Some of us likely know we used to call home the former KLIF-AM studios on Commerce Street and Central Expressway, till our former publisher decided, ya know, a sterile Uptown high-rise really is more, ya know, alternative than a landmark building. At least someone knows how to pay homage to an icon: XM Radio, go figure. But, yup, the future of broadcasting (so they say) will offer a tribute to the past a week from tomorrow, when XM's Channel 6 (devoted to music of the 1960s) will devote five hours of programming to none other than KLIF.
What's that mean? The full press release is after the jump, but in short, XM promises: "You can hear the radio station jingles from the 60’s, recordings of the DJs and announcers, and chatter about Dallas and Dallas-area high schools, restaurants, concerts, and hangouts. And of course, you can hear the classic songs that the station played during the fabulous 60’s." It runs from 3-8 p.m. as part of XM's weekly "Sonic Sound Salutes" show, and if you don't have XM radio, of course, you can always tune in online and listen gratis. --Robert Wilonsky
1960s RADIO POWERHOUSE KLIF DALLAS WILL BE REBORN FOR THE DAY ON XM SATELLITE RADIO
If you grew up in Dallas in the 1960s, you probably remember listening to the Beatles and the Supremes on KLIF Radio.
The 60s sound of KLIF will be reborn on Friday, June 8, on XM Satellite Radio, if only for the day.
XM has a 60’s radio channel that plays the popular hits from the decade. Every Friday, the channel pays tribute to a great radio station from the era on a show called “Sonic Sound Salutes.”
You can hear the radio station jingles from the 60’s, recordings of the DJs and announcers, and chatter about Dallas and Dallas-area high schools, restaurants, concerts, and hangouts. And of course, you can hear the classic songs that the station played during the fabulous 60’s.
XM will celebrate Dallas’s KLIF as one of the most successful and influential radio stations of the period on the 60’s channel from 4 pm to 9 pm ET.
The weekly tributes are hosted by XM disc jockey Terry “Motormouth” Young, whose research includes his own audio tapes, Web sites, and phone calls to local chambers of commerce to find people who grew up with that station.
“For five hours, we are going to turn our channel into KLIF from the 1960’s,” said Young. “You’ll hear the songs and the jingles and DJs you remember. This is one of our most popular shows. We get calls from people all over the country who have lived in that week’s city and remember that station. At XM, we’re passionate about good music and good radio, and this show pays tribute to both.”
The 60’s channel is one of 173 channels available on XM Satellite Radio, which is broadcast from coast to coast. XM is the nation’s leading satellite radio company with 7.6 million subscribers. Listeners tune into XM on satellite radios for the car, home, and portable use. A free, three-day trial of XM Satellite Radio is available online at http://listen.xmradio.com
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.