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  • I get it now.

    Sirius 72, the “Pure Jazz” channel, is an oldies station. Sometimes it takes a while to break the radio code, even if you’re an old radio guy. Matt Abramowitz, the Sirius jazz programmer, told me they’re merely playing the “best” cuts so casual Sirius channel surfers will get a truly great experience if they try […]

  • A Sirius Chat

    A couple of weeks ago I got to talk by phone with the programmer who runs Pure Jazz 72, Sirius Satellite Radio’s 24-hour jazz station that, as the name implies, plays classic mainstream modern jazz. Jazz, traditionally identified as America’s only native artform (an assertion that might attract argument from certain other tribes), remains a […]

  • Review: Pure Jazz, Sirius Satellite Radio

    Sirius channel 72 is a good jazz station. It may be a great one. Radio and jazz haven’t made it together in the U.S., mostly. Jazz is an acquired taste, like avocados, or brussel sprouts, oysters. It asks more of its listener, more than classical music does, though its premise is simple: take a song, […]

  • Review: Sirius Satellite Radio

    This is my first review of Sirius. I’ve had an account for about five months. Though I spent a good part of my life in radio, and all of it thinking about and/or listening to radio, I didn’t acquire a satellite radio until my daughter bought me one for Christmas 2006. We were busy moving […]


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Heinrich Hertz's experiments proved the existence of electromagnetic radiation. Cycles-per-second, the standard measure of radio wave frequency, was named for him. He died in 1894, at 37. Wikipedia: Hertz


What do you do with a problem like Howard? After decades of profits and FCC indecency fines as routine budget items, Howard Stern, king of all pottymouth radio guys, followed his enabler Mel Karmazin to Sirius Satellite Radio, leaving CBS to make up a hundred million in revenue (They sold stations) and fill the void for the half of Howard's loyal audience who didn't choose to buy a new radio and pay fifteen bucks a month for a few more, ranker epithets.
Wikipedia: Stern


CBS might have become the Cigar Broadcasting System. William S. Paley was the scion of the family business. In 1927, his cigar tycoon dad, Samuel, bought the struggling network of early radio stations from a group of poor schlumps who were trying to – would you believe: sell programming to radio stations! Every syndicator since has had to relearn that this doesn't work. Bill and his dad figured out the right business model -- you sell commercials to advertisers, and give the programs to stations. Got it?
Wikipedia: Paley