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|Broadcast area||United States|
|Slogan||New Alternative Rock|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 36|
Dish Network 6036
|Class||Satellite radio station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: Alt Nation|
Alt Nation was formed in 2002, when Sirius Satellite Radio launched. Some 1970s songs were played on the channel, such as AC/DC's "Highway To Hell", until February 2009, when the playlist was reduced to 1990s/2000s alternative rock. However, since the spring of 2009, Alt Nation dropped most of the 1990s alternative rock, leaving most of the 1990s playlist to Lithium. The only 1990s song remaining on Alt Nation's playlist is "Stellar" by Incubus, from their 1999 album Make Yourself.
Recently, Alt Nation has become increasingly known for breaking new bands into the alternative rock radio scene. For example, Alt Nation was the first alternative-rock station to play Phoenix's "1901" and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks", both of which went to No. 1 on the Alternative Rock chart.
- The Alt-18 Countdown is a weekly countdown of the 18 most requested songs played on Alt Nation. It airs on every Saturday at 1 pm ET, and rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 pm ET, Sundays at 4 pm ET and 10 pm ET, and Mondays at 10 am ET and 3 pm ET.
- The Advanced Placement is a preview of what is to come with new music from a mix of popular and lesser known bands. It airs on every Thursday at 3 pm ET, and rebroadcasts on Thursdays at 10 pm ET, Fridays at 11 am ET and 8 pm ET, Saturdays at 11 am & pm ET, and Sundays at 2 pm ET and 8 pm ET it's hosted by Alt Nation's DJ Regan, rather than Madison, the standard DJ.
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