Start spreading the news – SiriusXM today announced its extensive programming to celebrate the iconic Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday on his exclusive SiriusXM channel, Siriusly Sinatra.
The schedule will include a new special hosted by Nancy Sinatra including some of her personal favorites; shows hosted by Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Tina Sinatra; and an hour-long feature highlighting a new boxed set of rare radio recordings that Frank made during the early part of his career; broadcasts of The Chairman’s Hour, the Siriusly Sinatra series ‘hosted’ by Frank Sinatra himself using archival material; and episodes of Playing Favorites, the SiriusXM radio show featuring Tom Brokaw, Tony Bennett, Angie Dickinson, Steve Wynn, Linda Ronstadt and many others hosting their favorite Sinatra music.
Additionally, the weekend-long celebration will include a live broadcast from Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York City hosted by Steve Tyrell, which will feature a national birthday ‘toast’ to Frank at 3:00 pm ET and PT inviting listeners to raise a glass to The Chairman of the Board. Siriusly Sinatra’s special programming will also feature broadcasts of Sinatra’s television specials including The Man and His Music and other shows with special guests including Diahann Carroll, Dean Martin, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald; Sinatra concerts from the 50’s through the 80’s recorded in London, New York, Dominican Republic, St. Louis and Tokyo.
The special programming will also feature exclusive comments from performers at the Sinatra 100 Concert in Las Vegas, including Lady Gaga, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, John Legend, Katherine McPhee, LL Cool J, Nick Jonas, Quincy Jones, Trisha Yearwood and Usher.
“After launching our exclusive Sinatra channel eight years ago, it has become the preeminent destination for Frank Sinatra’s music and the American Songbook,” said Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Sinatra family and are extremely proud to honour Frank on his 100th birthday.”
The celebration airs around the clock Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13, via satellite on SiriusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra, channel 71, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM’s Radio Classics, channel 148, will also be celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday all week long, leading up to a Sinatra marathon with exclusive commentary from Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert, on Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 pm ET.
Additionally, SiriusXM will turn on inactive satellite car radios for free this weekend for listeners to enjoy select channels including Siriusly Sinatra, ’40s Junction, ’50s on 5 and Radio Classics.