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Old 11-18-2002, 08:37 PM   #1
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Since it looks like Sirius won't install phone request lines to fulfill our on-demand song needs, how about adding a Web Request Engine?

If anyone remembers back in January the original Sirius website had a song search feature. You could pull up every song in their 2 million song database and view which channels they played on.

How difficult would it be to add the search engine back, have subscribers sign-on using their user name and password, and request to have a song played? It would then automatically be queued up into the Prophet system and air within 10-15 minutes.

I know one of the reasons Sirius has been slow to add phone request lines is because not all stations have airstaff and it would add significant costs. Sirius may have also been concerned that odd requests may take away from the professionally programmed playlists. By implementing web requests, the listener could only select from a list of pre-approved artists who are in that particular channel's database. This would help to cut down on playlists inconsistencies as well as let the airstaff stay focused on their tasks of master music programmer.

I think a web song request feature would differentiate Sirius from XM and FM radio by being innovative and cutting edge. Not to mention, much better and more user friendly than emailing Customer Care to hear a song, because I have never heard a song played within a suitable time period. It might be a few days later that I finally hear it on air.

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Old 11-18-2002, 10:20 PM   #2
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That sounds like an excellent idea!

It wouldn't even take additional airstaff to run the thing... whoever is doing the website now could take care of it.
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If done correctly, it could be very cool indeed.

Some people might say, but I don't have webaccess to request a song while driving. Well they could even go as far as allowing you to schedule a time for it to play. For example, log on before you leave work and you could hear it 2 hours later during drive time.

The song search tool is already complete and could be recycled, they would just have to tie it into the broadcast system.

This would be like XM's 20on20 on steroids.

http://www.xmradio.com/programming/20on20_vote.jsp

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I LOVED that old song search feature. That's pretty much what got me on the side of Sirius. I could type in all my favorite bands and songs and boom, there was the channel it played on.

The new site is completely lacking in that respect.

Also, they need to start taking requests. Online is the way to go, for sure.
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I LOVED that old song search feature. That's pretty much what got me on the side of Sirius. I could type in all my favorite bands and songs and boom, there was the channel it played on.

The new site is completely lacking in that respect.

Also, they need to start taking requests. Online is the way to go, for sure.
I agree, the song search feature was great and is definitely missed. Especially for new or prospective listeners who aren't familiar with the channel lineup yet. I don't know why they pulled it, unless they didnt want the competition snooping around in the song database, but even that is not really a threat.

The old website was very poor design and navigation wise, but I think they could add the search feature back fairly easily to the new website.

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Once again Jeffster blows me away with his sheer brilliance!
Jeff! Please go and work for them!! PLEASE! We are begging you!!
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Once again Jeffster blows me away with his sheer brilliance!
Jeff! Please go and work for them!! PLEASE! We are begging you!!
Thanks XMUFan.

I don't think they are hiring though...

Would love to see this idea implemented!

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Absolutely agree with you jeff- brillant suggestion. It wasnt broke before, but they thried to "fix" it. the new website looks better , but thats it, the old one was more interactive with the lsiteners. I think i shall call the guy I knwo in Customer Service and urge him to check on this agin. request from their data bank is the best way to go. At least jeff is tryin gto help Sirius, they dont seem to be doing much to help themselves. ANYONE at the dawg listening????? Hmmmmmmm :\
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Sounds like a great idea.

But, anyone got any idea how far in advance their programming is recorded? I was listening to comedy the other day, and "Mad Mickey" was playing Alice's Restaurant, and she was talking like it was Thanksgiving day.
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It sounds like we will see delivery on features that were promised long ago in the near future, such as artist search, song requests and more detailed website sections.

Here's part of Sirius' reply...

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Thanks again for a suggestion regarding a method to potentially improve our service. Requests is an issue that we have been reviewing for some time and plan on implementing a solution that I am sure you will be excited about in the near future.
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You know, a year from now could be considered the near future.


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It sounds like we will see delivery on features that were promised long ago in the near future, such as artist search, song requests and more detailed website sections.

Here's part of Sirius' reply...

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Thanks again for a suggestion regarding a method to potentially improve our service. Requests is an issue that we have been reviewing for some time and plan on implementing a solution that I am sure you will be excited about in the near future.
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Suppose to be coming soon- waiting with baited breath!!
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Well, now they are up.... anyone else hear anything back? So far I have recieved one reply out of 5 emails(real reply-not counting the automated automatic ones). I hope to start some conversation with some of the radio personalities to get more direct input and feedback. Thats our best hope at the moment. :\
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I still think the thing to do is to enable database driven requests.

Sirius has the capability to put their whole song database online. Add the song search engine back to the website and allow instant (or nearly instant) web requests. That way they can preconfigure what songs are allowed on which streams. No control is lost over the stream's feel and artist selection, and it is much faster than the E-Quests which are inefficient in my opinion.

Look what the new Blink 102.7 in NYC is doing. This is very cool stuff...

http://1027blink.com/blinkline_instructions.html

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The Business of commercial radio... here is a blurb from the CEO of Clear Channel One


FORTUNE MAGAZINE
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
By Christine Y. Chen


Lowry Mays is the Big Daddy of radio. The founder and CEO of Clear Channel, Mays oversees 1,233 radio stations with some 100 million listeners across all 50 states, and runs a company with $8 billion in revenues and a $23 billion market cap. But ask Mays about what he does for a living and you won't hear much about musicians or how to bring up ratings or who's the best DJ. Those things don't interest him much. Truth is, Mays isn't that passionate about what goes out over the airwaves. As long as his broadcasts sell ads, he's happy. "If anyone said we were in the radio business, it wouldn't be someone from our company," says Mays, 67. "We're not in the business of providing news and information. We're not in the business of providing well-researched music. We're simply in the business of selling our customers products."


http://www.fortune.com/fortune/ceo/a...423802,00.html
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