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Old 04-05-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO PROVIDES THE ULTIMATE CHOICE: THREE FULL-TIME CHANNELS OF LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE TALK PROGRAMMING

SIRIUS LEFT Lineup Includes Alan Colmes, Ed Schultz, Lynn Samuels, Alex Bennett. SIRIUS RIGHT Adds Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Tony Snow. Air America Radio Includes Best-Selling Author Al Franken and actor Janeane Garofalo.

NEW YORK – April 5, 2004 - This election year, citizens with liberal, progressive and conservative viewpoints – no matter where they are in America – can find a home on one of three politically-charged radio channels.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, known for delivering the very best in commercial-free music and premium sports programming to cars and homes across the country, today announced that it will add Air America Radio to its lineup of programming that already includes the first radio channel dedicated to liberal viewpoints, SIRIUS LEFT. The two channels complement SIRIUS RIGHT, the talk radio channel dedicated to conservative viewpoints, which today announced the additions of such hard-hitting national stars as Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham and Tony Snow.

SIRIUS LEFT begins its second year as America’s first voice for liberals by adding seasoned radio hosts including Fox News Channel personality Alan Colmes, nationally-known liberal Midwesterner Ed Schultz, fiery New Yorker Lynn Samuels, San Francisco radio legend Alex Bennett and SIRIUS originals The Young Turks.

SIRIUS RIGHT promises the fiery, unyielding opinions of national talk sensation Michael Savage; the biting conservative views of Laura Ingraham; and the unmatched knowledge and insights of Fox News Commentator Tony Snow and accomplished talk show hosts Rusty Humphries and Michael Reagan.

Air America Radio will feature on-air personalities who represent today’s top political and popular satirists, commentators and activists. Comedian and best-selling author Al Franken, whose books include Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, will host a weekday show called The O’Franken Factor.

“This new lineup is the Tiffany of conservative and liberal talk radio,” said Jay Clark, Executive Vice President of Programming, SIRIUS. “These hosts are intelligent, humorous and sharp-tongued. They don’t hold back on their opinions, and they know how to bring the best out of their callers. While we are not in the business of telling people where to stand, we make it our business to ensure every viewpoint is represented.”

Jones Radio Networks’ Ed Schultz, the award-winning liberal talker who has generated boxcar ratings for over seventeen years in the Midwest, says of his place in the SIRIUS LEFT lineup, “I’ve always been the lone lefty – and the No. 1 program – on right-leaning stations. To be ‘all-left’ is all right with me. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of listeners from SIRIUS RIGHT click over to hear what Big Eddie has to say.”

“To be able to do a talk radio show is an unbelievable blessing,” Tony Snow said. “There is a way to talk about all the issues and have a sense of confidence rather than a sense of fear, anger, or rage. I'm certainly going to be making my political views known, and from time to time I'll get into fights with people, but the idea here is to have fun with it.”

“We are delighted that SIRIUS Satellite Radio will bring our important message directly into the cars, homes and minds of Americans,” said Mark Walsh, CEO of Progress Media. “There is a great audience of Americans who want to hear compelling and funny talk voices expressing viewpoints long absent from the radio airwaves. Now they’ll get to hear the full Air America Radio line-up on SIRIUS.”

Full programming schedules and a complete list of hosts will be posted to www.SIRIUS.com.

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It's not every day you see a press release with the word "fiery!"

This is good news, indeed.

Now, if they could just find room for Mike Malloy.
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There's one thing missing from this press release! When the heck does it start?
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What are "boxcar" ratings? First I've heard this expression. I'm guessing it's a variant on the Cajun, the way we'd say "beaucoup bucks."

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Edit: I figured it out. Ed gets a couple of hobos. There are a lot more people in the passenger cars, listening to Limbaugh!
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I agree and they used it two times. Must be extra fiery!
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It begins Monday April 19th, on stream 125.
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It's not every day you see a press release with the word "fiery!"

This is good news, indeed.

Now, if they could just find room for Mike Malloy.
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Thank Sirius!

I was thinking of leaving, now I'm staying!!

Now I have a reason to listen to stream 125.

Keep it up Sirius! Reduce the repeats on the Rock streams and I will never criticize again!!
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My first post here...

Hope I helped some. I wrote letters both to Sirius and Air America pushing for this. Adding only Fox News' Alan Colmes and not Air America wouldn't have made things look good for many of us Radio Left here to avoid "Clear Channel" and right wing radio dominance...

It will be interesting having to choose between Thom Hartman and Al Franken in the mornings. Haven't really had to deal with that kind of "nice but difficult" choice between two talk radio shows before. Hoping one of them is repeated at a good time of day later.

Also, are any of these stations also being carried on the Dish Network Sirius lineup? If so, when?
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Hope I helped some. I wrote letters both to Sirius and Air America pushing for this. Adding only Fox News' Alan Colmes and not Air America wouldn't have made things look good for many of us Radio Left here to avoid "Clear Channel" and right wing radio dominance...

It will be interesting having to choose between Thom Hartman and Al Franken in the mornings. Haven't really had to deal with that kind of "nice but difficult" choice between two talk radio shows before. Hoping one of them is repeated at a good time of day later.

Also, are any of these stations also being carried on the Dish Network Sirius lineup? If so, when?
The only channels being carried on Dish will be the music channels, 1-99. News/Talk/Sports/Entertainment need a regular subscription to get picked up.
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Thanks! Anyone have the time slot Alex Bennett will be on? I miss him from the Live-105 Modern Rock heydays in the Bay Area. Maybe he should also get a cut-in slot on First Wave, and go get Steve Masters from the quagmire he's in, so that we can really see the spirit of Live-105 on that channel.

I tried to tune to 125 this morning on my way in to work and it still seemed to be it's old programming. Any idea at what time the Air America feed is supposed to start?
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Thanks! Anyone have the time slot Alex Bennett will be on? I miss him from the Live-105 Modern Rock heydays in the Bay Area. Maybe he should also get a cut-in slot on First Wave, and go get Steve Masters from the quagmire he's in, so that we can really see the spirit of Live-105 on that channel.

I tried to tune to 125 this morning on my way in to work and it still seemed to be it's old programming. Any idea at what time the Air America feed is supposed to start?
Air America starts April 19th, one week from today. That is the same day Alex Bennett joins Sirius, at 9am-noon on TalkLeft. Surprisingly, that is also the Monday after Bubba makes his 'big announcement'.
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Thanks! Anyone have the time slot Alex Bennett will be on? I miss him from the Live-105 Modern Rock heydays in the Bay Area. Maybe he should also get a cut-in slot on First Wave, and go get Steve Masters from the quagmire he's in, so that we can really see the spirit of Live-105 on that channel.

I tried to tune to 125 this morning on my way in to work and it still seemed to be it's old programming. Any idea at what time the Air America feed is supposed to start?
Air America starts April 19th, one week from today. That is the same day Alex Bennett joins Sirius, at 9am-noon on TalkLeft. Surprisingly, that is also the Monday after Bubba makes his 'big announcement'.
Hmm... Sounds like I'll have a tough choice to come into work a bit earlier than 9:00 AM here on the west coast to catch Alex Bennett or after 9:00 AM PST to get Thom Hartman or Al Franken then like I've been doing. Thanks Sirius, for making my morning commute have tougher choices about what I want to listen to!
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The Preview stream 184 is reporting today that Lynn Samuels will be joining the Left daily line-up starting on Monday April 19. Anyone know what time slot she will be in?
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