Can we get Sirius for minute? It's time to give these six artists their own channel already!

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Floyd Damage: I would love, love, love a Pink Floyd station, and I know many others would, as well, for longer than just enough time to plug a re-issue project, namely. There are just so many outtakes, live shows, bootlegs and solo stuff from Syd, Roger, and David that would make it worth the time. Okay, maybe not all of Roger's stuff, but you get the idea. Forget what I said earlier about songs being too long. Put this channel in the regular rotation already.

Strait Country: A George Strait station would go great with the current crop of country already on Sirius. The man is about to release his fortieth album, so it's not as if he's short on material. I am sure there are recordings of his early Gruene Hall shows somewhere in his archives yet to be heard. Have the man himself record a few chat shows, too. He doesn't open up enough.

Fab Four Radio: A Beatles station is a no-brainer, but I know that if you had 24-hour access to their music, it would cut into their widows and kids' annual residual checks. Fine, but you know that everyone would love a constant Beatles soundtrack to school their children with. Yet again, use their solo work to pad it out. Okay, easy on the Ringo.

Damaged Radio: I am very partial to Black Flag of all eras: the early stuff, the middle periods, and even the later period, towards the end of their run, when they were helping build the sound that would soon be grunge. A Black Flag station could also encompass most hardcore bands that they toured with and called contemporaries, sort of like American Hardcore Radio or something.

24-Hour Zappa Therapy: Zappa Radio, just let it unfurl all freaky-like for days and days, infecting impressionable teens. See what happens to the number of members and horns in most indie-rock bands in five years.

Purple Radio One: And, finally, I know he's not in the picture at the top of this article, but for chrissakes, please, please, please throw Prince tons of cash for his own station. Let the man bring a live mike into his studio and jam for six hours.

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The GD channel is a model of how a single artist program should be. Lots of us listen to it non-stop without chemicals - but no doubt it does improve with help!

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