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Old 01-14-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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I think the great thing about satellite radio is that it doesn't necessarily have to appeal the masses. I suspect that niche channels can draw in enough subscribers nationally -- where they never would locally -- to justify keeping the channel. For example, I listen to Pure Jazz, but there are very few local jazz stations nationally outside of major metropolitan areas. Also, I think that both XM and Sirius probably believe they have to keep certain genres of music to be taken seriously -- such as classical and jazz and, maybe, even some multicultural programming. It's kind of like a bookstore that carries some classic literature even though it doesn't sell really well. No self-respecting bookstore would be without some classics. I like some of your channel ideas, but I wouldn't call for an appeal to the masses and cutting classical music stations.
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:57 PM   #3
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I listen to Radio Korea.
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:10 PM   #4
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Sirius Pops, Classical Voices, Symphony Hall, and anything not in the English language- especially that friggin' Korean Channel

It seems like Sirius should try to appeal to the masses here in America more by getting rid of this stuff and bringing back some popular channels that were deleted like Wax and Remix- or bring aboard an all-90s and a movie soundtracks channel- a lot of people have been calling for those.
No. No one in the whole wide world listens to classical music. Its just a fantasy. You're right 30 plus pop, rock, rap stations just won't appeal to the masses--let's eliminate the three classical ones right away so we can make more duplicated rock and rap stations. End of sarcasm.

I happen to like the classical stations. If you just want to appeal to the masses terrestrial radio is free. Many people, me included got Sirius for a bit more variety in classical, jazz, and New Age than is otherwise available on free radio.

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Sirius Pops, Classical Voices, Symphony Hall, and anything not in the English language- especially that friggin' Korean Channel

It seems like Sirius should try to appeal to the masses here in America more by getting rid of this stuff and bringing back some popular channels that were deleted like Wax and Remix- or bring aboard an all-90s and a movie soundtracks channel- a lot of people have been calling for those.
No. No one in the whole wide world listens to classical music. Its just a fantasy. You're right 30 plus pop, rock, rap stations just won't appeal to the masses--let's eliminate the three classical ones right away so we can make more duplicated rock and rap stations. End of sarcasm.

I happen to like the classical stations. If you just want to appeal to the masses terrestrial radio is free. Many people, me included got Sirius for a bit more variety in classical, jazz, and New Age than is otherwise available on free radio.

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Thx Uncle...totally agree with ya!!! Puts some class into your life and try classical music....everything doesnt have to be what the masses listen to.
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:20 PM   #6
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Sirius Pops, Classical Voices, Symphony Hall, and anything not in the English language- especially that friggin' Korean Channel

It seems like Sirius should try to appeal to the masses here in America more by getting rid of this stuff and bringing back some popular channels that were deleted like Wax and Remix- or bring aboard an all-90s and a movie soundtracks channel- a lot of people have been calling for those.
I listen to SIRIUS Pops and Symphony Hall quite a bit. So you're essentially saying because you had channels you liked removed you want others to suffer that same fate?

I want a Movie Soundtracks Channel too, but I don't want good channels to be deleted to make room for it.
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I don't think you can determine how popular these channels are by looking at how much they are discussed on Sirius Backstage..

There are over 2 million Sirius subscribers and just under 17 thousand SBS members.. (I doubt they are all active because if you look through the SBS member list, there are people who joined a year or more ago and only have one or two posts.)..

It could just be that the average person who likes classical music doesn't normally subscribe to web boards.. If you look the bulk of the music related conversations on SBS, they deal mostly with rock, pop hip hop and dance..

There aren't that many classical music threads, on SBS but there aren't nearly as many country, or jazz or standards discussions either.. I don't know about you, but Martha Stewart discussions are almost non existent That doesn't mean she isn't popular with some of the 2 Million + Sirius subs..
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Sirius Pops, Classical Voices, Symphony Hall, and anything not in the English language- especially that friggin' Korean Channel

It seems like Sirius should try to appeal to the masses here in America more by getting rid of this stuff and bringing back some popular channels that were deleted like Wax and Remix- or bring aboard an all-90s and a movie soundtracks channel- a lot of people have been calling for those.
I listen to SIRIUS Pops and Symphony Hall quite a bit. So you're essentially saying because you had channels you liked removed you want others to suffer that same fate?

I want a Movie Soundtracks Channel too, but I don't want good channels to be deleted to make room for it.
Yes exactly. Just because you don't listen to these channels doesn't mean it doesn't have an audience. For every type of music you sure can believe it definately has an audience for it. I don't listen to radio korea or any classical stations but I don't want them deleted. Sirius is for everyone not just for the "popular" music fans.


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Sirius Pops, Classical Voices, Symphony Hall, and anything not in the English language- especially that friggin' Korean Channel

It seems like Sirius should try to appeal to the masses here in America more by getting rid of this stuff and bringing back some popular channels that were deleted like Wax and Remix- or bring aboard an all-90s and a movie soundtracks channel- a lot of people have been calling for those.
Nothing more scarier than the words, "appeal to the masses". That would make me jump ship for sure.
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I listen to the classical and jazz streams all the time. I just don't post about them.
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We need all the channels that you listed. The more diverse the channel offerings the better. I wish that they would get the Chinese channel going that they promised.
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I think it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking those of us here on SBS are representative of the Sirius audience as a whole. I'm sure that's not the case. It's likely those posting here are younger and more likely to be male than the average Sirius listener. That would explain why you never see any posts regarding Martha Stewart. I'm sure there are plenty people tuning in to her channel. (It also explains the heavy posting about Hair Nation)

I would bet big money on the fact that the classical channels get far more listeners than Wax or Remix did. I listen to Symphony Hall all the time at work. I think it's amazing. I don't care much for the other two (Pops or Voices), but they have their fans too. Dropping classical would be the biggest mistake ever (worse than losing Folk, or Wax, or Fox News).
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I listen to the classical and jazz streams all the time. I just don't post about them.
I agree. I too listen to the classical/jazz stuff. But since I like it and am happy with it....nothing to complain about, so no postings regarding Jazz/Classical. Very happy with Sirius offerings in that department.
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Does anyone listen to the Christian stations? I can see people listening to most of the stations you listed except for the Korean. I think there is a lot of wasted bandwith there. I still don't know why they have a million rock stations. Half of them overlap and should be merged so that they don't repeat the same songs all the time. What about these artist stations like Bruce, Elvis, and The Rolling Stones. Can't they merge these into one and have an artist of the month?

I just think it's funny how Sirius can't add stations because of their "limited bandwidth," but yet they have all of these overlapping channels that could easily be merged.
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I don't think you can determine how popular these channels are by looking at how much they are discussed on Sirius Backstage..

There are over 2 million Sirius subscribers and just under 17 thousand SBS members.. (I doubt they are all active because if you look through the SBS member list, there are people who joined a year or more ago and only have one or two posts.)..

It could just be that the average person who likes classical music doesn't normally subscribe to web boards.. If you look the bulk of the music related conversations on SBS, they deal mostly with rock, pop hip hop and dance..

There aren't that many classical music threads, on SBS but there aren't nearly as many country, or jazz or standards discussions either.. I don't know about you, but Martha Stewart discussions are almost non existent That doesn't mean she isn't popular with some of the 2 Million + Sirius subs..
3+ million subscribers, not just 2million....
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