Starting Friday, Tom Petty is getting his own SiriusXM station.
Tom Petty Radio will be channel 31 on the satellite radio station, curating choice cuts of rock, rhythm and blues, SiriusXM announced Tuesday (Nov. 17). Petty will also be exclusively premiering new music on the station.
Naturally, Tom Petty Radio will include music all across Petty’s extensive career, including songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty’s solo career, the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. It will also include unreleased studio and live recordings, unique cover versions of Petty’s songs and rare live performances, including the worldwide radio debut of Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Aug. 30, 2014, concert at Fenway Park in Boston.
Petty has been recording a weekly show with SiriusXM called Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure for nine seasons, which will continue on with new and archival episodes on his new station. He will also be featured on the station through interview segments conducted by acclaimed journalist and SiriusXM host David Fricke.
Petty’s bandmates Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers will also get in on the show, as well as Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne and the Byrds‘ founding member Roger McGuinn, all of whom will host special guest DJ sessions.
“We are so honored and grateful to SiriusXM for giving our fans access to all of our music, from our biggest hits to very obscure tracks only available through this channel,” said Petty in a statement. “I intend to be very hands on and supply brand new exclusive tracks as well as rarities from our vaults. Our biggest hope is for a channel that is always entertaining in the way only radio can be.”
A two hour special hosted by Petty will kick off Tom Petty Radio on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.
“We are truly thrilled to be creating a new music channel with one of the biggest names in the history of rock and roll,” said SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein. “Now with his own channel, Tom can spread his wings playing his incredible music from multiple decades, the familiar and the rare, as well as a broad range of other artists in rock and R&B.”