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April 12, 2005

AAR, XM, AOL, STFU

XM is now the exclusive satellite radio network for Air America. From the press release:

XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio provider with more than 3.77 million subscribers, has announced a new long-term agreement with Air America Radio, the national progressive entertainment talk radio network home to Al Franken, Randi Rhodes and Janeane Garofalo. As part of this agreement XM will be the official satellite radio network for Air America Radio... Beginning in May, XM's liberal talk channel, America Left (XM Channel 167) will be renamed Air America Radio...

AAR is currently on both Sirius and XM, and sharp-eyed readers will note the difference between "official" and "exclusive".

MediaWeek, in what could just be a rewrite of the above press release, says this will be exclusive.

However, someone claims to have received an email from XM's manager of Corporate Affairs in which she says:

Based on our new long-tern agreement, XM will be the only satellite radio provider to offer Air America Radio programming...
In very similar news, XM also recently signed a deal with AOL:
This is the first time XM is partnering with an Internet company — but is AOL really the best partner? Sure, it's got a big, fat base of subscribers — but AOL's member ranks have been in decline for years, and aren't viewed by advertisers as, shall we say, the most desirable demographic out there...

Now, what does that remind you of?



Posted in Meta at April 12, 2005 12:10 PM

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Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.








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