Bob Dylan is making a return to his famed Theme Time Radio Hour series, which will take over SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks (Ch. 27) as a limited-run pop-up channel on Monday, September 21 at 12 pm ET. All of Dylan’s classic satellite radio shows will air back to back during this special week-long takeover, including a brand new, never-before-heard episode titled “Whiskey” inspired by Dylan’s passion for whiskey and the creation of his lauded whiskey collection, Heaven’s Door Spirits.
September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Dylan will be honouring the spirit when this special new Theme Time Radio Hour episode kicks off the week. The all-new episode discusses how whiskey has shaped the world – from music to sports and everything in between. At just under two hours long, the episode is a perfect pairing for music and whiskey enthusiasts alike to tune in while enjoying a glass of their favourite Heaven’s Door Whiskey.
The remainder of the week will feature ingenious playlists for the musically curious with Dylan at the helm. Until Monday, September 28 at 3 am ET, hear a constant stream of past Theme Time Radio Hour episodes with songs dedicated to themes like Dogs, The Devil, Weather, and more.
First introduced in May 2006, Theme Time Radio Hour was a weekly one-hour radio show hosted by Bob Dylan, with each episode dedicated to a different topic, including Money, Presidents, and Spring Cleaning. Throughout the show, Dylan’s eclectic mix of music tracks were accompanied by his own unique brand of commentary. The show also featured humour and familiar voices calling in to ask questions and offer anecdotes. These call-in guests included Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Elvis Costello, Astrid Gilberto, Ricky Jay, Keb Mo, Marianne Faithfull, Jack White, Amy Sedaris, Cat Power, T Bone Burnett, John Cusack, Mick Jones, and Steve Earle.
At its conclusion in April 2009, 100 episodes of Theme Time Radio Hour had aired, and the show was among the most-listened-to programs on all of satellite radio. The groundbreaking series received countless accolades during its run, including from the New York Times, which wrote, “As DJ, Mr. Dylan vamps on the lyrics of his chosen songs, and makes observations that often amount to something like what he does musically: He taps America’s musical heritage with words that veer from the logically linear to the abstract,” and the Washington Post, which observed, “He’s voluble, generous, articulate. He’s liable to quote a poem, give tips on hanging drywall or pass along a recipe.”