Anyone who has dreamed of a full time Star Wars radio station will get their wish this weekend. Sirius XM announced that they’ll launch Star Wars Celebration Radio from August 12 at 6 p.m. EST through Sunday August 15 timed with the fifth annual Star Wars convention, Star Wars Celebration V, which takes place this weekend in Orlando, FL.
Celebration V, which is largely themed around the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back this year, will feature attendees such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and many others. The highlight will be a one-on-one interview between Jon Stewart and Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Many of those stars will make appearances on the channel, which will also broadcast live coverage of many of the event’s panels. Hit the jump to find out which channels on your Sirius or XM to tune into and more.
I was a loyal and willing attendee of Star Wars Celebration II and III, which both took place in Indianapolis, IN and were timed around the final two prequels. And even though the movies were largely disappointing, the event was amazing. It was just so exciting to be around so many passionate fans plus the amount of panels, people, events and exclusives were just awesome. It’s heaven for Star Wars fans. If I was in Orlando, or hadn’t attended San Diego Comic-Con, I would definitely check this out.
That’s what’s so cool about this radio station – now I can STILL check it out. Plus, as a tip, you can get a free 3-day online trial of both Sirius and XM on their respective websites or through their iPhone and Android apps. I’m not sure if those trials will feature this channel, but you can always just pop on Opie & Anthony or Howard Stern if it doesn’t.
Star Wars Celebration Radio will be on XM 139 and Sirius 108.
Here’s the full press release:
SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it will launch Star Wars Celebration Radio, a four-day channel that will broadcast live from Star Wars Celebration V at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL starting on Thursday, August 12 at 6:00 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 108 and XM channel 139.
Star Wars Celebration Radio will premiere on the first day of the official Lucasfilm event celebrating the popular Star Wars series. The limited-run channel will feature interviews with stars from the Star Wars films, as well as behind-the-scenes talent and celebrity fans. SIRIUS XM listeners will also be able to listen in on panel discussions live from the Orlando Convention Center.
“Star Wars has some of the most dedicated and passionate fans you will find anywhere and we are proud to give them their own radio station,” said Jeremy Coleman, Senior Vice President, Talk and Entertainment Programming, SIRIUS XM Radio. “Whether it is a play-by-play of droid races, a colorful account of Jedi Training, or just hearing Obi-Wan and Yoda on their radios, we know fans nationwide will be hooked.”
The Star Wars Celebration Radio channel will be hosted by SIRIUS XM Radio on-air personalities Raw Dog Comedy’s Mark Says Hi and Cinemagic’s Dave Zeimer.
Star Wars Celebration Radio will air Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15 on SIRIUS channel 108 and XM channel 139 exclusively on SIRIUS XM Radio.