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XM starts Xmas channels

Satellite radio network XM has begun transmitting six channels for Christmas music, ready for the festive season. XM's first station, named Holly, will play contemporary holiday hits till New Years Day. Additional channels will launch later this month..

The extra channels include XM's [b]Radio Hanukkah[/b], the first-ever national broadcast channel devoted exclusively to Jewish Culture, which will also return for the 2007 holiday season.

[b]Holiday Traditions[/b] features traditional holiday recordings from the 1940s through 1960s with classic artists such as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and more.

[b]Music City Holiday[/b] features contemporary and traditional holiday hits from popular country music artists, including Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, and more.

[b]A Classical Christmas[/b] features traditional holiday carols performed by celebrated classical musicians Luciano Pavarotti, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and many others.

And finally, [b]Special X-Mas[/b] will features a unique mix of novelty songs, parodies, and retro oddities by a broad range of artists, including Cheech and Chong, Bob Rivers, Weird Al, Tiny Tim, Monty Python, and more.

Most channels are available till midnight Christmas Day.

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