O&A: What's Our Status In XM-Sirius Merger?
February 26, 2007 at 7:00 AM (PT)
OPIE AND ANTHONY want to know where they stand in the pending XM-SIRIUS merger, with the pair analyzing SIRIUS CEO MEL KARMAZIN's discussion of the merger on rival HOWARD STERN's show MONDAY and ANTHONY concluding, "MEL's answer doesn't make me feel welcome." KARMAZIN, responding to a question from STERN sidekick ROBIN QUIVERS, voiced discomfort with sharing programming with terrestrial radio. Without mentioning O&A by name, KARMAZIN said that he would honor contracts but "as you move forward you make some decisions."
Something's gonna give.
"We made an amazing deal with regular radio," OPIE noted, adding that CBS was "desperate" after the DAVID LEE ROTH fiasco. "Something's gonna give," OPIE added. "We're gonna get kicked off of XM [or] we're gonna get kicked off terrestrial radio, but something's gonna give."
ANTHONY CUMIA, saying that he didn't want to have the show air on STERN's channel "doing a f--king commercial" for STERN, added, "It's gotta be the way it is right now [with our own channel]. If we're gonna be shit on ... maybe we don't want to be part of this." Still, CUMIA stressed that O&A could "absolutely" work for KARMAZIN again as long as no restrictions are placed on their content, as was the case when O&A were at CBS and prevented from discussing STERN by a KARMAZIN-instituted "gag order."