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Old 12-03-2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Local (re: regional) Sports Talk Radio would be great!

Before I got SIRIUS, I used to listen to the New York Sports Talk station, WFAN, exclusively. I gave up on "music radio" a few years back, as I thought it sucked.

Anyway, hearing sports talk about "my teams" and "my area" was something that I liked and I started to broaden my "sports scope", listening to talk and interviews about other local and nearby teams and players.

However, these stations, as they got popular, became so loaded with commercials that it seemed like every time I got in my car and turned the radio on, I would catch the station in spots or something other than the "show".

I think it would be very cool if SIRIUS would create regional sports talk stations for the major markets (New York, Boston, LA, Chicago, etc) and hire ex-local station talk show hosts for each area, giving these markets an alternative to these AM/FM commercial fests.

If this approach took off, they could eventually hire the "top guys" over to satellite, much like Howard Stern, O&A, etc, were done, on a much smaller scale, of course.

Sure, there would still be commercials, but not at the same rate as the AM stations. Plus, folks who move out of the area could still hear their former local sports talk.

SIRIUS could use the channels assigned to football games, etc, and even just do these shows in the morning and afternoon drive.

I am not sure if this has been discussed before, but I think that this would be a great service for the channels.

The key is getting people who are already established in the local markets, guys who have been on the air on the local sports talk station and have left for one reason or another.

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-03-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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While I think you have a nice idea, I don't think there is enough of an audience out there for this for major markets. I'd rather see Sporting News Radio come to the lineup, but that's not going to happen.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:09 AM   #3
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I would love to get Paul Finebaum over to Sirius. Don't understand him on XM. He covers sports in the state of Alabama. Alabama and the Barn both broadcast on Sirius. Makes since he would, too.
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