Monday, March 21, 2005

Satellite Radio: The Future Is in the Past

Here's the latest from the world of satellite radio, from

[As] FM radio turns away from rock, satellite is picking up some of the slack. "The decline of rock on FM radio is of huge interest to us," says Lee Abrams, chief programming officer for XM. "We play tapes of rock radio from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies and think about how we can bring that back in 2005."

XM's thirteen rock channels include Deep Tracks, a classic-rock station that goes beyond the limited playlist of its FM counterparts. Listeners tune in for shows such as Then Again Live, which invites artists to re-create classic albums in the studio -- the Allman Brothers Band tore through its 1972 Eat a Peach recently. And Tom Petty DJs a free-form show, Buried Treasure, on which he plays everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Jimi Hendrix.

...Traditional-radio execs say they're unconcerned by satellite's comparatively tiny numbers. "It's a blip," says David Field, CEO of Entercom, the fourth-largest radio conglomerate.
After reading that last quote, I have never wanted satellite radio more. What a jackass. I'm guessing it's that kind of visionary leadership that has Mr. Field's company in fourth place. Oh, and "Entercom" is a really stupid name for a radio conglomerate. So there!

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