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Old 08-23-2005, 10:50 PM   #46
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Remember, good old-fashioned snail mail is the most effective way to get your message heard...

Often, e-mails and voicemails go unnoticed. It may seem the best route to go through all channels, but in reality, we may get more done with more EFFICIENTLY through mailed letters.

That, and by your messages on good ol' SBS!
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:06 PM   #47
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I do not know if it will help, but I also dropped a brief note to Howard Stern. I would assume that he carries a big stick over there, although I do not know what he can actually do regarding this matter.
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:16 PM   #48
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i don't think sirius will end up censoring channels to satisfy sprint. i do agree that sirius needs to do something about alternative nation. the format has detoriated in my opinion.
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Funny, I'm listening to Faction right now and heard F Bombs on a song and from the DJ. Where is this censorship everyone is talking about? Rumors are just that, RUMORS!
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Funny, I'm listening to Faction right now and heard F Bombs on a song and from the DJ. Where is this censorship everyone is talking about? Rumors are just that, RUMORS!
The current Sirius plan is to censor four channels, one of which is Faction. A couple of the channels have already instituted some censorship, but as of yet the axe has not fallen on Faction.
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Speaking of Stern, I think once the vocal Sirius critics (O&A, etc) get wind of this (im sure they already know), and start turning this recent Sirius strategy into a punchline, I think Sirius may see the light... Nobody wants to see Sirius turned into a public joke...

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Remember, good old-fashioned snail mail is the most effective way to get your message heard...Often, e-mails and voicemails go unnoticed. It may seem the best route to go through all channels, but in reality, we may get more done with more EFFICIENTLY through mailed letters.
As I explained before, use all three methods.

Though you may get canned responses from e-mail, on an important issue like this they will very likely be keeping a tally on where people stand on the issue, which they will report to management.

And you're probably just as likely to get a canned response from snail mail as you are an e-mail.

So use all three methods--snail mail, e-mail and phone calls.

The more contacts the better.
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I just sent my email, and will also be mailing a paper copy. I am also trying to get two friends of mine who are considering subscribing to call/email/snail mail Sirius about censoring music because they have both said that if the censorship continues, they will not subscribe.
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I sent my email and I am sending a written copy now as well. I also tried to call Jay Clarks office, spoke with his Asst' or somebody they transferred me to some guy name Alex and I spoke with him and sent him an email. I am considering calling Mel's office too, not that I am trying to speak with him but just maybe to get a message to him that censorship is wrong.

I called CS first of course, but no one there could answer any of my questions.
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What about those of us who aren't customers yet?
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Call Sirius and tell them you are considering subscribing,but if they are going to censor certain channels you may have to rethink which service you are going to subscribe to.
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Is anybody contacting Sprint about this matter?

If so what's the address, e-mail, and phone number?
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I think this is Sirius`s problem not sprint.Sirius has 2 tell sprint that thier customers pay 4 uncensored music,and thats what were gong to give them.There R plenty of stations on sirius that can accomadate sprint.Plus,I cant C that service being very popular anyway,can U imagine what it is going to sound like? Also the battery drain.Since 9/11 I always keep a spare battery on me,I dont need anything that is going to drain my battery for no reason.
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Hey all!

I just dropped my letter in the mail. Hopefully we can get Sirius to start a dialogue on this issue:

Dear Jay,

Very recently, I heard about a deal Sirius had made with Sprint PCS to make a subsection of Sirius’s content available to Sprint PCS subscribers. As a subscriber and shareholder of both Sprint and Sirius, I applaud this decision and look forward to the increased listening options that will be available to me. As part of this agreement, I understand that the content that will be broadcast over Sprint’s network will be toned down and possibly censored to remove possibly offensive content. It is with this in mind that I am writing this letter to you today.

As a father, I am watchful of which stations I have Sirius on when my two boys are in the car with me. This has historically left me with a small choice of Sirius stations to choose from when my children are in the car: most of the “decade” channels (1-10), the low rock channels (14-19), and Cracked Up Comedy (146). The amount of time that my children spend with me is usually negligible and so Sirius tends to be on mainstream stations when they are not around (20, 21, 27, 28, 45, 147 and a variety of talk and news). Although it’s frustrating that I can’t listen to more mainstream rock with my children in the car, I am still happier with Sirius than any terrestrial radio offerings.

So, you can imagine that I was happy to hear that Sirius would begin offering a number of “family friendly” stations. However, as I began to dissect and learn more about “the deal” I became dismayed to learn that new stations would not be added; rather, existing stations would be changed and censored. I was further concerned to learn that these changes would happen without the usual dialogue that Sirius has had with its listeners. This change felt like something less than a monologue since the changes were being “snuck” in.

I want to therefore go on record as opposing such changes. As a shareholder, I applaud management’s efforts to increase brand recognition and shareholder value. But as a subscriber, I purchased two lifetime subscriptions with a reasonable expectation of certain types of uncensored content. If there had been a dialogue with subscribers, then I would feel differently.

So, it is with this letter that I hope that Sirius management will begin a dialogue with subscribers to find out what options would generate the best value for both shareholders and subscribers. What if station(s) x was censored? How about if we added some censored stations at the cost of certain uncensored ones? I understand that tough decisions and sacrifices will have to be made. But by having such a dialogue with subscribers then management can make informed decisions about the direction of Sirius’s content with the least impact on the number of hard-earned subscribers.

I know that management is working hard to grow Sirius as an enjoyable product as well as a viable company. However, I am concerned with this decision. I hope that Sirius will take this opportunity to demonstrate yet again how it is different from terrestrial radio by opening a dialogue with its subscribers.

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I called the office of the president (Mel) to complain, someone is going to call me back (they said)... I will suspend my subscription and then cancel very shortly after.... I am so angry at this I may stop by the studios (work in NYC anyway).... Very much a slap in the face.... Also called customer service and the guy that answered said that there are really not that many calls about this, very disappointing.
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