SiriusXM will remove the remaining iHeart simulcasts from the radio service

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For the first time in over two decades, a channel programmed by iHeart Radio will not be carried by SiriusXM Pandora.

The last remaining channels, pop station KIIS-FM (102.7 FM, Los Angeles, “Kiss FM”) and Top 40 station WHTZ (100.3 FM, New York City, “Z100”), will disappear from the radio SiriusXM’s flagship Pandora satellite and streaming service. service on June 1.

For years, SiriusXM carried several iHeart-programmed music channels that were ad-supported, unlike the satellite radio company’s ad-free music offerings. The partnership was set up in 2001 when iHeart, then known as Clear Channel Radio, offered a financial investment in XM Satellite Radio in exchange for the right to program certain channels on the service.

When XM and Sirius Satellite Radio merged in 2008, several iHeart-programmed music channels remained exclusive to the XM platform. In 2011, iHeart discontinued programming its own satellite radio channels in favor of simulcasting some of its major market-based radio stations. Besides KIIS and WHTZ, XM offered WLTW (106.7 FM, New York, “Lite FM”), WSIX (97.9 FM, Nashville, “Big 98”), WGCI (107.5 FM, Chicago) and WLW ( 700 AM, Cincinnati).

In 2013, iHeart sold its stake to SiriusXM for over $130 million. Around the same time, SiriusXM consolidated its radio lineup, making iHeart-programmed channels available to former Sirius listeners for the first time.

Over time, iHeart stations have slowly disappeared from SiriusXM, with the most recent move seeing WHTZ removed from satellite service in 2020. The station has remained available in SiriusXM’s streaming app.

Beginning in June, no iHeart radio stations will be simulcast on SiriusXM satellite or streaming radio services. SiriusXM Channel 14, the former home of KIIS, will simulcast Yacht Rock Radio for the summer.

KIIS and WHTZ are still available on the free iHeart Radio app for smartphones, tablets, smart speakers and TV streaming platforms. Stations are also available through Apple Music and the free TuneIn app.

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