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HOME & GARDEN
July 31, 2003 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Satellite radio for the home computer is so addicting, it should be sold on street corners in dicey neighborhoods. The XM Satellite Radio service, which debuted two years ago mostly for use in automobiles, provides 101 channels of niche programming. It gets so specific that it has not just a single oldies channel but one for every decade beginning with the 1940s. But its new personal computer unit truly makes it a jukebox from outer space.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Howard Stern, the self-described "king of all media," will continue his reign with Sirius XM Radio Inc. Ending speculation that he would take his show to the next frontier ? whatever that might be ? the radio personality said on his morning show Thursday that he had signed a new deal that would keep him with satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM for five more years. Stern, who turns 57 next month, did not reveal details of the pact, but word that he was staying put was enough for investors to drive up Sirius XM stock about 20% in early-morning trading.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Sirius XM Radio Inc.'s subscriber growth received a cool reception on Wall Street as investors became worried that the satellite radio company might lose customers early next year when its 12% price hike takes effect. In announcing its third-quarter earnings Tuesday, the New York company reported 21.3 million subscribers as of Sept. 30. That's up 334,000 from July — mostly from consumers who bought new cars and began subscribing to the service — but below analysts' expectations of as many as 400,000 new subscribers.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
How happy was Sirius XM Radio Inc. Chief Executive Mel Karmazin last week after his biggest star, Howard Stern, agreed to a new five-year contract with the satellite radio broadcaster? "From what I remember it was a good celebration," Karmazin said wryly. Getting Stern to stick around removed one of the big question marks facing Sirius XM. The company, which has weathered a difficult two years of financial uncertainty, needed to keep Stern not only for his listeners but also to signal to the financial community that its momentum is continuing.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Sirius XM Radio Inc. says it expects to raise its prices next year now that a federal mandate to freeze subscriber fees has been lifted. "We continue to believe it would be appropriate for us to increase our pricing to be able to continue investing in and delivering the best audio content in the world," said Sirius XM Chief Executive Mel Karmazin during a conference call with analysts Tuesday to discuss the New York company's second-quarter earnings....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Music is the most mathematical art form, but for classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5), the radio world's arithmetic has turned hostile, spelling nothing but trouble for its ratings. Arbitron, the company that surveys radio listeners to calculate how many tune in to each station, says KUSC has lost more than half its core audience over the last 20 months. Ratings declined moderately during 2010 and the first half of 2011, then went into a tailspin. According to Aribtron's reports, KUSC's average core audience has sunk from nearly 26,000 listeners in 2009 to 9,500 in its latest report - a 63% fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2007
Satellite radio: Jamie Foxx will oversee a new channel at Sirius Satellite Radio beginning this spring. Dubbed the Foxxhole, it will offer "urban comedy, entertainment and lifestyle" programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Steve Carney
Harry Shearer is wondering what went wrong. His Sunday morning satire program, "Le Show," is syndicated to about 100 public radio stations nationwide and is also available on shortwave radio, NPR Worldwide and as a podcast on iTunes. Yet the station where "Le Show" has originated for more than 29 years, KCRW-FM (89.9) of Santa Monica College, kicked him off the air last week. Instead, it will stream the program over the Internet. KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro cast the move partly as a simple matter of math: She's trying to make room for new voices while hanging on to some old ones by putting them online.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2006 | From Reuters
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said the Federal Communications Commission had given it the go-ahead to sell three radio models after concerns about whether they met regulations. Shares of the subscription-based satellite radio provider rose as much as 9% after the Washington company said manufacturers could resume making the radios it described as key products. XM closed up 59 cents, or 4.6%, at $13.49.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Former California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez faces record fines for campaign violations that include using $26,541 in political funds for his personal benefit to buy furniture, concert tickets, fireworks, satellite radio, travel, expensive dinners and gasoline. Florez, a Democrat who represented a San Joaquin Valley district until 2010, has agreed to pay $60,000 in fines, according to documents released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.
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