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Old 10-01-2005, 08:21 PM   #121
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Here's what I send Sirius about this; not sure I sent to the right people tho' ... I also posted to my musical email list (the Iddiot's Delight Digest).

To whom it may concern at Sirius:
Here's my review of your new channel, Acoustic Coffeehouse. In a nutshell: thumbs partway down.

First, it's not exclusively acoustic. Not remotely exclusively. I'd say 50% acoustic, which isn't enough for my tastes. Lotsa loud music and a little screeching, which I don't like. I like my music quiet and tasteful, but interesting.

Second, it's not nearly diverse enough. I've been listening most of the time since Thursday am and have heard a few repeat songs and many many repeat performers – two songs from Tracy Chapman's _New Beginnings_ – now, I like that CD, but I don't want to hear two songs from one CD in 24 hours. Also, too much Norah Jones. Nothing against her, really, but don't need to hear her twice in 12 hours!!

Third, WAY too many covers. And not great covers, either. I've heard at least 7-8 covers in the two days (~48 hours) I'd listened. I don't mind a cover now and again, but that's ridiculous.

Fourth, I miss some human interaction. No mention of what was played. I know, I'm supposed to listen with my Replay or Starmate or whatever and look at the display to see what I'm hearing, but that's counterintuitive. I'm listening to the radio, and I want to HEAR a little bit about what I've heard. Back-announcing, if you will.

It sounds like a huge iPod – a few dozen CDs cued up somewhere and set to play. Not very interesting. I'd rather hear a larger range of music (where is Suzanne Vega? Al Stewart? Steve Forbert?) and fewer repeats. And perhaps more acoustic and less electric rock.

I'm very fond of Sirius Disorder and Margaritaville, and this new channel seems like a bad mix of both. I'd rather it were a little more diverse.

Thank you for your time,
stephanie b.

ps to the forum: I read somewhere that David Dye's World Cafe will be on 6-8 pm & 10 am to noon to next day. It's a nice musical interlude from WXPN in Phila; he plays cool music and interviews people. Definitely in the Meg Griffin / Vin Scelsa vein (tho' less talk than Vin). According to the "Get Sirius Info" blog, it's on the Advice channel, #117. Huh?
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:10 AM   #122
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I sent a note to the VP of programming when I heard Folktown was going away. In the note I thanked Megless, Buddy, Michael, Nick, Paul, Pete, Maura and Emily for introducing me to a LOT of folk artists I hadn't known about. As a result of Folktown, I've been to lots of concerts and Falcon Ridge this year. The DJs provided their own insight into the music. I listened from 8AM until often past midnight, starting my work day with Buddy Cage injecting stories from the road with the music he cares so much about. Michael Tearson was the ideal host for folk music, given his roots in perfoming the genre in the 1960s and doing folk radio for years. Meg and Paul did some outstanding interviews that got me to consider listening to artists I'd never have heard otherwise.

The response I got from the VP was the same as others have reported, that this new channel would be a replacement with the same music. In the first hour I tried listening, I heard mostly jazz. I like Jazz. I'll listen to it when I want to, by tuning into one of Sirius' fine jazz channels thank you. Not sure where the acoustic music is, but it's not on this channel.

My first foray into satellite radio was with XM. I changed to Sirius because I was looking for two things, folk music that sounded like it was programmed by people not machines, and public affairs content. Besides, with XM partially owned by Clear Channel, the company responsible for generification of the airwaves, why would I support them?

With Folktown on Sirius, it was easy for me to be an evangelist for satellite radio. After all, on satellite one could play music that might offend a few folks, and might not be "politically correct".

I suggested the last song played on Folktown before pulling the plug should be Ronnie Elliot's "I don't hear freedom ring anymore."

So far this year Sirius lost Air America to an exclusive deal with XM, and decided to kill off Folktown.

Perhaps they got too much flak for having a bunch of left-leaning stations (clearly Folktown fit this, or at least the DJs did, but then folk music tends to lean left). Sirius programming seemed to have NOT been controlled by the corporate, republican-spew talking head media. But perhaps that's what's now changed.

Sirius has taken a tack toward what Chris Chandler termed in one of his pieces, "The United States of Generica." (www.chrischandler.org for folks who've not been introduced to this outstanding artist).

Guess it's time to sell my stock in Sirius, think about selling the radios, and go buy XM.
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:18 AM   #123
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I sent a note to the VP of programming when I heard Folktown was going away. In the note I thanked Megless, Buddy, Michael, Nick, Paul, Pete, Maura and Emily for introducing me to a LOT of folk artists I hadn't known about. As a result of Folktown, I've been to lots of concerts and Falcon Ridge this year. The DJs provided their own insight into the music. I listened from 8AM until often past midnight, starting my work day with Buddy Cage injecting stories from the road with the music he cares so much about. Michael Tearson was the ideal host for folk music, given his roots in perfoming the genre in the 1960s and doing folk radio for years. Meg and Paul did some outstanding interviews that got me to consider listening to artists I'd never have heard otherwise.

The response I got from the VP was the same as others have reported, that this new channel would be a replacement with the same music. In the first hour I tried listening, I heard mostly jazz. I like Jazz. I'll listen to it when I want to, by tuning into one of Sirius' fine jazz channels thank you. Not sure where the acoustic music is, but it's not on this channel.

My first foray into satellite radio was with XM. I changed to Sirius because I was looking for two things, folk music that sounded like it was programmed by people not machines, and public affairs content. Besides, with XM partially owned by Clear Channel, the company responsible for generification of the airwaves, why would I support them?

With Folktown on Sirius, it was easy for me to be an evangelist for satellite radio. After all, on satellite one could play music that might offend a few folks, and might not be "politically correct".

I suggested the last song played on Folktown before pulling the plug should be Ronnie Elliot's "I don't hear freedom ring anymore."

So far this year Sirius lost Air America to an exclusive deal with XM, and decided to kill off Folktown.

Perhaps they got too much flak for having a bunch of left-leaning stations (clearly Folktown fit this, or at least the DJs did, but then folk music tends to lean left). Sirius programming seemed to have NOT been controlled by the corporate, republican-spew talking head media. But perhaps that's what's now changed.

Sirius has taken a tack toward what Chris Chandler termed in one of his pieces, "The United States of Generica." (www.chrischandler.org for folks who've not been introduced to this outstanding artist).

Guess it's time to sell my stock in Sirius, think about selling the radios, and go buy XM.
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I sent a note to the VP of programming when I heard Folktown was going away. In the note I thanked Megless, Buddy, Michael, Nick, Paul, Pete, Maura and Emily for introducing me to a LOT of folk artists I hadn't known about. As a result of Folktown, I've been to lots of concerts and Falcon Ridge this year. The DJs provided their own insight into the music. I listened from 8AM until often past midnight, starting my work day with Buddy Cage injecting stories from the road with the music he cares so much about. Michael Tearson was the ideal host for folk music, given his roots in perfoming the genre in the 1960s and doing folk radio for years. Meg and Paul did some outstanding interviews that got me to consider listening to artists I'd never have heard otherwise.

The response I got from the VP was the same as others have reported, that this new channel would be a replacement with the same music. In the first hour I tried listening, I heard mostly jazz. I like Jazz. I'll listen to it when I want to, by tuning into one of Sirius' fine jazz channels thank you. Not sure where the acoustic music is, but it's not on this channel.

My first foray into satellite radio was with XM. I changed to Sirius because I was looking for two things, folk music that sounded like it was programmed by people not machines, and public affairs content. Besides, with XM partially owned by Clear Channel, the company responsible for generification of the airwaves, why would I support them?

With Folktown on Sirius, it was easy for me to be an evangelist for satellite radio. After all, on satellite one could play music that might offend a few folks, and might not be "politically correct".

I suggested the last song played on Folktown before pulling the plug should be Ronnie Elliot's "I don't hear freedom ring anymore."

So far this year Sirius lost Air America to an exclusive deal with XM, and decided to kill off Folktown.

Perhaps they got too much flak for having a bunch of left-leaning stations (clearly Folktown fit this, or at least the DJs did, but then folk music tends to lean left). Sirius programming seemed to have NOT been controlled by the corporate, republican-spew talking head media. But perhaps that's what's now changed.

Sirius has taken a tack toward what Chris Chandler termed in one of his pieces, "The United States of Generica." (www.chrischandler.org for folks who've not been introduced to this outstanding artist).

Guess it's time to sell my stock in Sirius, think about selling the radios, and go buy XM.
In the end these is no "Right Wing Conspiracy" just the fact that there is no market to support Air America and Folktown. Sirius does have 2 Npr stations, PRI and OutQ so I would not call them right leaning at all.

I was sad to see Air America leave, (it was their decision to leave, not Sirius's Management) I enjoyed AAR it was very entertaining radio. I still listen to it on XM when I am in the car. I tried many times to listen to Folktown but I could never get into it. Perhaps I wasn't the only one.
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Old 10-02-2005, 11:10 AM   #125
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ps to the forum: I read somewhere that David Dye's World Cafe will be on 6-8 pm & 10 am to noon to next day. It's a nice musical interlude from WXPN in Phila; he plays cool music and interviews people. Definitely in the Meg Griffin / Vin Scelsa vein (tho' less talk than Vin). According to the "Get Sirius Info" blog, it's on the Advice channel, #117. Huh?[/quote]

Yes, it is on XPN's web site that world cafe will be replayed on Sirius. Xpn is a great station in Philly. In fact since Sirius has canceled folktown I have returned to listening to XPN. You don't need Sirius to here Wolrd Cafe it is replayed on many public radio stations already.
XPN is not folktown, it is more diverse but in my book it is better than any full time show left on Sirius.
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World Cafe is now on Advice, which is a low-bandwidth station. I listened for a little while on Thursday, but the sound quality is so poor that I turned it off.
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It's the mix I would do for myself on the iPod. There's a dedicated group of folk music afficionados out there and perhaps there's a need to devote some exclusive time to that genre.
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:40 PM   #128
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I know I already posted but Coffee House has become my new very bestest favorite. I have hardly listened to anything else since the 29th.

I really missed Soundscapes and Vista--no substitue for me. Now, I really could care less because I have Coffee House.

I have no idea what I will do when Coffee House comes up on the choping block but I think Sirius rarely kills its new stations so I'm set for a nice long while.

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I was sad to see Air America leave, (it was their decision to leave, not Sirius's Management) I enjoyed AAR it was very entertaining radio. I still listen to it on XM when I am in the car. I tried many times to listen to Folktown but I could never get into it. Perhaps I wasn't the only one.
I went out and picked up an XM receiver. Will give it a try for a month or two. I've been listening to The Village on XM 15 most of the day. It seems XM is able to find an audience for folk, but Sirius isn't, or perhaps neither of them can properly measure what people are really listening to.

So, I'll get Air America back, and get a folk channel.

For the folks who love the new Coffee House channel, I think that's really great. I'm glad there's an audience for the mix they're playing. It's not Folk, so those of us who loved Folktown will go elsewhere. As has been stated multiple times, Sirius management promised Coffee House would be playing the same kind of music as Folktown did. Clearly this isn't the case.

It's probably time to separate the threads about folktown going away from the threads about Coffee House, so those who love the new channel can continue to praise it without listening to the folkies grouse.
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The last time I listened to the Darma Cafe they said they would be on sat and sun 11-2. This is all so strange. What do you think is going on? Also, is Meg Griffin off for good too???
Actually, it was supposed to be Sat 10-1, and Sun 11-2.
I just heard from someone who saw on the Disorder page on sirius.com that the Darma Cafe is supposed to be 7-10 Sat, and 11-2 Sun. This is different from what they’ve been advertising for several weeks. And real early on the left coast!
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I was sad to see Air America leave, (it was their decision to leave, not Sirius's Management) I enjoyed AAR it was very entertaining radio. I still listen to it on XM when I am in the car. I tried many times to listen to Folktown but I could never get into it. Perhaps I wasn't the only one.
I went out and picked up an XM receiver. Will give it a try for a month or two. I've been listening to The Village on XM 15 most of the day. It seems XM is able to find an audience for folk, but Sirius isn't, or perhaps neither of them can properly measure what people are really listening to.

So, I'll get Air America back, and get a folk channel.

For the folks who love the new Coffee House channel, I think that's really great. I'm glad there's an audience for the mix they're playing. It's not Folk, so those of us who loved Folktown will go elsewhere. As has been stated multiple times, Sirius management promised Coffee House would be playing the same kind of music as Folktown did. Clearly this isn't the case.

It's probably time to separate the threads about folktown going away from the threads about Coffee House, so those who love the new channel can continue to praise it without listening to the folkies grouse.
I hope Folktown is what you are looking for. I have both and enjoy having both. I listen to Sirius 80-90% of the time, but I have XM for things like MLB, AAR and Glenn Beck. I used to listen to the Loft, Hear Music, and Fine Tuning. Someone turned me onto Sirius Disorder for my Fine Tuning, and now with the Coffee House and Spa 73 I will be listening to XM even less. I still plan on keeping both Sirius and XM.

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Old 10-03-2005, 03:37 AM   #132
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[quote="gleff"]OK, I've been listeneing to Coffee House for 2 days now (off and on) and really can't understand what Sirius's intentions were.

This is in no way even close to Folk music, let alone acoustic.

Elton John was played yesterday ??? HELLO ?!?!?

Where are the singer song writers they promised us ?

Sirius Disorder is the closest replacement for Folk Town and like someone else stated here, too much rock interruption.

And what's with all the jazz ?

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You know, it definitely is not Folktown. This is not the first time Sirius promised something like an alternative and people were left flat. Chill as a substitue for Soundscapes was the clear example.

With every change someone will get burned--I was burned with Soundscape and Vista but not somewhat rewarded with the new changes. I tried to get into Folktown and never really could--to each his or her own.

Sorry to those who lost a favorite. I really don't know Coffee House's specific identity--I just like it.

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It seems that people like this mismash. But it's not like any coffee house that I''ve ever seen, or would want to spend any time in. Folktown was a jewell, and I hope that Sirius wises up eventually. Aging babyboomers like myself also listen to music--and subscribe to satellite radio!
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