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July 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hugh Panero, one of the founders of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., is departing as chief executive of the company, a title he would have lost anyway if XM's proposed combination with rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. goes through. Panero's duties will be assumed on an interim basis by Nate Davis, who had been in the role of president and chief operating officer since July 2006. Davis, a former telecommunications executive, has served on the board of XM since 1999.
October 8, 2007 | Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Through the years, Bob Dylan's dealings with the public have been difficult. Hear him live and he can be a mumbling and aloof musician. Riffle through interviews with Dylan on YouTube and you discover a contentious, pretentious artist who is laconic, distant, apparently indifferent to enunciation, pleasantries and other everyday social constructs.
July 24, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators appeared poised Wednesday to give final approval to the merger of the nation's only two satellite radio operators, which would bring together the two struggling companies after a 17-month quest. Deborah Taylor Tate, a Republican who held the swing vote on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, reportedly was ready to vote in favor of the $3.9-billion merger if Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. agreed to new conditions.
December 17, 2006 | Alan Rifkin, Alan Rifkin is the author of "Signal Hill: Stories" and a student in the MFA creative writing program at Cal State Long Beach.
JENNY WREN'S WOODED HAUNTS: It's January on the 710, maybe my first week with satellite radio, when I have an experience much more yesterday than today. A new song by Paul McCartney (Channel 75/Hear Music/"Jenny Wren") wins me over with its oddness. The swervy, just-so phrasing; the melody that offends your expectations, just slightly, the way certain special children do, so you never forget them; the rueful reeds that dip in and out of minor key.
In a once-abandoned printing factory that used to churn out National Geographic magazines, 82 immaculate, gleaming radio studios stand at near-silent attention, waiting for a master switch to be thrown in late summer. XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is gearing up to go on the air in a big way: 100 channels of digital music and talk radio beamed to your car, broadcasting everything from rock, pop and country to news, comedy and evangelical programming.
The future of radio has arrived. But was it worth waiting for? And paying for? Satellite pay radio, beamed straight from space to your car or home, marks the first major advance in radio signal delivery since the introduction of FM in the 1930s. Last month, after much hype and numerous delays, XM Satellite Radio began rolling out its 100-channel service for $9.99 a month (plus about $225 or moreand up for a receiver) to several cities, including Los Angeles.
October 13, 2008 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, has lost his crown. The shock jock's syndicated morning radio show once drew a national audience of 12 million, but since jumping to satellite radio three years ago, his listeners have dwindled to a fraction of that.
November 19, 2004 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
One month after Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. stole Howard Stern from Viacom Inc.'s Infinity Broadcasting, the company said Thursday that it had hired the shock jock's biggest ally, the former top media executive whom Stern has referred to on the air as simply "my Mel." Mel Karmazin, Viacom's former president, is replacing consumer electronics veteran Joseph P. Clayton as chief executive of the nation's second-ranked satellite radio provider. Clayton will remain Sirius' chairman.
October 7, 2004 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
It took three 1,000-pound satellites to launch Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s subscription radio service two years ago. Now the company is betting that one man -- shock jock Howard Stern -- can help the ailing company finally achieve liftoff. The five-year, $500-million deal luring Stern from Viacom Inc.'s Infinity Broadcasting is fraught with huge financial risks for New York-based Sirius.
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