee Greenwood. “ The source also confirmed that Sirius had hired Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot to pen a “tasteful” homage to the day 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. The song, titled “The Wreck of the Cantor Fitzgerald,” is reportedly 17 minutes long, in honor of the time between the crashes of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
“It will be a channel that will sound shockingly current and alive, not a retrospective jukebox,” Gruenberg said. “Now, every day can be 9/11 for our millions of subscribers.
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