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Old 12-15-2003, 01:49 AM   #121
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As a former XM subscriber, and potential Sirius subscriber, I've been listening to the webstream of Totally 70s. Although my main interest in Sirius is in the many NPR broadcasts and the new(?) world-talk channel, there's no way I'm going to buy in to Sirius unless I really like the 70s channel.
In that case I would recommend listening for a few more weeks until it's clear they have settled on the format. They are incrementally changing it so you will want to make sure the final result is one you can live with.
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Old 12-15-2003, 03:46 AM   #122
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Tom,

Welcome aboard!

I see you have discovered the problem as well.

There are some promised changes on the way, but it seems
to be taking Sirius a long time to get this channel back where
it should be. While they have introduced a handful of new songs,
the channel is still primarily classic rock.

Additionally, the same songs are being played over and over again.

You may also notice a lot of repeats on SOUL REVUE and
MOVIN' EASY. The library here is much smaller than the XM
music library.

I hope there are still substantial improvements on the way.
The day I start hearing THE CARPENTERS, BARRY MANILOW,
JOHN DENVER and NEIL DIAMOND put in the mix then I know
the '70s channel is back.
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Old 12-15-2003, 05:50 AM   #123
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Actually, I bet the library is about the same size. What they choose to play from that library hasn't been...and I, for one, do not want them to become as broad ranging and playing esoteric and obscure as much as XM. But...they have currently erred too far in limiting the playlists. There is a happy medium. They need to find it...and I do believe they are on their way...I just hope they both go far enough and not too far...
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Old 12-15-2003, 08:37 AM   #124
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Interpreter,

Actually, it is my hope that slowly Sirius is on
their way to finding a happy medium.

I want this to be my primary music service.
Sirius has so much potential -- primarily in
the fact that they offer no commercials.

All of us here may be talking a bit loudly
here these days, but we all share the same
goal -- to make Sirius the best it can be!
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:16 PM   #125
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Well, I checked back in this morning, and it's back to Boston, Foreigner, Styx, etc., ad nauseum.

Has anyone here listened to the playlist at the internet radio station: www.super70s.us ??

Now that's what I call a 70s station. But hey, I can't pick up internet streams in my car, at least not yet.

A couple other Sirius observations...

1. Sirius offers a great "Country Gold" station, which XM lacked. With XM, we had the choice of very old, very obscure country, and newer, more pop-country. Sirius wins on this one.

2. I liked XM's "New Age" station better, because it played more ambient music, and had more of an ethereal feel. Sirius' "Soundscapes" seems like non-stop Yanni, with songs that seem to me are more closely identified with a super-easy-listening station, rather than New Age. XM wins on this one.

3. Sirius has a great offering that XM missed out on: chamber music. It's nice to listen to classical music that is not huge and monstrous, and Sirius' "Vistas" seems to be a great fit for my tastes.

Well, I just figured I'd throw my two cents in there... That's kind of what forums are about, I think.

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Old 12-15-2003, 04:11 PM   #126
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I listened for about 45 minutes this morning and heard the same rock type station we are all complaining about. I wish i could have listened more and been more objective, but there were too many people in my office and I just couldnt concentrate so I turned the stream off. I hope over the Christmas holiday, I can do my own study of the 70s stream.
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Old 12-15-2003, 04:53 PM   #127
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Has anyone emailed the 70s stream to let them know that it is running hot and cold (mostly cold)? Just when I think they have it fixed, with a good mix of 70s tunes, they go back to 45 min of classic rock!!! Who is programming this stream?? Get it right please!!!! We know you have the songs, we know we've heard some of them played, but it is like a sputtering engine, not running on all cylinders!!! Please!!!!!!!
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Old 12-15-2003, 05:06 PM   #128
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Siri,

They know.

In fact, from what I was told, they received hundreds of
email complaints about the changes they made to their
'70s channel.

It is also my understanding that the channel was never
originally like it is now. There actually was a diversified
playlist where you heard contemporary artists (Neil Diamond,
The Carpenters, Olivia Newton John) mixed with Soul/R&B
(The Spinners, O'Jays, Marvin Gaye) and classic Rock.

Here is what I have heard from uncomfirmed sources....

Someone new came to the station and decided that the
'70s channel was not appealing to the age group they
figured was listening to it. They totally revamped the
channel, cut the playlist in half or more, and started playing
an overdose of classic rock music.

They never stopped to think that a '70s channel was meant
to be a retrospective for those that lived through the era of
both mainstream AM radio and underground FM. Instead,
they felt that listeners in the age group of 40 would rather
hear classic rock. Well, guess what! Sirius already has a
classic rock channel.

Yes, they have received tons of complaints. Threads on
this forum from disgruntled listeners date back weeks. It
took a while until Sirius programming directors got wind
of the situation, but now they are supposedly promising
changes in the next few weeks. We estimated 3-4 weeks.

Two weeks have gone by and quite frankly there is little
change on the channel. There are a handful of new songs
being played but in total, the same classic rock songs are
still being played over and over again. You shouldn't be
too surprised to hear Maybe I'm Amazed, I just want
to Celebrate, Reelin' In The Years, Bakers Street, Moondance

and other classic rock standards to be played to death.

I have never heard so much Cat Stevens in my life!

There is also the issue of the channel playing heavily
edited versions of songs such as Beginnings, We won't
get fooled again
and Come Sail Away.

It is all our hopes that the next two weeks bring some of
the promised changes we are hoping for. It's about time we
heard a little Kung Fu Fighting, Rock The Boat or
Close To You. In fact, listening to Totally '70s
these days would make one forget that there were actually groups
like The Jackson Five, The Fifth Dimension, KC & The
Sunshine Band, Abba
and artists like Barbara Streisand,
Billy Paul, Paul Anka, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond
and
John Denver.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:32 PM   #129
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I agree Ron... looks like its time for another "talk" with the people in charge. The timetable and manner in which they are attempting to correct this mess is just not making sense. They know what is wrong, they have heard their customers.....tick tock tick tock.........
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:37 PM   #130
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Right now they are playing "Ramblin Man" by the Allman Brothers. Hope they continue to play some great Allman tunes: Jessica, Whippin' Post. etc. They were way ahead of their time.

They play a lot of Allman Bros. at 17 Jam ON too.

Keep up the good work.
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As has been stated before, there is nothing with the classic rock songs they play on 70s, its the amount or percentage of classic rock in the total playlist. Classic rock did not make up 70% of the pop/rock songs of that decade....and Sirius already has 2 classic rock streams. PD of the 70s stream are you listening??? :\
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:19 AM   #132
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One (of few) advantages of the internet streaming feature with respect to the PCR is the abilityof management to measure each station's "cume". The PD can make changes like what happened here and see what effect it has on the "ratings."

I wonder how the ratings of this station have fared recently? It is one of a few (Jam On, Country Road) that will make me turn off the PCR and listen to Sirius on the internet.
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Old 12-16-2003, 08:15 AM   #133
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Again, I dont get it. I have sent two emails to the Sirius 70s programmer indicating that I am not happy with the classic rock station that Totally 70s has turned into. Both times I received a "canned" response saying they appreciated my input.

How hard is it to open up the oldies vault and grab songs by the Carpenters, Partridge Family, DeFranco Family, Spinners, etc. There is a ton of music not being played. Why do we have to wait 3-4 weeks? They have the music, I have heard it on the other streams. Get with it Totally 70s. Maybe they need to turn on XMs 70s stream and see how it should be done.
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Old 12-16-2003, 09:33 AM   #134
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Either earlier in this thread or on a related thread I posted I felt the "Almost Totally 70s" channel was getting better, that it was beginning to play more "pop" tunes. I must have tuned in at just the right time when I heard those "pop" songs because I sure haven't heard them since! "Almost Totally 70s" is still 85% rock. This SUCKS! I am getting so frustrated with this issue. It has been well over two weeks since people on this forum began sending emails to Sirius regarding their displeasure with the 70s stream. I find it extremely hard to believe change takes that long. Unless, of course, Sirius has no interest or intention to change.
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:37 AM   #135
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Totally 70's is definitely playing more pop music than they were when this thread started. It still has a ways to go but I'm wondering if we will see any of the songs from MovingEZ on this stream. Since I listen to MovingEZ frequently, I'm getting a pretty good dose of 70's pop music there also.
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