What's New On Sat Radio? Confusion.
If you're a satellite radio subscriber and you're not sure what stations you still have access to today, you're evidently not alone.
With the merger between Sirius and XM complete, the satellite company has just today changed around its channel lineup and shed some stations in the result. Sirius XM Radio has been laying off DJs lately and the company just posted a large financial loss.
On the popular morning show Opie & Anthony, which was once seen as XM's answer to Howard Stern, the shock jocks spent a few minutes this morning trying to figure which stations, with names like Ethel, Lucy, Boneyard, Fine Tuning, are still on the air. If anybody had an idea about what programming will be available on Sirius XM going forward, you'd think it would be these guys.
"It's a very exciting and a very sad day for satellite radio," said Greg "Opie" Hughes, who talked about missing a mellow music channel called Audio Visions at the beginning of the discussion. "I guess they got the new channel lineup and people are not happy," he said.
His partner agreed. "Satellite, in its inception, was supposed to be this thing with a lot of niche programming," said Anthony Cumia. "But now it seems like they're just kinda going for what is on regular radio, they're wiping out a lot of those little niche programs and stations that people kinda liked."
"That's what I liked about satellite radio," agreed Hughes.
The discussion followed a conversation on the show about the iPhone, Steve Jobs, and AT&T, with regular guest Jim Norton practically choking with contempt for his iPhone and the "atrocious" service offered by AT&T. (Then again, to be fair for those who have never heard the show, this is a guy who always sounds like he's choking with contempt.)
Satellite radio subscribers are puzzling through what stations are still available or now missing over at XMFan.com.
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