The first anniversary of the world’s first all-Elvis music radio channel will be celebrated at its Graceland studio in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, July 2. Memphis Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton and Shelby County, TN Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. have declared Saturday, July 2 as “Elvis Radio Day” in the City of Memphis and Shelby County.
SIRIUS, the content leader in satellite radio, launched Elvis Radio, the first officially sanctioned radio station devoted exclusively to the songs of Elvis Presley, on July 2, 2004. Created in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Elvis Radio is broadcast live from its studio at Graceland in Memphis. The commercial-free Elvis Radio channel is exclusive to SIRIUS, and covers the entire spectrum of Elvis’ amazing career - his extensive catalog of hit singles, rare recordings, classic b-sides, legendary songs from the Sun Records years, movie soundtracks and concerts.
The July 2 celebration will start at 12 pm CT outside the studio in Graceland Plaza, with EPE CEO Jack Soden announcing the official proclamation of “Elvis Radio Day,” followed by a champagne toast, birthday cake and free, limited-edition t-shirts for all celebrants (while supplies last).
Special broadcasts and guests on Elvis Radio will also mark the anniversary, including Soden; musicians who worked with Elvis such as James Burton, Boots Randolph and DJ Fontana; Elvis co-stars Cynthia Pepper (Kissin’ Cousins), Suzanna Leigh (Paradise Hawaiian Style) and Charlie Hodge; Elvis music archivist and biographer Ernst Jorgensen (Last Train to Memphis); producer/ songwriter/ musician “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Sun Records’ Shelby Singleton and others.
All “Elvis Radio Day in Memphis” activities will be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 13, Elvis Radio.