Tom Petty Radio channel debuts Nov. 20 on Sirius XM

Tom Petty

Rock musician Tom Petty, shown in the studio of his L.A.-area home in 2014, will curate the new Tom Petty Radio channel set to premiere Nov. 20 on SiriusXM satellite radio. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty, the subject of author Warren Zanes’ just-published book “Petty—The Biography,” now joins the list of musicians with their own channels on SiriusXM radio.

Petty will curate the new Tom Petty Radio channel, which premieres on Friday, Nov. 20, on Channel 31 with a two-hour special for which Petty will be the deejay.

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Down the line his channel also will feature guest DJ sessions by some of his peers, including singer-songwriters Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams, Byrds’ founding member Roger McGuinn and other members of Petty’s band, the Heartbreakers, including keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Steve Ferrone.


Like other SiriusXM channels devoted to the music of Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty Radio will focus on music spanning Petty’s four-decade-plus recording career, touching on the central catalog of the Heartbreakers, supplemented by tracks from Petty’s solo releases; his former all-star band, the Traveling Wilburys; his first band, Mudcrutch; and other side projects.

In addition, he will continue his weekly SiriusXM show, Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, which will be carried on the new channel.

“I intend to be very hands on and supply brand new exclusive tracks as well as rarities from our vaults,” Petty said in a statement. “Our biggest hope is for a channel that is always entertaining in the way only radio can be.”


Long a champion of the style of free-form radio that emerged in the late 1960s and ’70s, Petty released the concept album “The Last DJ” in 2002, and in 2011 he and the band played a pair of benefit shows for tiny noncommercial KCSN-FM based at Cal State Northridge because of its eclectic playlist.

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