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December 30, 2005

Air America to feel right at home at XM Satellite Radio

Debbie Schlussel informs us that XM Radio is infested with the "Orthodox Liberal-Left". While she doesn't mention Air America, not that XM and AAR are now life partners.

Debbie - who once personally responded to a comment I left on her blog and therefore who I can call by her first name - tells us that XM courted her for a "woman's" radio show, then complained about her unfettered, free-wheeling style:
...Oops! I offended the left-wing Ms. Reyer again. "You can't say 'skank' on the radio," she protested. "It will offend our listeners. You need to be more like PBS." How many PBS-watching 68-year-old cat-ladies--who stay home watching tax-subsidized specials on neo-feminist, pro-Palestinian, lesbian art from Antartica--do you think get satellite radio? Not many. But it's not like the liberal Reyer was in touch with that...

In the end, the women's channel, Take Five, ended up choosing audio of TV's "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and "The Tyra Banks Show" for its "flagship" programming. I suppose Banks' Oprah-light, Jerry Springer-esque White minstrel show is more acceptable than my use of the word "skank." Ditto for the Tyra episode on which her male doctor felt her up to prove to the world that her breasts are real. This is XM's idea of what upscale, satellite-radio-consuming women want.

When I got to Ms. Reyer's cubicle at XM headquarters, all was explained to me by the postings on the wall. Other than her son's drawing, there were just two items, but they told me everything I needed to know. First, there was a notice about Cindy Sheehan's bus tour, complete with Jane Fonda and vegetable fuel. I asked her why she had that up on her wall. "We're going to broadcast the tour on our channel," she told me. I asked her if she really thought women would be interested in hearing daily rantings by Hanoi Jane and Jihad Cindy. "Definitely. That's what our listeners, that's what a lot of women, want to hear..."

Posted in Meta at December 30, 2005 11:26 AM


I hate XM. I get XM with my Directv. It sucks compared to the old music channels on Directv. Most of them are RAP or R & B! I hate rap. Plus the annoying jocks.

Posted by: GregD at December 31, 2005 11:14 AM

I heard that KXXT, the AAR affiliate in Phoenix, is being sold to make way for a new Christian radio station!! All I have to say to Randi is 'Bye bye'...

Posted by: Randi Sucks at December 31, 2005 04:42 PM

Word is: Salem Communications Corporation bought KXXT Phoenix. Err America OUT Christian radio IN...

Posted by: Randi Sucks at January 2, 2006 07:04 AM

I had XM before most had even heard of it, I still have it, & I still love it. I would like to dismiss the hard left bias of XM, but the one person I have had contact with seems to be wide left. One of their origional programing (for XM's Broadway channel, XM28 )consultants was a guy named Bill Schmafeldt, aka "The Jovial One". Not too "jovial" when you look into his views. Very smart, has talent, but seems rather bitter. He does segments for NIH radio.

Posted by: danybhoy at January 3, 2006 01:30 PM

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


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