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Theme Time Radio Hour (TTRH) is a one hour radio show hosted by Bob Dylan. The first program was broadcast on May 3, 2006 on the Deep Tracks channel of XM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service. TTRH is broadcast every Wednesday at 10:00 am ET on Deep Tracks, with several "encore" repeats throughout the week on various channels, including an all-day showing on XMX. DirecTV subscribers can also hear the show on the Deep Tracks simulcast on channel 840.

Theme Time Radio Hour reflects Bob Dylan's, and very probably producer Eddie Gorodetsky's, deep interest in and knowledge of music. Each episode is an eclectic brew of blues, rockabilly, soul music, bebop, rock-and-roll and pop music, centered around a "theme," with songs from artists as diverse as Patti Page to LL Cool J. Interspersed between the music segments are email readings (scripted rather than mail from actual listeners); phone calls (also scripted); old radio station i.d.'s, promos, and jingles; "def poet" poetry recitations; taped commentary from a variety of musicians and comedians; and thoughts from Dylan on the music and musicians, as well as food and drink recipes and other miscellanea related to the themes.

In August 2006 AOL Radio began offering the show on AOL Radio featuring XM a selection of 200 XM radio stations which is available to those with an AOL login (registration is currently free) and a broadband internet connection. In March 2008, XM Radio and America Online announced that they were ending that relationship "by mutual agreement," and that after April 30, 2008 the XM Radio channels on AOL Radio would no longer be available. XM Radio is offering a promotional package from March 7, 2008 to May 30, 2008 to XM Radio Online at $2.99 per month plus a free 14-day trial. After six months the current monthly subscription rate for XM Radio Online will apply.

In 2007 the program also began appearing for free on BBC Radio 2 and BBC6 Music for listeners in the UK.

As of November 11th 2007 Theme Time Radio Hour began broadcasting on Phantom 105.2, an alternative rock music station in Dublin, Ireland.

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