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Old 08-23-2005, 01:40 AM   #1
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To all members of SIRIUS Backstage, we need your help!

It is not often that I feel compelled to speak out against a programming decision made by SIRIUS Satellite Radio in an open letter, however we are currently facing a crisis that will affect the future of music on SIRIUS.

SIRIUS has made a commitment to every listener to transmit music and content, as meant to be performed by the original artist. In exchange for this contract, we are currently paying $12.95 per month for an alternative form of radio – one that provides uncompromised music and entertainment.

There are many options when it comes to digital music - iTunes, Napster, XM and Rhapsody to name a few. We all chose SIRIUS based on the fact that the company did not conform to the mainstream media status quo. SIRIUS formed a relationship of trust with each and every subscriber and that trust is now at risk of being violated. Recall that SIRIUS even went as far as creating a manifesto denouncing censorship and embracing free speech and underground expression.



We need to let SIRIUS know that modifying the content originally promised – most notably alternative content that we grew to expect on channels such as Alt Nation and Faction - is not an acceptable action. I invite each one of you to openly express your unhappiness with their decision to alter songs from their original composition. Let SIRIUS and Sprint know that censoring content is not an acceptable solution for a pay radio service. Note that DISH Network has absolutely no issue accepting the original SIRIUS broadcast feeds in the unedited form. Both DISH Network and SIRIUS provide parental controls as a feature in most receivers. Sprint should bear the weight of content access control, not current SIRIUS subscribers!

Let SIRIUS know that their myopic practices of censorship will affect its business future. Satellite Radio was meant to be a haven for music as an art form; if this trend continues then the days of experimentation will soon disappear as partners such as Sprint demand a play-it-safe approach. Please let SIRIUS know that you are disgruntled at their recent moves and that you will retreat to other music services or your own personal music collection.

SIRIUS set out to solve what terrestrial radio listeners rejected: Lack of musical variety. Song repetition. Commercial overkill. Censorship.

Let’s start a revolution. Let’s put Listeners first. Let’s have standards, guts and empower the programmers and artists.

All it takes is a short letter. Express your concern. Be honest. Be sincere. Be respectful. Make your thoughts known.

Mail to:

Jay Clark
Executive Vice President, Programming
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Thank you,
Jeff Hinson
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:47 AM   #2
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Jeff, I want to say thank you for making a stand, and as we've seen by the responses on here, the majority of the community is with you.

This is a CALL TO ACTION! Make a stand with Jeff and the SiriusBackstage community! Please, do so in a respectful manner, but also make your message LOUD & CLEAR.

And Sirius, take note. This board is your primary source of feedback online. I think the feedback is LOUD & CLEAR.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:55 AM   #3
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I absolutely will be composing a letter and mailing it as well as letting customer service know my viewpoint on this! I hope that others do the same before subscriptions are lost.
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Obviously writing a letter is the best course of action, but don't forget there are two other methods as well:


JClark@siriusradio.com

1-888-539-SIRIUS (7474)




Thanks for addressing this Jeff!


EDIT to remove the dash.
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I think this is a great idea, it has even compelled me to remove my chat signature. If you want the banner in your signature copy and paste the following into your profile:

[img] http://www.siriusbackstage.com/images/censor2.gif [/img]

(without the spaces)

A small correction to the post above, it is JClark@siriusradio.com
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Im glad you posted this Many people got sirius for the non-censored shows... Sirius, you cant do this to us!
I will be writing a letter to them too.

CENSORSHIP_OFF!!!
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A point of getting Sirius was for the uncensored programming.

Let's gets this fixed ASAP.
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I almost considered subscribing soon until this, I won't be until it's fixed. I might take a closer look at XM since I'll probably wind up with both eventually.
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There are plenty of channels for Sprint to pick from if they want censored music:

Sirius Hits 1
Starlite
Sirius Love
Movin E-Z
The Pulse
The Bridge
Kid's Stuff
Spirit
Elvis Radio
Classic Vinyl
Classic Rewind
The Vault
Sirius Blues
New Country
Prime Country
Bluegrass
Folktown
Hot Jamz
Soul Revue
Area 63
Chill
The Strobe
Planet Jazz
Jazz Cafe
Pure Jazz
Symphony Hall
Classical Voices
Sirius Pops
Tropical
Margaritaville

There are 30 stations that have very little to no cursing on them. Sprint is not supposed to carry the full lineup anyway, so why not give them those channels. If Sprint wants censored music, they can pay Sirius extra to create a second Alt Nation/Octane/Faction that is censored.
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For those who do subscribe, I wonder what suspending your account would do. Just on a temporary basis, for like a month or so. And when you do, let them know, emphatically, the reason you are.
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They'd probably charge you a fee...

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For those who do subscribe, I wonder what suspending your account would do. Just on a temporary basis, for like a month or so. And when you do, let them know, emphatically, the reason you are.
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Letter sent! I hope this changes things.
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Is there more background information on this? I'm confused about what Sprint has to do with this, is there a new partnership or something?
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If someone wants to listen to edited music they can listen to comercial radio. I signed up with Sirius because I could listen to unedited music. I can't beleive that they have started editing music on Alt Nation. It sucks! What are they going to do when Howard Stern finnaly joins Sirius?
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As part of SIRIUS' deal with Sprint to broadcast select music channels via cellphones, Sprint is demanding censored versions of some channels.

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