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CBC Radio 3 Satellite Station

CBC Radio 3 Satellite Station Will Beam Canadian Indie Music and Culture to Millions, 24 Hours a Day

85 percent will be Canadian content from the newest emerging artists to favourites such as the Arcade Fire, the New Pornographers, Knaan and Broken Social Scene

In early December, CBC Radio 3 is launching a daring new 24-hour satellite radio station that will give an enormous boost to Canadian independent music and culture. Beamed across North America through the Sirius Satellite network (, the station will feature artists from across the country and from across many genres including rock, pop, hip-hop, electronica, and alt-country before they hit the mainstream. For those artists, it means reaching millions of music fans they never would have before.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to get a lot of Canadian artists on the radio, not just in Canada, but also in the United States," says CBC Radio 3 director Steve Pratt. "And right now, with so much buzz around the Canadian indie music scene, its a great time for us to launch."

With over 3 million existing subscribers, satellite radio is one of the fastest growing technologies in the United States; and the commercial-free, 24-hour format promises to be equally popular in Canada, where Sirius will launch its full service in time for the 2005 holiday season.

Based in Vancouver, CBC Radio 3s satellite station will also feature music, arts, and pop culture stories from CBC reporters in Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax and from a host of freelance contributors everywhere in between.

Early next year, the line-up will also include concerts and sessions recorded in CBC studios. A comprehensive new website ( will bring together Radio 3s existing web properties (including,, and, and will feature a CBC Radio 3 blog, as well as an interactive music player that will offer pre-arranged playlists and will allow listeners to customize their own. Radio 3s weekly, all-Canadian music podcast the most popular in the country with more than 650,000 downloads to date will also continue.

"This is an amazing success story for Canadian music," says Pratt. "And it's only just begun."

(Launch date to be confirmed shortly, but likely first week of December) Related Links: Article about Radio 3 Satellite Station in the Globe and Mail: tertainment/
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