According to Associated Press writer John Dunbar, fierce critic of the merger, Jonathan Adelstein (FCC Commissioner) has proposed a near perfect solution to this issue that is the best compromise for this situation (of all parties involved, imo) and if accepted, I will gladly endorse the merger, unless it affects our beloved music and David's show. I believe that within the proposed compromise though, there is no way the GD Channel disappears because it will be covered by the Public Service aspect of open programming channels proposed by Mr. Adelstein. He wants 25 % of the programming capacity for public interest content... 10% non-commercial and 15 % for minority sponsored programming, that will include indigenous music. Adelstein's proposal also nixes the current (and illegal) "exclusive" agreements with manufactures of receiver equipment and requires them to have a dual compatible devices within one year, that also are backwards engineered for AM/FM reception. The proposal also included a six year cap on pricing, as opposed to the three year cap offered by the industry. What I like best is the idea of "a la carte" purchasing of some music, as well the different packages that will likely be offered. I don't mind having a program I don't listen to but I hate the idea of being forced to fund those that I find offensive from a cultural and/or personal POV. I won't bother with naming names because I try to adhere to the adage of "to each their own" along these lines.
In any event, I'm please with the current movement along these lines and look forward to the day I can afford to have this service, as well feel that the long term benefits are being addressed by my government.
"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."
thanks David, keep us informed if you here anything new.
Saw on the news last night that Sirius an XM are gonna be mergin. Are we gonna get more channels, It won't affect the Dead channel I hope!
I too heard the Kingfish concert on Sirius radio taoday and it was my first listen of them. Good stuff. Rock on!
Never really heard much kingfish before, love it!
It must have been the summer of 04, but I'm not sure. I think 3 songs were played with Jerry on acoustic and the girls singing backup. It was beautiful stuff. Wish I could remember a song name or something. Thanks for checkin!
Went up on the mountain last night. Ran into a "Sirius Fire" the last couple miles. It was smokin! Came out to Gomorrah from a show a couple months before the first time I saw Jerry live which was J.G.B. at the Capito Theatre in Passaic, N.J. 1977 . If you could ever play that show it would be a trip. Also wondering if dgans could find the acoustic Jerry gospel with,uh oh brain drain, Jackie and Gloria? singing backup. Itwas a GD Hour a few summers ago. Would be nice to hear again some Sunday morning. Other than that thanks for the jams!
And I bid you goodnight.