Friday, August 12, 2011

Live from Graceland: SiriusXM's Elvis Radio

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

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It ain’t nothin’ but non-stop Elvis for SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio channel which has been broadcasting live from Graceland 24/7 for the past seven years.

Tony “T Y” Yoken, a DJ at Elvis Radio, sat down to answer questions about the station.

Can you tell me a bit about the history of Elvis Radio?

The Elvis Radio Channel launched live from Graceland right here in Memphis on July 2nd, 2004 — just in time for the huge city wide 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Big Bang Of Rock & Roll!

Elvis’ longest on-going friendship was with George Klein who hosts two weekly shows on Elvis Radio. George and Elvis met and started hanging in 1948 when Elvis’ family moved to Memphis and he enrolled in the 8th grade at Humes High School. George says they met in music class!

We provide live coverage of landmark music, entertainment, and sports events here in Memphis including an annual Candlelight Vigil show every August 15th.

Here is one perspective on how to describe Elvis Radio…

“If you are an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary. If you are not an Elvis fan…no explanation is possible.”

What's it like broadcasting from Graceland and why do you think it's important to do so?

Most Memphians don’t realize or appreciate how revered our city is by the Elvis fans who travel from around the world to visit Graceland especially during the summertime Elvis Week every August.

The best part of creating great compelling radio every day live from Graceland is the way we are able to present the most significant and historic resource our city has to offer: Memphis Music. We are a living, breathing 24-hour virtual global representative for all musicians and citizens of Memphis, Tennessee.

How much of Elvis' material is still available?

Our active Elvis library is well over 3,000 song versions. The Elvis collectors’ record label, Follow That Dream, releases upward of a dozen new CD’s and music packages each year. This allows Elvis Radio to add to our music library.

The most popular Elvis songs (“Suspicious Minds,” “A Little Less Conversation,” “Don’t Be Cruel”) that fans want to hear over and over may be played several times in a 24 hour period, but the music is balanced to feature a mix of his hits including rock/blues/r&b/gospel/country/pop, album tracks, live concert performances, rare studio out takes, and movie songs.

Elvis Radio broadcasts on channel 19.

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