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Old 12-08-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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Sirius. How about becoming more like BBC Radio 1?

What if Sirius was to take it's major channels (Alt Nation, Hits 1, LOC, Buzzsaw, etc) and staff them with live announcers. Take a page from the BBC Radio 1 manual and hire top quality announcers & put them on live for 4 hour shifts. Let them interact with callers. Let them take requests. Give them artistic freedom during breaks. Not every channel, just specific channels, the "flagship" channels of each format.

A few weeks back I was listening to Jason Ellis on Faction when he was interviewing Vernonica Foxx. Normally, I'd never have bothered with an interview with some porn star, but what caught my attention was that he was taking callers and was definately live. Content of the interview aside, I kept listening just for the live element of it. It made me wonder how great Alt Nation would be if the announcers were live, rather than voice tracked.

Half the cool factor of FM radio for so long was the personalities behind the mic. It was a combination of music, personalities & imaging that gave FM radio that magic (long time gone now). Perhaps Sirius should bring that back on specific channels & see how how that works? I think there are alot of people out there looking for that perfect mix of radio DJ & music.
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I agree with you that it would be much better if all DJs were live. Maybe once Sirius starts to make a profit, they'll start converting to more and more live shows rather than the voice tracked shows we hear now. I think they want to get to the point where they're making money before they start hiring more DJs though. It will be a while.
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I know this is not helping but why not email him yourself? I like your idea anti-elvis, I just wish this were actually happening.
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Thanks man, I will. Guess I wonder how many of us are really just radio fans that miss the days of radio that had good music and good personalities ?
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Thanks man, I will. Guess I wonder how many of us are really just radio fans that miss the days of radio that had good music and good personalities ?
You can put me down as one of those fans. There are a number of live shows already on Sirius music channels. You just have to know where to find them. Depending on your music tastes, try the Cousin Brucie show on the '60s channel Wednesday nights and Saturday nights, or the Vin Scelsa show on Disorder on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Live broadcasts are heard from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame each day on Classic Vinyl and Sirius Gold. And I think all of the country channels and the Elvis Channel are all live DJs (they all broadcast out of Tennessee instead of New York). You mentioned Faction - I think they have a number of live DJs, as do the hip hop channels.
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If you look back through the forum probably 3 or 4 years ago and occasionally since then, this topic has come up from time to time. There is no reason whatsoever that channels like Hit's One, The Pulse, Alt Nation, etc couldn't have live programming. My feeling is this is a great way to build subscribe loyalty and a solid fan base for a channel. SIRIUS however has rarely EVER allow direct subscriber interactivity live with the DJ's. XM flag ship 90's on 9 was a perfect example of how it can be done. Of course that has now all gone to the way side. I still think they too made a huge mistake when they dismantled the 90s on 9 channel and moved the DJ's around to other channels. They have NEVER been able to get those other channels to be like the 90s channel.

I understand that it is a lot cheaper for SIRIUS to pay DJ's to do voice overs and that way they can do multiple channels because they are never live. But at least a few LIVE channels would be awesome.
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Hey, a good start would be to have the current announcers stop talking just about the music & be more topical. I'll use Alt Nation as an example, I like the style of Madison the best, even if she annoys me at times. Her breaks aren't just about band trivia. On the flipside, I'd like to see a guy like Demos break out of the music trivia thing & work it up a bit. I might love a band like the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, but I don't really don't much care to hear music trivia about them.

I thnk it is possible for a radio network to have engaging DJ's without being local. BBC Radio 1 can do it on a national level, so I can't see why Sirius couldn't try it.


And when I say Live, I'd include weekends.....the whole idea of a weekend morning show & some specialized Saturday night programming that might break out of the stations mold a touch (A dated, but good comparison would be Chris Sheppards Club 102 85-88 on CFNY Toronto).
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