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The '40s on 4
40s on 4 logo.svg
Broadcast area United States
Canada
Frequency Sirius 4
XM 4
Dish Network 6004
DirecTV 801
First air date September 25, 2001
Format 1930s and 1940s Music
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner Sirius XM Radio
Logo used prior to the Sirius/XM merger on November 12, 2008.

'40s on 4 (or just The '40s) is a commercial-free music channel on the Sirius XM Radio platform, broadcasting on both XM and Sirius channel 4 as well as DirecTV channel 801 and Dish Network channel 6004. It mostly plays big band, swing, and hit parade music from 1936 to 1949.

The channel often bills itself as "The Savoy Express on Track #4", a reference to the passenger train travel common in the 1940s. The "Station Master" (Program Director) for the channel is Marlin Taylor and the Music Director is Bob Moke.

Similar to the other decades channels, The '40s channel recreates the feeling of its time period. They are able to do this through big band/swing music, historic newscasts, top-three track countdowns from the current week in a year from 1936–1949, World War II–era patriotic songs, and Spike Jones joke novelty recordings. The channel also intermittently plays tracks from the 1920s and early 1930s (under the banner of the "Record Museum"), as well as some tracks from the early 1950s.

The channel has also been used for XM's annual pop music chronology, IT.

From November 16-December 25, 2009, the channel is being pre-empted for Holiday Traditions, a seasonal format devoted to popular Christmas music of the 1940s through the 1960s. This terminates at midnight Eastern Standard Time, while it is still Christmas in the vast majority of both the U.S. and Canada, and despite the fact that most people observe the Christmas season at least through New Year's Eve. Some of the same classic songs are aired on Holly through December 31, however.

Programs

  • Historic Newscasts - Reporter "Ed Baxter" (voiced by Bill Schmalfeldt) reports on the current day's events in a year from 1936 to 1949 as if they were current events.
  • Big Band Jump - This is a syndicated radio program by Don Kennedy that tells the background of big band/swing songs, as well as stories about past and current swing/big band artists.
  • Bing Crosby Radio Shows - Re-airing Crosby's appearances on such vintage programs as Philco Radio Time and Kraft Music Hall.

Past programs include Harmony Square, a one-hour presentation of barbershop music that aired on Sunday afternoons and evenings. The series ended with the November 9–10, 2008 broadcast.

Trivia

  • During Academy Award season, Bob Moke would regularly introduce and play all of the Academy-Award nominated songs for a particular year between 1936 and 1949.

Official Websites

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