Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sirius satellite radio follows trend of AM radio by preempting regular programming for sports

Robin's Commentary

I am a subscriber to Sirius satellite radio because I was impressed with their channel lineup and programming variety… And for the sports enthusiasts, Sirius satellite radio offers about half a dozen channels for sports.

One of the major advantages about satellite radio is that you get the same programming and reception just about anywhere versus local radio, so you're pretty much guaranteed not to miss your favor show.

Last week Sirius started following a trend that is common in AM radio… When there's sports playing somewhere… AM suddenly becomes sports radio on all channels of the AM dial.

Now I realize that sports, especially football is a very popular game… However, not everybody wants to listen to sports all the time.

It is specially annoys me when I set aside time to tune into my favor talk show and it got preempted for some game. KUGN is especially famous for this.

So you can imagine how livid I was last Sunday when my radio classics program channel 118 was preempted for a football game. In fact, as I scanned the other channels, I discovered 11 other channels that were preempted for some football game.

I wrote satellite radio, and here's their response…

Dear Robin,

We appreciate the time you have taken to contact us regarding sports on RadioClassics Ch. 118. We are here to assist you.

Robin, we certainly understand your frustration as you do not enjoy listening to sports. SIRIUS remains dedicated to providing our subscribers with a wide variety of programming including music, news, entertainment, and sports.

By providing the entire NFL game schedule and over 1,000 NBA games per season, we offer the most comprehensive sports programming for fans to follow their hometown teams, from anywhere in the continental U.S. While most of these games are offered on our sports channels, it is necessary from time to time to share broadcast time with a few of our talk channels. We will re-air interrupted shows when possible

So my interpretation of this letter… Is that Sirius satellite radio is actually sports radio, and your shows don't matter.

I am not paying a monthly fee to listen to sports… But I like my talk radio (which was preempted) my Radio Classics show which includes old time mysteries such as Sherlock Holmes (which was preempted) and the comedy channels (which surprisingly was not preempted at this time)

Anyway, if you feel the same way that I do… Please e-mail customer service or call them at 1-888-539-SIRIUS (7474) and tell them that you do not appreciate them preempting channels that you are paying for because of sports.

If they feel that there are more games than channels, then they should either add more channels or prioritize the games that they wish to show on the available games channels.

SportsChannel line up
normal channel lineup

by the way, they just merged with their competitor, XM Radio, So the choices for satellite radio just became limited.


Anonymous Brian said...

Robin, I couldn't find an email address listed on your site, so I apologize for using the comment box... I ran across a blog of yours from a few years back expressing your disappointment in your LCC CIT degree... I was wondering if this was because you specifically wanted a networking job? I'm a laid-off worker and I'm wondering if you think the degree would be a better idea if the goal was computer support specialist instead? (

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Blogger Robin said...

I apologize about not posting an e-mail… I figure if somebody wants to write me a nasty gram based on some of the topics, they can do it here.

Actually, this would be a good topic of discussion where others can contribute their experiences.

When I originally went lcc, I went there with the intent to become a programmer because I am a natural at it and enjoy programming. Unfortunately, one of the requirements to be a programmer is to learn java. One of the instructors for the course stated that there is a 50% expected dropout rate for the second term of the course. And they are OK with that.

That should give you some idea about the course.

Since I graduated, I understand that they have completely revised their curriculum… However, that does not mean it's better.

Personally, if I had it to do over again… I would go to ITT technical institute in Portland.

I had the opportunity to take a tour of their campus in Portland and I was very impressed.

One thing in comparison that impressed me about ITT was the advisory committees. Lanes advisory committees are made up of the few local businesses which I have the opportunity to meet some of the representatives at a luncheon. Their primary focus is not so much what you know, but how you interact with the other employees. E.g. one of the reasons why we were forced to suffer through "human relations at work" course.

ITT's advisory committee however is made up of businesses ranging from UPS to the FBI. Their primary focus is that you know how to do the job.

When I asked ITT's representative about courses such as "human relations at work", (when he got done laughing) he stated that their primary focus is on the degree. In other words, we focus more on teaching you what you need to know to do the job, and only do the minimal academic requirements for accreditation.
Another plug that I will give ITT is there after graduation program. A graduate has free access to job services in order to locate jobs, and what I think it is a really big seller… Is that a graduate is allowed to attend future courses in the same field for free.

Of course that is all my opinion… The best thing to do is to go interview with the instructors and students and to talk to some of its local businesses in the area about how they feel about the courses.

Also keep in mind as the syllabus will remind you, their goal is only to provide you with ENTRY LEVEL training.

However, If your goal is a bachelor's program at the University of Oregon… Or any other university for that matter, the best advice that I could give you is to work backwards.

As some students found out the hard way, Lanes AAOT program does not necessarily transfer all the credits to the university, e.g. some credits are Lanes only and and do not apply to the bachelor's program and were actually wasted time and money and credits.

So the best thing to do, is go to the university and pick up their sheet of what courses will immediately transfer to the university from lane community college and only take those courses.

It will save you a lot of time and money.

Finally, I guess one question to ask would be what do you really want to do in the computer industry? What are your interests? Or one way to put it… What you want really want to do with the opportunity to return to school?

I hope this helps.

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