Beginning this Friday, May 17, Tom Petty will be getting not one but two new stations dedicated to his music on SiriusXM satellite radio.
One will feature an overview of Petty’s entire career, from his work with the Heartbreakers to his solo material and his stints with Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys, available to SiriusXM subscribers on channel 111. It will be available until June 14.
The other will be dedicated to episodes of Petty’s show Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, which airs every Thursday night on SiriusXM channel 27 and features Petty opening up his vaults and discussing deeper cuts from his huge catalog. Both stations will feature studio tracks and rarely heard live material, and Buried Treasure will air around the clock on SiriusXM Internet Radio.
Petty joins a select group of artists who have received their own station. The current lineup includes channels devoted solely to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, and Jimmy Buffet, while past special channels have been dedicated to Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, ABBA, and Metallica.
What artist would you like to see get his or her own satellite radio destination next? For what it’s worth, if they had Wu-Tang Radio, featuring all-Clan on deck tracks as well as solo joints from Method Man, ODB, Raekwon, Ghostface, RZA, and the rest, there would never be any channel changing (Um, except to tune in to Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM 105).
And p.s. — if you can’t get enough Petty, he’s also on tour with the Heartbreakers this summer. They’ll be headlining the Saturday night slot at this year’s Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, which you can watch streaming via MTV.com starting Friday at noon.