By Demian Russian
Are you ready for some Disco? Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) will launch Studio 54 Radio, a 24/7 commercial-free channel devoted to the best classic dance and disco as a tribute to the music often played in the legendary Sudio 54 club created by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. This special channel will broadcast music from the vaults and special record collections of insiders, much of which hasn’t been heard since the club’s doors shut. Sirius XM’s Studio 54 Radio launches Monday, August 15th at 5:00 pm ET on Sirius and XM channel 15.
The new channel will showcase dance club classics and disco, featuring music from the ’70s and ’80s, as well as classic mixes from dance icon John “Jellybean” Benitez’s personal collection. The channel will also feature mix shows from the top DJs of the era.
We are thrilled to announce that we are ‘reopening’ the Studio 54 doors on radio. With the launch of Studio 54 Radio, we are excited to offer our listeners a chance to relive, or experience for the first time, the music and atmosphere from the truly iconic era. If you weren’t there, you didn’t hear it. But now you can — only on SiriusXM.
– Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM
Legendary Studio 54 doorman, Marc Benecke, and Myra Scheer, executive assistant to former Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell, will host weekly interview shows, The Marc and Myra Show, with Studio 54 insiders from the iconic era. Special guests will include Studio 54′s original head of security, original bartenders, waiters, busboys and well known club regulars and celebrities.
Studio 54 was like a spectacular comet that flashed its brilliance for a short period of time and was gone. Whether you were inside the club or outside the ropes, this show is for you, Marc and Myra will take you there and let you have one more night.
– Marc Benecke
My first day working at Studio 54 I was on the phone talking to Andy Warhol ,. “My assignment was to invite Steve’s master call list. Now Marc and I are calling them to be on our show and inviting listeners to hear some fascinating stories as to why to this day there is nothing that compares to it.
– Myra Scheer
Sirius XM’s Studio 54 Radio listeners will hear music spun by iconic DJs and artists, including Studio 54 opening week DJ Nicky Siano and iconic DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez, who will executive produce the channel.
I’m excited to play this music that I’ve seen thousands of people dance to over the years and haven’t heard on the radio in a long time.
– DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez
Studio 54 is one of the most well known disco clubs in the world. The club, which opened in 1977 in New York City, was an iconic gathering place for actors, musicians, artists and celebrities. Studio 54 was the brainchild of Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager .
For more information about Sirius XM and Studio 54 Radio, visit www.siriusxm.com.
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