XM 72 Beyond Jazz Update

As I blogged about last month, my favorite channel, XM Satellite Radio channel 72 Beyond Jazz, is ending. It’s off the air on November 14. Program director Russ Davis wants you to know that he and Jammin’ Jazz host Michelle Sammartino aren’t through with the music, though. Russ is launching MOJARadio (MoJa is short for Modern Jazz). So fans of the hard-to-find blend of fusion, funk, acid jazz, techno, world jazz, new jazz singers, nu-jazz, acid bebop, hip-hop jazz, jam-band jazz, and such won’t be left out in the cold. I’m looking forward to this.

36 Comment(s)

  1. I’m shocked and crushed this morning. XM72 was absolutely the best radio station I’ve ever heard. I’m not sure how to get through work or drive without it.


    Kae Mason | Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. do you think petitioning XM will do any good? based upon what i saw on Russ and Michelles new web site it sounds like its a done deal. i’m so bummed…

    greg | Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. All fans of Beyond Jazz should absolutely register their disgust with Sirius XM. It is a service you are paying for, thus, it is your duty to inform the provider when you are dissatisfied with the service.
    I have sent multiple emails, and will continue to do so.
    My XM subscription is hanging by a thread after this.

    Bryan | Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’m in the same state, Kae. I am in total shock. What’s there to live for? Geez.

    drPhilGandini | Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. I officially ended my subscription to XM Radio today on the same day that saw the first sunrise without Mr. Davis at the helm of channel 72. I listened to Beyond Jazz almost exclusively and had once joked in an e-mail to Russ Davis that I may as well just break all the buttons on my sat radio as I don’t need to change channels. BJ will be missed, but the music is still out there for us to enjoy, only now it will have to be in another manner.

    Stefano | Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

  6. My multiple Sirius XM subscriptions will be history. Like Stefano mentioned, there was just one station worth listening to at home or on the road and now it’s gone.:( Damn bean counters screwed it up I suspect? With all the junk stations on Sirius / XM, how could these morons kill the coolest musical experience out there, “Beyond Jazz”. I think we should flood them with e-mails and jam up all their servers!

    Leslie | Nov 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. As a person who loves “our” type of jazz, I am truly shocked and sadden by this bad decision. I feel like someone stole something that I loved and treasured. I am lost for words and don’t understand why this happened. The music played was a major part of my daily routine; helping me when I am down; picking me up when necessary.
    Life goes on without my favorite music.
    Bad decision by people who just dont “get it”.

    Greg | Nov 13, 2008 | Reply

  8. I am really sad to find that this great station and the people involved are no longer on XM. As a musician I really enjoyed the variety of jazz that was only heard on XM72. Now what? Can’ wait for MOJA!


    Gary Champagne | Nov 13, 2008 | Reply

  9. First they kill xm 61, then xm 65 and now 72! My goodness the only reason I started buying music again was because of xm 72. Man what a loss. Can’t wait for moja.

    craig turner | Nov 14, 2008 | Reply

  10. Well, I did it! I called up XM to cancel my subscription. I spoke to two people. The first asked me why I wished to cancel. I told her because Beyond Jazz was gone. After I gave her all my account information I was transferred (apparently) to India where I had to repeat everything I had told the first lady. This one then tried the old “why don’t you try Watercolors..” etc. I told her I had that type of programming on (free) FM radio. She offered adding 2 extra free months to my subscription just to give me more time to try the new channel lineup. I told her “no; I am furious; cancel my subscription and turn off my radio immediately”. She then infomed me that my radio would be set to automatically cancel when my subscription expired at the end of March ‘09. My advice to exeryone who, like me, kept their XM radio “parked” on channel 72; CALL UP ON CANCEL YOUR XM SUBSCRIPTION. Maybe they will get the hint and bring Beyond Jazz back. If not, it will be their loss; VOTE WITH YOUR FEET! Don’t be fooled if Watercolors throws us an occassional bone. Even that will soon go away after all the fuss is over. I saw how our local FM Smooth Jazz station (WLOQ who is credited for “inventing” smooth jazz programming) got away from playing anything other that (lite)jazzy R & B. First they moved anything else to late night; then late night weekends and finally they refused to play anything other than what one can hear in elevators and mid to high-end retail stores.

    Dann | Nov 14, 2008 | Reply

  11. Absolutely unbelievable. I used the “XM-Serius” search tool and plugged in Victor Wooten – no matches! I plugged in SMV – no matches! I plugged in many others – no matches!

    Russ and Michelle, start your own sat. radio station and send me a bill!

    My heart was broken this week. . . . . . . . .

    Jonathan Conant | Nov 15, 2008 | Reply

  12. I heard the news today, oh boy…..This is a sad, sad day for the freedom of listeners, the absolute best, by far, without a doubt, greatest jazz station in the history of radio has been silenced………..or has it?

    Neil Montgomery | Nov 16, 2008 | Reply

  13. I am shocked and incredibly disappointed that XMSirius radio could not find room for either of their contemporary jazz stations. With all respect to Frank Sinatra and his incredible legacy, I think XM 72 should have easily won consideration for a slot in their format over that selection. This will certainly make me reconsider whether to maintain my subscription, as XM 72 was the main station I listened at all. Bad decision, XMSirius.

    amiv | Nov 17, 2008 | Reply

  14. I am shocked and dismayed that with such a tremendous magnitude of audio entertainment,and a multitude of resources available, that new management of XM now eliminates what we know is the most dynamic and versatile music stations currently reflecting the progress of music in our world today. Without Modern Jazz 72 I’m Canceling XM.


    Joe Standley | Nov 19, 2008 | Reply

  15. This totally sucks. I won’t be keeping XM. I wouldn’t be surprised if XM didn’t survive. Between the bad programming choices, hard economic times and horrible customer service, subscribers should be dropping like flies.

    JUSTICE LEAGUE (Charlotte, NC)

    Scott | Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

  16. I dumped XM because of them dumping Beyond Jazz. Right now I am listening to streaming audio on my Blackberry. Someone on this site posted a link for moodio.fm and I signed up- it’s free. There are many stations worldwide, and a lot of jazz stations.

    I have not tried it yet on a long drive, so I don’t know yet how well the streaming will hold up in the boonies…

    Tommy | Nov 21, 2008 | Reply

  17. An incredibly dumb move by XM dropping BJ. Russ is easily the best DJ I’ve ever heard and constantly provided exposure to wonderful new music. XMSirius, the thing that made you such a treat to have on my radio since 2003 – namely first-rate music — has gone away with the new format, replaced with a generic, bland mixture. Goodbye XM, Hello MoJaRadio.

    JohnBoy | Nov 24, 2008 | Reply

  18. I originally had Sirius and while travelling in LA rented a car that had XM. I tuned in Beyond Jazz and that was that. I cannot believe that the best part of SATRAD could be summarily removed from the air. I too am going to cancell SiriusXM and will not return until the whole crew is back broadcasting.


    Warren Hewitt | Nov 29, 2008 | Reply

  19. Beyond Jazz is the only reason why I WAS a subscriber.

    I also listened to Ngoma (The African music channel) and that one disappeared a long time ago.

    It’s hard to believe that they think there wouldn’t be enough listeners for this kind of quality music. And it’s not like we are poor listeners who don’t buy things.

    mrbluebass | Nov 29, 2008 | Reply

  20. Is there a common email box at XM that we can flood with our expressions of disgust?

    Mike | Dec 1, 2008 | Reply

  21. like you all, I was bummed … there is no reason to have a station , for example, that is all Led Zepelin , when at least 3 other stations play ZEP.. And if somebody wants to listen to Zep in their car, they can pop in a CD of theirs.. The idea of a radio station is to provide variety, and XM 72 exposed us to varied, fresh, challenging and fantastic music.
    Satellite radio is based in area code 202 somehwere… should we organize a protest at the station? unlike you others who want to cancel their satellite service, I would prefer to fight them until they cave in.

    GARY | Dec 4, 2008 | Reply

  22. Couldn’t agree more about those very same stations. I’m still hanging on to my XM subscription, but I’m not even sure why anymore.

    Eric | Dec 17, 2008 | Reply

  23. Amen, sister

    Dave | Dec 21, 2008 | Reply

  24. Please keep me updated on Moja Radio and when I will be able to listen.

    It’s not worth my time to share thoughts on XMSirius

    No longer a Subscriber | Dec 22, 2008 | Reply

  25. I dropped XM radio subscription today even though they dropped the membership fee to $7/month to keep in me. I told them, “why stay when you took the only station I listened to?”
    Drop them!!!!

    Tom Brewster | Dec 22, 2008 | Reply

  26. I cancelled my XM subscription with the deletion of Beyond Jazz. I also wrote several emails of disgust with their replacements.
    Further, I never appreciated XM deleting Music Lab, Ngoma, and latin Jazz. XM 72 BJ, was the “last Straw.” Looking to new ways to listen.

    Donelson | Dec 22, 2008 | Reply

  27. I too was disgusted and angered when I started my car and found Beyond Jazz gone. I have also called and emailled several times and received the same ol’ “Try Watercolor” rap. I advised them that if I wanted to hear Kenny Gee I’d get on an elavator. I have advised XM not to renew my subscription. Beyond Jazz was 90 % of the reason that I signed up after the 90 day trial with my new. I am sick and tired of contemporary jazz being ignored and trampled on. Certainly it is an entrepenurial opprotunity for someone out there.

    Brent | Dec 23, 2008 | Reply

  28. I called XM a couple weeks ago and canceled my subscription. I listened to Beyond Jazz almost exclusively. These corporate guys are morons. So much for decent diversity on satellite…..

    Chuck | Dec 27, 2008 | Reply

  29. So, I lost XM for a couple months while swapping cars and waiting for a new antenna and when I came back, poof!!! XM72 was gone! I guess modern jazz lovers are a dying breed! If you can’t get a channel like XM72 on Sirius XM, where they have they dedicated channels to single bands/performers (e.g. grateful dead, springsteen, sinatra, etc), then you know you must be in a highly esoteric genre of very limited general appeal. I guess we are just dodo’s….

    I am canceling my subscription today!

    Tim | Jan 20, 2009 | Reply

  30. I originally had Sirius and listen to Planet
    Jazz 70. When that was dropped I switched 2 units over to XM72. That’s pretty much all I use to listen to. As soon as Beyond Jazz was droppped
    I dumped 2 XM units and 1 Sirius unit. They don’t play what I don’t all ready own. No point in keeping Satelite Radio for me. I have 1 Sirius unit left my wife listens to. Soon I’ll be able to dump it also.

    Carl Hoffman | Jan 21, 2009 | Reply

  31. I was informed by an “insider” at XM that the decision to drop fusion music from ch 62 was a political decision. Evidently Wynton and his compadres at XM somehow confused fusion music with white people and right wing politics and convinced programmers there to drop the program. No evidence; just talk around the water cooler from an insider.

    Dave W | Jan 26, 2009 | Reply

  32. I got hooked on BeyondJazz while commuting in rental cars to work. I can’t believe it is gone.
    I went through withdrawal symtoms. BeyondJazz is the best program I have ever heard. I was just about ready to sign up with XM when they took our program away. I wish they could get linked into AOL music or Winamp stations. At least we can still stream Jazz from the very few remaining stations.

    Ron B | Feb 23, 2009 | Reply

  33. Ha, ok, fusion for RIGHT WINGERS and white people. Thats a new one. I have never heard that before….I love fusion music, so I guess that automatically makes me a white, right winger. Ha….Cant politics stay out of everything. It does nothing but screw everything up….

    Micah | Mar 16, 2009 | Reply

  34. Russ and Michelle are starting their own streaming internet jazz station. Check out
    http://www.mojaradio.com and register (it’s free) to see and hear what is happening now and will soon be implemented. Moja lives on.

    Carl Hoffman | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  35. its soabsurd.. you tell the customer service reps about xm 72 …and they try to spin it off .they could care less….problem i have is i have no other alternative in car radio .so i guess i ,ll put up with this

    jeff | Aug 22, 2009 | Reply

  36. Now that my girlfriend just got her subsciption of xm radio compliments of her new car, now i will never have the chance to hear Les Davis…
    Now That’s TRAUMATIC…..

    Jon, Cole | Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

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