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July 12, 2005

Air America: bye bye Sirius, hello XM!

XM Satellite Radio is now the exclusive "satoutlet" and "satprovider" as well as "satsource" for Air America. In further absolutely breathtaking news, Al Franken and his cohorts will occasionally broadcast before a live audience at XM's DC studios.

This prompted Air America Radio CEO Danny Goldberg to promulgate the following entirely voluntary statement:

"We are very grateful to XM for the belief they have shown in Air America Radio... Our association with XM Satellite Radio is a major step in bringing a truly national voice to tens of millions of Americans who are sick of relying on conservative or middle of the road media for their news and political opinion."

Note that Sirius will still host Stephanie Miller and Big Dumb Ed on their Left Talk channel. As for myself, I'm not happy about this news. I'm not a big fan of Sirius for reasons not related to their programming, but at this point in time I have no such problems with XM. Accordingly, I would have preferred that AAR stayed on Sirius.

Posted in Meta at July 12, 2005 11:17 AM


I would appreciate a more detailed explanation. After spending a lot of money on Sirius, and to learn you switched - it would be respectful to your constituency to give some heads up and some of the reasoning, so you don't become like every other corporate group and fluff off the people who you represent. We learned of it as we were activating our newly purchased siruis provider. Ane this article is the only explanation? Please do better! Sincerely, Susan and Paul Houtkooper

Posted by: Susan Houtkooper at July 16, 2005 05:00 PM

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


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