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Old 09-01-2005, 10:29 AM   #31
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did they stick with just the early dylan folk music, or did they wander into the rock and roll stuff, as well ?
Well...... I'm so new to Sirius that I've only gotten to hear the Dylan Hour once, so someone else would be more knowledgable to answer your question, I'm afraid. The one time I have gotten to hear it was without the rock-and-roll stuff, but I don't know if it's always that way or not.

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Old 09-02-2005, 12:43 AM   #32
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Default Contact The Executives Directly

I’ve come up with a post from another thread which gives ways to contact two of Sirius’s executives directly:

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Call them at 212-584-5100 (Sirius Operator then transfer)

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Jay Clark
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As Executive Vice President of Programming, Jay Clark oversees all programming initiatives and content throughout SIRIUS' 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music and the over 55 channels of sports, news and talk.
Known as a radio industry innovator, Clark brings 30-plus years of industry experience to SIRIUS. He came to the company in April 2002, and served as the Vice President of Entertainment/Information Programming.

Prior to joining SIRIUS, Clark was Vice President and General Manager for Comedy World Radio Network, where he managed the Los Angeles office. He also served as Vice President, Programming at Winstar Radio Networks, where he developed new networks and facilitated transitions of various radio programs.

Previously, Clark was General Manager of Sportsfan Radio Network, Executive Vice President of Sabo Media, Program Director of 97.1 FM Talk in Los Angeles (affiliated with CBS/Infinity Broadcasting), and Station Manager/Program Director for Real Radio 104.1FM in Orlando. Clark also programmed WABC in New York during the station’s format change from music to talk. He has served as a consultant to a number of leading talk radio stations, both as an independent entrepreneur and as an associate with Sabo Media.

Mr. Clark is a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau. He was also selected by his peers as one of the top 10 talk programmers in the country by Radio Inc.



Steve Blatter
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Steve Blatter joined SIRIUS in August 2003 as Vice President of Music Programming. He is responsible for all programming on SIRIUS' 65 commercial-free music channels, and reports to Jay Clark, SIRIUS Executive Vice President of Programming.
During his time with SIRIUS, Blatter was instrumental in the creation of Eminem's Shade 45 and Elvis Radio channels, as well as Tony Hawk's Demolition Radio, Bam Margera's Radio Bam and The Wiseguy Show. He also developed several new and innovative radio formats heard exclusively on SIRIUS, such as Faction, Chill, Boombox and Vacation.

Blatter's experience includes stints as head of programming for MJI Broadcasting and Big City Radio. While Blatter was music director at WYNY/New York, the station achieved its highest ratings ever for a New York country music station. Blatter also worked as a consultant for clients including The Wall Street Journal and SIRIUS. He has been recognized as one of the Top Major Market Programmers in America by Radio Ink magazine.
Please be sure when you write or speak to these people that you be respectful, threatening them is likely to be counter-productive. Simply state your strong objection to them cancelling Folktown, and make it clear that you do not consider The Coffee House to be a suitable replacement. Your message does not have to be long, it’s more likely they’ll read it if it’s short and to the point. After a while, the quantity of messages will matter more that what is said.
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:58 AM   #33
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i liked the old folk music, such as the kingston trio, highwaymen, chad mitchell, ppm, weavers, etc.
Also the Brothers Four, the New Christy Minstrels, the Seekers etc.

If Folktown had played more songs by these classic folk music artists and others of their era, the channel would have attracted a lot more listeners, and would most likely not have been canceled.
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:57 AM   #34
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I listened to Folktown from time to time and could never fall in love with it.
I agree.

I think the channel would've been more popular if they had played a little more classic folk music. Much of the stuff they played was just too obscure for most people.
I'm with these 2 guys or girls or whatever. I thought I would listen to Folktown alot, but I could never leave it on for very long. I think it's a bummer for it to get the axe and I understand people being completely pissed about it, but I'm looking forward to The Coffee House.
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Old 09-05-2005, 11:30 AM   #35
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That would be GREAT if the new Coffee House channel has more of the classic folk! Somehow, though, I'm afraid it may just end up being like listening to Musak in a Starbucks shop.........
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Old 09-06-2005, 03:20 AM   #36
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That would be GREAT if the new Coffee House channel has more of the classic folk! Somehow, though, I'm afraid it may just end up being like listening to Musak in a Starbucks shop.........
As soon as Coffee House starts at the end of the month, be sure to frequently request classic folk songs. If enough people send in requests for classic folk songs, we'll probably get more of them.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:43 PM   #37
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I'm getting a feeling who may be the real culprit in this change. Several times I've heard various of the Folktown announcers say thet Meg Griffin comes from a rock music background, I even heard (I think) The Kennedys describe her as a real rocker at heart. So, this makes we wonder if she is the one who recommended to the Sirius brass that they make the change to make it more of a rock channel, as The Coffeehouse.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:36 AM   #38
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the other folk acts that i have uploaded to my ipod that we have not mentioned yet are : burl ives, cumberland three, irish rovers, and the limeliters.
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the other folk acts that i have uploaded to my ipod that we have not mentioned yet are : burl ives, cumberland three, irish rovers, and the limeliters.
You have good taste in folk music, gymee.
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Old 09-08-2005, 03:04 AM   #40
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thanks rm,

its a lot better when we aren't fighting.
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Old 09-08-2005, 03:07 PM   #41
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I doubt Meg Griffin has anything to do with it. She seems to be the main force behind Sirius Disorder, and plays "rock" on it considerably less than you would think, taking into account it is on the Rock Tier. I would guess axing Folktown has more to do with Sirius (in general) trying to be as mainstream as possible.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:18 PM   #42
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Wow, I was hoping for good news when I heard that Sirius would add new channels. What a bummer, now the night shifts got even longer. Less obscure stuff ? I guess that's why they called it folk town. ---zen-->
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Old 09-14-2005, 12:07 AM   #43
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I have a somewhat different take on the change then other people who've responded. While I enjoyed Folktown, I thought it was a bit all over the board and lacked cohesion. Coffeehouse could turn out to be very good as a contemporary "folk" and singer-songwriter channel. I'd consider that to be a positive addition but only if one all important condition was met. I urge Sirius to complement Coffee House by launching another channel devoted to traditional folk and American roots music - a station that could move from Leadbelly to Doc Watson, from Clifton Chenier to Ewan MacColl. I can't help thinking that each channel could build a larger audience than Folktown was able to, whose significant limitation has been trying to be all things to all people.
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Default Coffee House to be Jockless

Well, I got an e-mail from Michael Tearson on this. I had earlier corresponded with him on if he and the Bob Dylan Hour would continue beyond Sept 29. At the time he was thinking that he would be with the new channel, and that the Dylan hour would continue there.

Anyway, here's what he said:

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Updating you, Larry. Looks like Coffeehouse will be jock-less. Guess that means I need a new home, and that is hopefully in the works. I fully expect the Dylan Hour to survive and land elsewhere. Keep in touch so I can let you know where and when--michael tearson
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Default Canadian, eh?

A thought just ocurred to me after I sent the last post. The Canadian cabinet just approved the start of Sirius Canada, which will need to have a number of Canadian produced channels. I'm just wondering if one of those channels will be a folk channel? I say this because folk music is quite popular in Canada.

Of course, if this is to be the case, they can't say anything about it until the official anouncement is made.
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