With more than 39 years in rock ‘n’ roll and 16 albums under his belt, Tom Petty has been responsible for some of the great American rock classics – Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, You Don’t Know How It Feels, American Girl, Refugee, Don’t Do Me Like That, Breakdown, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and The Waiting, just to name a few.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy awards, the keys to his hometown and his name in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the Heartbreakers ringleader and Traveling Wilbury can add “radio boss” to his resume.
The rock legend will launch his own SiriusXM channel, Tom Petty Radio, on November 20th. The new, exclusive channel will be curated by Petty and will feature music from his legendary career. Included on Tom Petty Radio will be music from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty’s solo career, the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. The channel will also feature unreleased studio and live recordings, exclusive to SiriusXM, as well as unique cover versions of Petty’s songs and rare live performances from Petty’s personal vaults, including the worldwide radio debut of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Aug. 30, 2014 concert at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Tom Petty Radio channel will also regularly feature archival and new episodes of Petty’s critically-acclaimed weekly SiriusXM show, Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, now in its ninth season. The show features Petty pulling together sets of rare, vintage and classic tracks from his private vaults, and sharing his passionate and informed commentary on the best in rock, rhythm and blues.
The new channel will also host the world premiere of new music recorded by Petty, as well as interview segments with him conducted by acclaimed journalist and SiriusXM host, David Fricke. Tom Petty Radio will also feature special guest DJ sessions hosted by members of Petty’s band The Heartbreakers — Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench — as well as The Byrds’ founding member Roger McGuinn, among others.
“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,” said Tom Petty. “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.”
Petty himself will be the first DJ on the channel — a two-hour special will air on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm ET, when the channel launches, and will feature Petty playing music from his entire career along with his commentary about the songs.
Tom Petty Radio will debut this Friday at 6 pm ET on SiriusXM Channel 31 and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, .
Shows featured on Petty’s channel will also be available via SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening online and via smartphones and other connected devices.