Radio One Dissolves Partnership With XM Radio
January 2, 2008 at 1:48 PM (PT)
Effective JANUARY 7th, RADIO ONE will officially discontinue its programming arrangement with XM RADIO. RADIO ONE had been broadcasting on XM RADIO’s AFRICAN AMERICAN talk channel 169. XM will continue to air the shows which feature hosts REV. AL SHARPTON, JOE MADISON and WARREN BALLENTINE. According to LEE MICHAELS, National PD for SYNDICATION ONE, the two companies will cease to be partners, although these shows will continue to be broadcast independently.
RADIO ONE’s weekend programming will also be affected by this change although no permanent arrangements have been made. The future of the features “GW ON THE HILL," ” DIGITAL SPIN” and “TALKING WITH SPIRIT” is still uncertain.
MICHAELS claims even though the XM Channel’s audience was growing, RADIO ONE felt the financials made it economically unfeasible to continue.