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  • Bob Dylan's ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’ starts today on XM, Sirius XM, whatever its name is today

    For the past three years, Bob Dylan has hosted the “Theme Time Radio Hour,”
    an hour-long radio show on XM that showcases music from all sorts of genres and artists. It’s very artsy, and it’s starts again today. Beginning at 10am ET on XM channel 40, Deep Tracks, “Theme Time Radio Hour” starts anew. Each show focuses on a theme, then explores music related… Read More

  • Madness: Opie and Anthony on Sirius radios, Stern on XM radios

    Following the merger, XM content has made its way to Sirius-branded radios. This photo shows XM’s Opie and Anthony playing on a Sirius radio, on channel 197, and Howard Stern on an XM radio. Yeah, it’s weird. Read More

  • Howard Stern slotted to make XM debut tomorrow: Still on channel 100

    If we’re to believe the latest XM Signal Guide (a weekly newsletter it uses to promote all sorts of XM-related fun), XM listeners may well be able to hear Howard Stern as early as tomorrow. The recently merged company, actually known now as XM Sirius Radio, has The Howard Stern Shows listed on its Channel 100 Web site, as this pic shows. Now, whether or not that’s merely the work… Read More

  • Given the worrisome financial climate, how do you convince folks to subscribe to Sirius XM?

    You may have woken up to news that we’ll all be standing in bread lines in just a few short weeks—I’ll be back in the US of A in just about a month to witness the country’s unraveling in person—so credit to Sirius XM’s Mel Karmazin for trying to keep the company afloat. Sirius XM is, after all, a luxury expense; when there’s proper bills to pay… Read More

  • Karmazin appears to reassure fans during Opie and Anthony


    Possibly their worst photo ever, and one that’s several years old Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius XM Radio, was just on the Opie and Anthony show</a to discuss a few post-merger items. For the most part, it looks as if Opie and Anthony are safe, and that Karmazin wants them to be a part of the new company (i.e., renew their contract). At the same time, Karmazin once again expressed… Read More

  • Post-merger, what happens to Opie and Anthony?

    Following the approval [PDF] of the XM-Sirius merger (read: buyout), we can now focus on some of the specifics of the deal, fallout, and all sorts of post-merger hysterics. The first order of business: what happens to Opie and Anthony, of which I’ve been a fan since their WNEW days? Their contract with XM expires on October 1, but, according to what they’ve said on the show, XM has… Read More

  • FCC to approve XM-Sirius merger

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the XM-Sirius merger has been given the tentative OK by the FCC. Deborah Taylor Tate, the final FCC commissioner to cast a vote, is expected to vote in favor of the merger, thus clearing the way for the merger. There are, of course, a few restrictions to be placed on the newly combined company. • Price freeze. They have agreed not to raise prices… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger approval now down to single vote

    Today was a big day vis-à-vis the XM-Sirius merger, as Johnathan Adelstein, the FCC commissioner who wanted to place all those restrictions on the merger in exchange for his support, has officially withdrawn his proposal, voting against the merger in the process. That leaves us all tied up for votes for and against the merger with one single, solitary vote pending. Deborah Taylor Tate (right)… Read More

  • Completely unexpected: More restrictions could jeopardize XM-Sirius merger

    Oh for the love of God, now what? Surely by now you’ve heard about the long-delayed (to put it mildly) XM-Sirius merger, which is really more of a Sirius buyout of XM, but let’s not nuance ourselves to death. So yeah, now it looks like the merger won’t be allowed to take place unless the combined company agrees to set aside 25 percent of its bandwidth for minority and… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger could wrap up by end of July

    Believe it or not, the XM-Sirius merger could be finalized “any day now.” Cowen & Company, a high-profile investment bank, says the merger “is finally at hand and should occur by the end of this month.” Finally, right? In other possibly corroborating news, XM staffers have been asked to cancel any vacation plans for the week of July 21 (Opie said as much last… Read More