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FCC Finally Approves Sirius Acquisition Of XM!!

I am – Hercules!!
Sixteen months after Sirius satellite radio announced its intent to acquire rival XM, the Federal Communications Commission late Friday removed the final regulatory roadblock by formally approving the merger in a 3-2 vote. If you own an XM or Sirius satellite radio, you can now look forward to more channels and probably at a better a la carte subscription price. XM listeners will now be able to hear Howard Stern’s show and Sirius listeners will be able to hear whatever’s the biggest show on XM (“Oprah & Friends” maybe?). Find all of the Associated Press’ story on the matter here.

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  • July 26, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    You mean, sound, without pictures?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • July 26, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    more comedy stations!

    by BadMrWonka

    the only reason to have either of these services...unless you are brain ded enough to enjoy Howard Stern

  • July 26, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by BatPsycho

    im not paying for what i can listen to on a radio. thats what cds and ipods are for

  • July 26, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    That's cool

    by OhGawDuhhh

    Satelite radio is neat. Also, the article about aliens scared the shit out of me.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Scared the shit out of you?

    by FilmZ0mbie

    Is it the aliens or the government that's got you scared? Wouldn't blame you if it was the government.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by squidman

    O&A! O&A! O&A! O&A! O&A! O&A! O&A!

  • July 26, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Actually, Opie & Anthony is the biggest show on XM.

    by ngx

    Actually, Opie & Anthony is the biggest show on XM.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    It's a merger not an acquisition.

    by TotalFreedom

    Stop posting false info and scrounge a little journalistic integrity for fuck's sake.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    moriarty and...that other one

    by Dijjot

    on g4 today. saucy shit. oh, and both are underwhelming. if you can afford to get sirius or xm, you can afford to hook your ipod up to your fucking car and cut the middleman out.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Zero Point Zero

    by WhoDis

    Are O & A's rating. Hey, anyone seen Mancow lately? oh, and STEVE LANGFORD HAS A HUGE PENIS...

  • July 26, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    awesome spelling of communications

    by cyrent


  • July 26, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Stop deleting my posts

    by Ihatehercules54

    Why are you so afraid of the actual truth?

  • July 26, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by WhoDis

    Zero... point.... zero

  • July 26, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by Ihatehercules54

    If you seriously believe that is true you are an even bigger idiot than the guy who posted this terribly inaccurate "article." I suppose the Programming Director for XM who has stated time and time again that Channel 202 is the higest rated channel on XM is not enough to convince you it has better ratings than Oprah and Friends.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by Andyrooskie

    Best thing on XM, second to XM Comedy. Worth it for the hour-long director interviews alone. Never listened to Sirius, but looking forward to the broadened scope.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    what on earth is going on? some dude's posts are deleted, then you delete your post as well?<p>even if this dude is a douche (and his name seems to make that a distinct possibility) AICN usually doesn't pull that.<p>come on good buddy!

  • July 26, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Ack Ack

    by quantize


  • July 26, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Obviously I'll never convince the stern fans here...

    by Ihatehercules54

    but at least Hercules could stop deleting perfectly reasonable posts that explain why his entire article is inaccurate. I suppose when you get your merger news strictly from the mouth of Howard Stern it's going to be inaccurate.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Forget radio...moving pictures, that's the future, see!

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • July 26, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    if you want to be taken seriously, you might consider not naming yourself something so stupid and petty, just saying...

  • July 26, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Ihatehercules54

    You're probably right but his shit posting gets tiring. It clearly got his attention so maybe he'll fix the article to resemble something unbiased and accurate.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    So is this CNN now?

    by Chanoc

  • July 26, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I stand by the headline.

    by Hercules

    Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. has acquired XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., and will now merge the Sirius and XM assets and operations it now owns. Mel K continues as CEO. <p>FCC approves Sirius Satellite acquisition of XM <p>Reuters <p>Friday, July 25, 2008; 8:47 PM <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc's (SIRI.O) purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc (XMSR.O) was approved with conditions by U.S. communications regulators on Friday, clearing the way for a deal that will leave just one U.S. satellite radio service. <p>The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a proposal that would allow the deal to proceed as long as the companies meet a series of consumer protection conditions, including a three-year cap on prices, set-aside of channels for minority and non-commercial programming and payment of a $19.7 million penalty for past FCC rule violations. <p>(Reporting by Peter Kaplan: Editing by Tim Dobbyn) <p>

  • July 26, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by Ihatehercules54

    But that doesn't mean you should completly throw out integrity when posting articles like this.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Too bad Howard Stern is 15 yrs past his prime

    by Rupee88

    Hamptons Howie just isn't very entertaining these days.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    ok, I do have a question though...

    by BadMrWonka

    is Ihatehercules54 Opie or Anthony?<p>I'm asking honestly, my brain is not porridge so I have never listened to them, so I obviously can't tell which one is which...<p>maybe he's howard stern! no, wait, he hasn't laughed at his own jokes or treated a woman like shit since he's been here, can't be Stern...

  • July 26, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    and you're still wrong

    by TotalFreedom

    it's a merger of equals, no matter which article you cherry pick to prove whatever point you're making.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    yay...i can finally hear howard again

    by bacci40

    cuz i have xm for baseball, and i got tired of downloading the show...ya, its too bad that its not the howard of old, but its still better than 99% of the other shit on the air

  • July 26, 2008, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Oh Boy!

    by JetJaguar

    Great! Now Sirius listeners can hear how awesome O&A really is, without having to go through the trouble of paying for XM! Because two unfunny assholes doing a lame fascimile of Howard Stern is really great, and Artie Lange isn't funny at all! Or Richard Christy and Sal, or Fred's sound effects for that matter! Howard Stern hasn't been funny for years! Go fuck yourselves, the only funny show on radio is and always will be Stern, until he finally retires (in which case the reruns will probably continue to hold that title). He's been better than ever since he ditched terrestrial radio, and no matter how hard they try, hacks like O&A will never have anything as great as Sal and Richard's phony phone calls, the Sybian, the Stern staff arguments or the general banter between Howard, Robin, Fred, Gary, Artie, Benji and everyone else in the back office - because the one crucial element missing from O&A, and every other shitty xerox of Howard's format for a radio show is CONFLICT. You'll never hear anything close to the bile during a typical Gary screwup or a Sal racial misadventure on any other show. It's not just a show with funny jokes, but an insanely compelling microcosm of personalities (Artie going berzerk and attacking his assistant, after already admitting years ago to not only being a heroin addict but being on heroin DURING THE SHOW itself; Robin admitting to being molested by her father and then for years hearing hundreds of listener songs which not only make light of it, but do it hilariously; Sal's total honesty about his horrible marriage and his wife's likely cheating, etc.). Also, it seems that on the few and far between satellite radio-themed talkbacks O&A fans are always the first to fire a shot across the bow against Stern fans. Why? If they're so secure in O&A being comedy geniuses, why attack Stern fans? Is it over insecurity that their heroes will never really be remembered as anything but second-tier Imus-loving copycats who came late to the party?

  • July 26, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Hey now

    by CarmillaVonDoom

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  • July 26, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    fascimile = FACSIMILE

    by JetJaguar

    It's late and I'm angry!

  • July 26, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    So JetJaguar is this your first day on AICN?

    by Xiphos_2

    Attacking another talkbacker for having a different opinion then you is the back bone of talk backs. Enjoy your time here.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    You can cherry pick all the newspaper articles you want

    by Ihatehercules54

    It's still a merger of equals as stated by both XM and Sirius. I suppose The Washington Post is a better source for you than Sirius's own press release?

  • July 26, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Sirius' press release is correct as well.

    by Hercules

    Because now that Sirius has purchased XM, it will "merge" XM's assets into its own. <p>Smarten up.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Great News!

    by topaz4206

    It only took a year and a half to "allow" free enterprise to move forward. Better late than never.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Is it possible...

    by ebonic_plague have contempt for both Stern and that O&A show, both? Or do I have to pick a side as a condition of talking back about this? Also, fuck this entity known as "Mancow." I thought Kurtis Blow's channel was pretty good, though. I'd shell out for that.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST


    by the milf lover

    What does that merger/acquisition/whatever of XM and Sirius have to do with AICN exactly? Its supposed to be "the best in movies, TV, DVD and comic book news". I dont see "radio" listed in there.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by Dijjot

    at arguing semantics. i love this site, man.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    and yeah this headline/story is not right for AICN

    by Rupee88

    It is not really genre-related and it sure isn't anything approaching exclusive news. There is so much Comic-Con stuff right now that there was no reason to post this as a major crime, but it was a mistake.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    I've had a theory that Herc is Howard Stern...

    by Kevin Bosch

    A while ago, one of the other writers on this site, in some article o post somewhere, mentioned that Herc is actually a successful, known person in the entertainment industry, just not television. Part of me always suspected Stern, mainly because of the number of articles about him in Coaxial. And, if I remember correctly, Stern was also a big fan of Buffy. I'm probably wrong, but i do wonder who Herc really is.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    If Herc was Howard that would be the greatest thing ever.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    In the history of all time. Howard rules! Listened to like all of 2006, but I didn't have Sirius... Wish I still had time for it.

  • July 26, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Zero point Zero is the funniest thing so far this year

    by MontyPigeon

    Everyone tries to copy Stern and not one of them achieves it. It's still the greatest radio show around today, no matter how many imitators steal its format.

  • July 26, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Hello! Yoo hoo!

    by YeahSureWhatever

    Well Monday morning's Stern show should be interesting...

  • July 26, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by quantize

    xlnt impression of a dipshit.. ..oh, its not an impression!!

  • July 26, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    TotalFreedom is a ninny

    by I am_NOTREAL

  • July 26, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    or else the president of XM

    by I am_NOTREAL

  • July 26, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Yay monopoly?

    by Anakin Whoopass

    What should have happened was a refusal of the merger and an FCC mandate that all satellite radio broadcasters interoperate with the same receiver hardware. Imagine if early radio and TV broadcasters locked people into expensive receivers that only received their one station? Anyone who thinks this merger is in the public interest fails civics.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by joe dope

    Let's dump him and get someone who actually shows up on time.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Garbled mumbling for all!

    by chipdog

    Now XM listeners can tune in to hear Howie try to talk through his dentures. LINGER LONGER!

  • July 26, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by chewyou812

    In just a shade under a decade. Alright!

  • July 26, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    satellite radio is the best entertainment purchase ...

    by Toe Jam

    i've made in the last five years. actually, i didn't purchase it, it was a christmas gift, but regardless ... there's so much beyond stern on sirius -- a ton of commercial-free music channels that i couldn't live without having at work, as well as a couple comedy channels i like to listen to every once in a while. and that's just the tip of the iceberg. the prick above who said he'd just stick to his ipod is a moron. you'll never hear new music you didn't even know existed, and you'll be stuck listening to your beloved nickelback and dave matthews band for the rest of eternity. satellite radio absolutely kills terrestrial radio, which i can't even stand listening to anymore. it's like rejecting cable tv so that you can stick to broadcast networks.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by choptop

    .....Help Stern straighten up his hairplugs with a Sawzall.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    If it wasn't an aquisition instead of a merger...

    by choptop

    ...Eric Logan wouldn't have been so quick to jump ship a couple weeks ago, although did leave for a pretty plush deal at Harpo.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Herc ...

    by ronsullivan12

    You're wrong my man, this is indeed a merger. I work for XM and have been eating, breathing, sleeping, and eating this nonsense for almost eighteen months now. Believe me ... nobody's aquiring anybody. The board for the new company is going to be an equal mix of both chairs. If you want to drop me an email for more details, let me know. Trust me though, I'm in the loop on this one and your headline is as incorrect as it is annoying

  • July 26, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Not to mention Herc ...

    by ronsullivan12

    What a la catre options are going to be available haven't been announced yet. It's a shade on the irresponsible-side, when it's clear the you don't have your facts entirely straight, to roll out programming options before they're made available.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I beg you, Sirius - dont cut Cinemagic

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I know - I've seen the Arbitron Ratings - Cinemagic gets truly pathetic ratings but that channel - along with ones like Liquid Metal, X-Country, Chill, Raw, etc - are exactly the unique kinds of stations that you need to keep on air because they make you distinct from terrestrial stations. For the love of all things good - don't cut them. PS. for those of you who have XM, 20 on 20 is by far and away the most listened-to station. No comment.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I Agree with Toe Jam

    by Itchy

    And I never thought I'd type that in my lifetime. Anyway, Satellite radio costs what ? $120 / year ? Best bargain in my entertainment book. I drive a lot, and being able to just scan through those stations anywhere in the country is glorious. Stern is fabulous by the way - I never liked him that much on terrestrial, but he was just built for satellite - 5 hours of enjoyment just about every day that he actually decides to show up and work.

  • July 26, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    satellite radio absolutely kills terrestrial radio

    by Geekgasm

    So say we all.

  • July 26, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    XM gets Air America and Art Bell & co.

    by darebear

    I can't wait to get those on Sirius. Liberals and aliens!

  • July 26, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hope they REDUCE channels

    by DinoBass

    Sound quality is ass on XM. Better than Sirius, though, which I got first but found to be unlistenable. Both companies got into this ad war as to who had more stations and divided their (limited, FCC mandated) bandwidth into smaller and smaller chunks of channels. I love the concept of satellite radio, but hate the fact it sounds like a Real Media file circa 2000. Hopefully, with the combined bandwidth of both companies and by getting rid of redundant stations they can improve the sound quality.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Biased opinion, pointless article, obsolete technology

    by Flipao

    A clumsy, proprietary one way data pipe has no place in the world of ubiquitous computing. <br><br>Howard is a good salesman Herc, he's great with little keywords like "revolution" and "addicted" which are probably still ringing in your ears and triggering Pavlovian reflexes (what was that phrase again? "fuck the FCC?".... oh, and his contract runs out in a couple years.<bR><br> By the way, Bob Dylan mate, you should look him up in between Oprah viewings (listenings now, even)... great songwriter, even has a radio show.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Monopolies RULE!!!

    by HoboCode


  • July 26, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    This is the end of Howard Stern

    by cousindave

    When the shareholders of the combined company see that they get practically identical ratings from O&A that they get from Howard Stern, at a fraction of the price of the half a billion dollars Stern is getting paid. Well what do you think is going to happen?

  • July 26, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    When Opie & Anthony took over Stern's KLSX slot

    by Mose Schrute

    they garnered only a tiny fraction of Stern's audience there. What makes you believe they attract a larger audience than Stern on satellite, cousindave? And why don't they demand the $500 million paid to Stern?

  • July 26, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Cousin Dave, have you seen the ratings books?

    by topaz4206

    Stern gets about 8 TIMES the audience in the latest Arbitron Satellite Ratings book.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Mose Schrute and topaz4206

    by joe dope

    The Arbitron ratings are bullshit. They skewered the numbers for both Sirius and XM. The figures aren't only for satellite subscribers but also for terrestrial radio. Arbitron doesn't have a box for satellite, just AM or FM. You have to physically write in the information. Numbers could be lost there. And when they did the survey, Opie & Anthony were on suspension for 30 DAYS because of the Homeless Charlie segment. That's about 1/3rd of the monitored time frame. Eric Logan confirmed that ONA's official numbers are in the same ballpark as Howard's and with the addition of their CBS listeners, they definitely should be trumping Hoo Hoo. And by the way Ron & Fez noon - 3 PM.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Uhhhhh O qua tanginn wann, motha fuckas.

    by zool43

    0.0 fans are just nervous because their favorite show has not been renewed by xm and their losing affiliates every week on terrestrial. Enjoy listening to board-op and aids face groveling to Howard, bitches. The virus is officially in remission.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Arbitron Satellite Ratings Book ...

    by ronsullivan12

    ... are WILDLY innaccurate. There's never been a good system put in place to measure DSR's program ratings. This article does a terrific job of illustrating the ratings problems. Certainly better then I'd be able to articulate them ...

  • July 26, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Joe Dope

    by ronsullivan12

    Well put brother!

  • July 26, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Opie and Anthony and Fez suck ass

    by Kraaken

    They are not funny - just a couple of New York douche bags with a few unfunny idiots in tow. They suck so bad it made my ears hurt. What is realy amazing is that someone found them to be talented. Additionally - the show with that Fez guy is just as atrocious - just plain ass. Thank god I will be able to get Stern soon.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    This merger

    by Cujo_Fugate

    is awesome.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Joe Dope, Ron Sullivan

    by topaz4206

    I am familiar with the criticisms of the Satellite Arbitron system. But although it lacks "absolute" accuracy, (i.e. Total Audience vs Reported Audience), none of the detractors question its validity for relative accuracy (i.e. apples-to-apples comparisons among stations/programs).<br><br>So while advertisers may be under/overpaying for ads based on total market reach, they are quite happy to use Arbitron to determine ad rates between channels, shows, and service providers.<br><br>In simplest terms: even if only 10% of the total audience is filling out their journals properly, that sampling is still listening to Stern 8 times as much as they listen to his competitors.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by joe dope

    Thanks man! And great link. Right on point.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Stern hasn't been great since BillyWest & Jackie left.

    by romanocc

    I used to listen to Stern in his prime in the late 80's, all the way up to when he made his movie Private Parts, but he is definitely past his prime now. Although he is ten times better now then all the morning shows today, what is missing from Stern is his ex-wife Allison, Billy West, and Jackie. When he was married, the show was great, cause all the beautiful women who came on the show, you knew he couldn't get cause he had to go home to his boring wife and 3 kids. You could relate to his plight as a fan, that we couldn't get those girls and either could he, cause he was a faithful husband. When Billy West left, Stern could never fill that void of someone who could do impersonations. Billy West could do anyone ranging from Marge Schott, Larry Fine, Jackie Puppett, Red Foxx, and racist Jay Leno. Jackie was a great writer who would feed Howard one liners all day and do that over the top laugh, and the conflict between Robin & Jackie all the time made the show great, cause you can tell they didn't like each other. I got Satelitte for a 6 month trial with my new truck and I was hyped to finally listen to Stern again, but I didn't re-up, as he has gotten real bland. Fred is nowhere to be found on the show anymore, as Jackie & Fred used to get the same airtime. Artie just isn't that funny and is TOO much a part of the show, and guys like Sal the Stockbroker also get too much airplay, as they are only good when they appear every few months rather then EVERY damn show! Bababooey is really the only one who still gets it as to why Stern works in that he doesn't take over any show, and just takes shit from Howard and realizes his job is to be a horse tooth jack ass.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by ronsullivan12

    You're correct in that it's still being used, but it's a wildly flawed system. To be blunt, I'm surprised more advertisers hadn't complained. I would think that, for what they're paying in fees, you'd want an accurate count of how many people you're reaching.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by joe dope

    Are you insane? Do you even know what you're talking about? ONA were off the air for ONE THIRD of the monitored time frame. They are also competing against themselves. How do those problems question "its validity for relative accuracy?"

  • July 26, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    No Offense but you are making an utter ass of yourself not mentioning Opie and Anthony. If you dont think that Stern's show has seriously fallen off (when he isnt on vacation that is)while on Sirus (and the end of his free radio run)you are drinking some major Kool Aid.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    The strengths you have just cited for Stern's show on Sirius would have been perfect if this were 1988 (you know, when he actually tried)T he hack bits such as prank phone calls and fake Artie breakdown are painfully to listen to.

  • July 26, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    I can see why you would have a hard time listening to Ron and Fez. It must be terrible to hear intelligent interviews and clever comic timing. What, are you upset that when some drone occasionally calls and says "babaooie" they let him stay on the air and make as ass of themselves?

  • July 26, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    Oh, one more thing. Ron is from Philly and Fez is from Florida. Was that Howie research? I will never understand why Stern supporters follow everything he says like sheep; he is supposedly this big free speech advocate, yet he had a gag order put on O and A when they were hurting his feelings by telling the truth about him back on terrestrial radio.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Joe Dope

    by topaz4206

    We'll know more when 2008 numbers are released, but until then, let's modify the numbers to reflect the off-air time:<br><br>O&A were off-air for one third of the time, so lets multiply their weekly cume by 3, giving us 648,000. Now, let's not forget that Stern's show is off-the-air for 20% of EVERY WEEK (not to mention 3 weeks of vacation in the same ratings period) so for a true apples-to-apples comparison his weekly cume would be adjusted to at least 1.525 million. But let's leave that alone and keep it at the original 1.22 million figure.<br><br>Even after inflating the O&A figures by 300 PERCENT, the Stern ratings are still 200 percent higher.<br><br>Statistical variation is one thing, but O&A supporters need a statistical miracle, and they will not get one when the next ratings figures are released.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    This just in: FCC approves merger that will obliterate any poten

    by WillsDad

    That's just great. Satellite radio is now dominated by a monopoly and consumers will be at the mercy of whatever price XM/Sirius decides to charge. Thanks for looking out for us (the consumer) U.S. government.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by ronsullivan12

    You must have over-looked the mandatory 3-year price freeze was part of the agreement with the FCC. This isn't even bringing up the a la carte programming options that will give you the chance to lower your bill ...

  • July 26, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I Love O & A fans

    by Itchy

    they always talk about how O & A will kill Howard with ratings, either beating him or drawing comparable ratings at cut rate prices, but every single time they have competed head to head, Howie destroys them. I don't sit there and scan radio ratings all day long, because I really don't give a fuck, but I know that O&A here in Detroit took over a slot on a sportsradio station that drew less than a 1 share, and they actually LOST ratings. Forget about even getting close to Howard. There's a reason Howard got a $500 million dollar deal, and it's not because Mel Karmazin is a fucking retard.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Hey WillsDad

    by Itchy

    here's an update - if Sirius XM charges too much, people will just stop subscribing. It's not like it's a necessity. They might not have direct competition from each other, but they sure as hell have competition for "radio listening", whether via mp3, podcases, internet radio, etc.

  • July 26, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Opie & Anthony fans need to quit thinking about Stern

    by Mose Schrute

    Christ knows Stern fans never think about Opie & Anthony.

  • July 26, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    O & A vs Howard

    by ronsullivan12

    Why isn't it OK to just like them both?

  • July 26, 2008, 6 p.m. CST


    by joe dope

    I specifically mentioned that BOTH the numbers for Sirius and XM were skewered. Hoo Hoo and ONA's figures are off to varying degrees, but Stern does not have "8 times the audience" than ONA. Opie & Anthony are in the same range as Howard's numbers. This was confirmed by Eric Logan. And your argument on the 2008 Arbitron ratings is drivel because the system will still be fucking pointless. Now let's just appreciate that both sides can now work with their friends (i.e., Breuer on ONA) and Opie will stop bitching about nothing getting done.

  • July 26, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by ronsullivan12

    You're banging your head against the wall here ... topaz's just not going to get it ...

  • July 26, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Joe Dope

    by topaz4206

    The Arbitron system is not "pointless." It is the ONLY system in place to gauge relative audience. Since satellite is a one-way flow of data, diaries are currently the only available metric. Eric Logan and/or Mel Karmazin have NO other basis for comparing audiences among their own channels.<br><br>The new diaries have been revamped since '07 and will now include a clear section for Satellite radio. I haven't heard a single salient point from you as to why relative comparisons aren't valid. It's because they ARE.

  • July 26, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yes, you actually can find new music with an ipod

    by INWOsuxRED

    There are tons of free "new music" podcasts. Some are shows, some just give away free songs. Sound Opinions even puts together a show about just the best new songs about every six months.

  • July 26, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I actually really dig Sirius' music stations.

    by Lenny Nero

    Definitely playing a lot of punk and old school rap (i.e. Backspin). Howard is just the icing on the cake for me. I actually really didn't like the fellow for the longest time, but now that I'm listening again, he's starting to grow on me. <p>I'll give O&A a chance as well, but from the little I've heard from them, they are just as big of jackasses as Stern but without any of his...joie de vivre. They're just kind of assholes. But we'll see.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by Darth Philbin

  • July 26, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Finally some return on my stocks.

    by 1895DCSkate

    Because they both been dropping lower than McCain in the polls.

  • July 27, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Howard Stern is a moron.

    by Cotton McKnight

    He battled with the FCC for years and kept threatening "I will move to satellite radio!"<p> Um, Howie? Don't you think the FCC WANTED you to do that? Their whole point was to get you off the terrestrial airwaves and they got exactly that. Oh sure you get your billion dollar payday, but who cares? Does the FCC care that you cashed in? Nope, they just wanted you gone. So I am trying to figure out if Mr. Freedom of Speech and King of all media is really stupid, pragmatic, cowardly, or just shallow. Or all of the above?

  • July 27, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Since I've had Sirius I can't even listen to regular radio anymo

    by otm shank

    Too many commercials and dipshit djs. Stern Rules!

  • July 27, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Stern Show still great but...

    by Buck Swoop

    Been a daily listener since 94. I will continue to listen to every single broadcast until HS signs off the air. I can't get enough of Beetlejuice, Eric the midget, or the Sal and Richard phony phone calls. However, 33% of the time they just phone it in and imho it is the most racist and homophobic show of any kind on the air – mostly due to Artie Lange changing the dynamic of the show. I like and occasionally listen to Adam Corolla but 20 minutes of commercials per hour is excruciating.

  • July 27, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    O&A are just not funny. Period.

    by Atticus Finch

    I tried listening to O&A when the guy I carpool with had to use a car with XM for a week because his broke down. We put on O&A on Monday to check them out...and turned the station because they were literally boring us. Tried again Tuesday...and got to hear some rehashed Stern bit where they intervied homeless guys on the street. Groundbreaking! Yeah, right. We ended up turning the station again and learned our lesson for the rest of the week...O&A aren't funny. They are about the level of a Bob&Tom, which is to snort and guffaw at the littlest things like they are at a Richard Pryor concert. Its funny that O&A and their fans are so obsessed with Stern, but since I've listened to Stern, I've only heard O&A mentioned once by Gary when he autographed some book by an O&A writer or something. O&A have to come to grips with the fact that Stern is a bigger name and talent in his twilight than O&A can ever hope to be in their prime.

  • July 27, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I don't understand this war...

    by critch

    They both suck hard. Stern was funny about 10 years ago when he was actually popular. The most press O/A ever got was when they got kicked off the radio. They're the worst example of the shit morning shows that you hear on every station in town. XM and Sirius can both go die, and now they probably will much easier. I have an Ipod, and the only use for regular radio is brief local news/traffic/weather, the rest of it isn't worth the time. There's a reason the only ads you hear on radio is for "Buy Gold!" and ovaltine.

  • July 27, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Of course Sirius is aquiring XM

    by Shayde

    The XM stock becomes Sirius stock. Bottom line. XM is failing, Sirius is doing much better. Mel will still run the company. Sure, XM employees are told merger to save face and calm their fears of unemployment... but be real. I wish all the XM employees except O&A good luck with their future employment. O&A will be on their asses faster than you can say Monster Rain.

  • July 27, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, and 0.0...

    by Shayde

    was brilliant.