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gd channel

I've been listening to the Dead Hour for about 5 years on XM. I just switched over to Sirius two days ago, but didn't know about the dead channel. I just thought I would try something different.

I'm glad David is putting the new Dead channel together.

Who knows how the merger will work out for consumers. They are offering more selective channel selection from both after the merger, but they are just making that suggestion to see the deal through. There is nothing stopping each of them from offering a more selective programming now.

Sirius and XM also have different compression so you would need a new receiver to listen to both. So that isn't going to happen for years.

XM used to have better programming, live music channel, that they did away with. Also doesn't Clear Channel own most of the XM channels?

The merger is going to be all about cutting corners and limited programming so the fat cats can make more cash.

You might see a good offering in the first few years after the merger then they are going to hit you up.

Well, any way it's good to see David here. I have enjoyed his show!

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Joined: Jun 9 2007
Remember when...

...shall we go, you and I while we can...
There would be a public outpouring of the people's wishes to stimulate change? You know, like the sixties? Get yourselves in touch with Sirius, and if you're a subscriber, push for the station being on-air ASAP. If you're thinking about subscribing, Let them know you want assurances about the GD channel first. If you have programming feedback, provide that ,too.Wishing and writing about it here won't make it happen.

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
yeah!

That Jerry/Bob interview was really cool... and funny!
Can't wait for the full-time channel...but I guess i'll have to...

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Joined: Aug 14 2007
Turn those machines back on!!

So when do we get a full time GD channel?
I was getting VERY used to being able to listen to this station whenever I wanted.

My favorite was an interview w/ Jerry and Bob where they talked about Phil's "angular" bass playing - and then played some clips to illustrate their point. Just great "inside the music" stuff.

Sorry - I will go back to work now.

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Siriusly...

...shall we go, you and I while we can...
Yeah, aud, you're right, waiting may have advantages except that 1) no one is thinking XM will buy out Sirius, 2) once Sirius buys out XM, Sirius will have control of the receiver market and the price of receivers MAY go up, and 3) If you buy right after the merger, it's sounding like you'll pay Christmas time rates for the receiver anyway.

This deal's gonna happen, it's just too bad the lawyers aren't making good arguements for it to go through (yet). "Al A Carte" is a bad dining option and a worse marketing strategy. I'd try the "buffet" concept, myself.

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Joined: Jun 2 2007
Merger

I've been following this in the business news for a while, and frankly will be surprised if it doesn't come to pass. I definitely have no plans to buy into either until this thing shakes out.

Lots of investment news on this thing this week with the NAB whining about how they aren't buying the "a la carte" argument that Karmazin has been touting.

Anyway, meantime I still enjoy XM online (thanks to my boss' subscription for his cars) and my pal Denny's Sirius online login when he's not using it.

Sitting back on my lawnchair waiting for it all the shake out one way or the other before I even think about shopping!

And enjoying the hell out of this Boston show at work this morning...

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Interview with Sirius President...

...shall we go, you and I while we can...

Mel Karmakin on Fox News who said he expected the merger with XM to take place before the first of the year. The strategy is to say that Sirius and XM are competing with any music delevery system you can put in your home, car, or office, thus avoiding the monopoly issue. He also said that post-merger, "ala carte" channel purchase an other "efficiencies" would reduce the monthly cost to $6.95 per customer. So kick back and enjoy that GD channel , because it isn't going anywhere. Look for deals on receivers and adapters at stores like Best Buy and Circuit City, 'cause their cheaper there.

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GD On sirius

I love this preview, I drive about 10hrs aday and I haven't changed the station yet.I dont have any good thing to say about any big corperations but sometimes you just need to set back and listen to the music the deads music makes me happy and kind of hides me away from the machine.So let's just Enjoy.... Gans keep up the good work you have to be a good dude cause youre tight with railroad earth my second favriote band.

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Joined: Aug 7 2007
The preview has been a week of bliss for me...

Got a great Wharf Rat playing right now...Jerry's in rare form on this one...using Firefox so I don't have the show-date info, but it's sweetly spooky. I'll reiterate what I said yesterday in the 'what are you listening to now' thread...I hope Sirius keeps this channel going for as long as possible after it officially launches.

And it's good to know that Gans is helping Sirius out...

"Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Cool..!

That would be very sweet if it becomes free as it is out of my price range at present! It all sounds like a really great and fantastic thing indeed! This would really expand the Dead's audience in the international market! J :)

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