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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Shock jock Howard Stern, whose raunchy antics have redefined talk radio while placing him at the center of a national debate on media indecency, told listeners Wednesday that he was abandoning traditional broadcasting for satellite radio -- a money-losing, unregulated, subscriber-only medium that reaches a fraction of his millions of listeners.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 1, 2001 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
To hear the executives at Sirius and XM talk, peace has broken out in the world of satellite radio. The president of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., Hugh Panero, was the first to make nice. In November, when Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. hired Mel Karmazin as chief executive, Panero publicly welcomed the former Viacom Inc. executive, saying he brought "a new level of maturity" to the fledgling industry.
MAGAZINE
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.
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