An answer to the above question is offered by a Frank Sinatra tribute performer, or Frank Sinatra Impersonator in Los Angeles.
Frank Sinatra is available on the radio primarily via either Sirius XM satellite or Pandora internet radio, and sampling both reveals some differences. On Sirius, you must have a paid subscription, although many new cars come with free trial periods that vary in length. On Sirius, you’ll find an existing channel, known as Siriusly Sinatra. Pandora, on the other hand, is a free service via the internet and through an app for your smart phone, but as a result, there are occasional commercials within the program, both in the form of audio and graphics on your screen. But theyre pretty infrequent and tolerable. On Pandora, you create your Sinatra channel by selecting Frank Sinatra as your artist of choice, and a channel is initiated for you.
The Sinatra channels on both services feature primarily Frank Sinatra of course, along with other compatible artists like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr. and many others.
Content-wise, I found some significant differences definitely exist between the two services when it comes to listening to a Frank Sinatra radio tribute.
The Sirius Sinatra channel seems to feature much more obscure Sinatra recordings, and in many cases, questionable choices in my opinion, like Mrs. Robinson and Bad Bad Leroy Brown, plus a preponderance of many very old and little known recordings that I didn’t find memorable, especially when drawn from the vast body of outstanding work recorded by F.S. As well, the other artist choices weren’t pleasing to me, most notably when they were singing cover versions of Sinatra tunes that I would have preferred to hear by Frank.
On Pandora however, my Sinatra channel does a very good job of offering great Sinatra recordings, both the familiar and the slightly less known, surrounded by recordings by other artists, showcasing their best work. And it seems to me that the Sinatra fan will hear a higher percentage of Sinatra on Pandora than on Sirius. Further, on Pandora, the music is continuous without a host, whereas Sirius will sometimes feature a host offering commentary, as in one case in which I recall hearing an actress with virtually no connection to Frank, who was making innacurate statements. Also, Pandora has a great interactive feature in which you can rate and skip songs during a listening session, allowing you to exert some influence over your experience.
For the numerous and significant reasons listed above, between Sirius XM Satellite and Pandora, Pandora is my choice hands down when it comes to listening to Frank Sinatra on the radio.
(Article by Monty Aidem, performer of a Las Vegas stye Frank Sinatra Tribute also seen frequently in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and around the U.S.)