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SIRIUS XM Radio (Merger Mania) Now that the FCC has "approved" the merger, discuss all the aspects of it and the newly formed company.

 
 
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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I'm wondering if Sirius and XM are offering special interest groups their own 'special channels' if they write to the FCC and encourage the merger.

Recently the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the National Council of Women's Organizations have both endorsed the merger.

I can't quite see why anyone would think that a monopoly would serve their interests better than two competing companies... That is, not unless there were some sort of promises made.
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ya think?
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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My personal favorite is "WIFE"--"women involved in farm economics". Such a heavyweight organization...
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Yes..

So far the following organizations are all for the merger:

The National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Federation, Latino Coalition, the League of Rural Voters, Women Impacting Public Policy, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Women Involved in Farm Economics,.

All these organizations feel the merger will bring more diverse programming to American consumers

I read this as these groups expecting to see programing specific to their organizations and goals. Why else would they be for the merger.. Why do they feel the merged company will increase 'diverse programming' ?
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No only Terrestrial radio does this kind of stuff
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Old 06-23-2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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I wouldn't make light of minority groups such as a rural women's organization and others. Minority groups have a say and carry weight with the FCC. The recent filing by this rural women's group stated that they've been overlooked by terrestrial radio and its true. Most local radio now days are cookie cutter operations with computers playing the music(delivered by satellite ie: ABC radio networks, ESPN) and non existent or very little diverse programming.
What satellite radio offers is like a Sunday brunch at a fancy hotel as opposed to lunch at Burger King. A merger would insure its chances as a going concern and continuing benefit to all who subscribe, including minorities.
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...What satellite radio offers is like a Sunday brunch at a fancy hotel as opposed to lunch at Burger King. A merger would insure its chances as a going concern and continuing benefit to all who subscribe, including minorities.
Mel says they don't need the "merger" (spin for buyout) to remain a going concern.

It's such a farce. Sirius and XM are desperate and desperate companies do desperate things. It's so funny to see the lines these special interest companies use. These special interest groups press releases are so fake, just as fake as the lines Mel uses. Interesting words to read, but no teeth them. And the special interests represent what, special interests, their own. Surely they don't represent the MAJORITY special interests. Waiting for the Rev. Jackson and Sharpton to get into the ring soon on this Sirius and XM farce. Ready for more good laughs.
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Everyone who has filed for or against the merger is a 'special interest group"...ooohh the NAB isnt and Rehr's hollow rantings don't amount to basic fear of real competition posed by a single strong Satellite provider with a future. The NAB would love to see the Satellite Radio industry, with its amazing potential, go away...and then who gets underserved with their cookie cutter, Kansas City dj voicetracks station in St Louis, one station sounds like any other, hoo haah. I love my Sirius and can't see my day being complete without it. My "special interest" is to see Satellite radio be financially strong...I would even pay more every month if it insured its growth!
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Everyone who has filed for or against the merger is a 'special interest group"...ooohh the NAB isnt and Rehr's hollow rantings don't amount to basic fear of real competition posed by a single strong Satellite provider with a future. The NAB would love to see the Satellite Radio industry, with its amazing potential, go away...and then who gets underserved with their cookie cutter, Kansas City dj voicetracks station in St Louis, one station sounds like any other, hoo haah. I love my Sirius and can't see my day being complete without it. My "special interest" is to see Satellite radio be financially strong...I would even pay more every month if it insured its growth!
Exactly. Its so funny to see all of these likely NAB members post these silly anti-merger messages. I am convinced what worries the NAB most is that if were allowed, XM/Sirius would be standard in every car built in a very short time.

But, for those who really are anti-merger for reasons other than their love of the NAB, they should push the FCC to pass a ruling that requires all radios in cars be equipped with Sirius and XM. Believe me, the NAB would be just as much against such a ruling as the merger. (And no, the rule requiring XM and Sirius to build an interoperable radio IS NOT the same thing).
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You guys are missing the point..

Obviously NAB is against the merger because Sirius and XM are in direct competition with traditional broadcasting. It's a money matter.

Now finish this sentence:

The Women Involved in Farm Economics fully support the Sirius/XM merger because.....

(Explain EXACTLY what benefit the merger will provide this group that can't currently be provided by the individual satrad companies)
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I'm one of the Women in Farm Economics and I fully support the merger of Sirius and XM because I love listening to Judith Regan, Candace Bushnell and Jane Pratt. I'd also enjoy having Oprah on my Sirius Radio and will do everything in my power to insure that this type of programming never goes away.
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Without the support from i57 w/ cha da bugre I'm not sure if this merger will have the momentum to go through.
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maybe the International Lady's Garment Workers Union will get a channel?
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The recent filing by this rural women's group stated that they've been overlooked by terrestrial radio and its true. Most local radio now days are cookie cutter operations with computers playing the music(delivered by satellite ie: ABC radio networks, ESPN) and non existent or very little diverse programming.
So true!!!!! XM and Sirius after a merger would definitely not utilize any computers playing the music or things delivered by satellite or anything recorded. I'm sure they will have nothing but live humans playing CD's in the studios. Nothing cookie cutter about the programming on the services either. I've heard they will even be making all of the promo sound effects live. If a commercial calls for a cows moo, they will go straight out to the farm to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are right again. No ESPN, ABC, or other filler junk like they have on bad AM/FM/TV on XM or Sirius either!!! It will be great!!! I am glad sat radio doesn't have ABC or ESPN!!!

Live and local DJ's on every channel taking requests I'm sure I've heard Mel say. Go combined XM/Sirius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As long as they don't raise the rates past $599.95 a month I'm in!
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I'm one of the Women in Farm Economics and I fully support the merger of Sirius and XM because I love listening to Judith Regan, Candace Bushnell and Jane Pratt. I'd also enjoy having Oprah on my Sirius Radio and will do everything in my power to insure that this type of programming never goes away.
See the Sirius/XM merger = joyful bliss for the masses.
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