'Into Tomorrow' Exiting Sirius XM Lineup, Continues In Syndication
December 6, 2010 at 3:59 AM (PT)
The syndicated tech show "INTO TOMORROW WITH DAVE GRAVELINE" is exiting the lineup at SIRIUS XM RADIO, and GRAVELINE said that the move is a "show of support for its AM and FM affiliates." The show is not renewing its contract, which expires on DECEMBER 15th, with the satellite provider.
"I'm the ultimate 'early adopter,'" said GRAVELINE, "but I can no longer support SIRIUS XM. I've always cringed at the term 'terrestrial radio.' AM and FM stations are 'radio'! And our show will be more special to our affiliates if those affiliates are the only kind of radio that we're on. We're here to help our AM & FM & HD stations build audience and make money."
"Have you seen SIRIUS XM's stock price?" GRAVELINE added. "It's pennies-on-the-dollar compared to when satellite was new. Back then, 100+ channels was unprecedented variety. Now, those repetitive music channels and poor-quality Talk channels seem quaint, with users now able to program their own music on iPODS, MP3 players and other devices that have come along since satellite radio.
"Admittedly our listeners are tech savvy. But even to the untrained ear, satellite radio's audio fidelity is sub-FM quality. Why pay for that? And why pay for all those satellite channels you don't listen to? Radio should be free, just like we are to the AM and FM stations who support us. I think we should support them."
"We've honored our SIRIUS XM contract for many years, which expires DECEMBER 15. Our not-renewing it is our CHRISTMAS present to radio," added GRAVELINE. "And because research tells us that Consumer Electronics is the #1 holiday gift shopping category, any station that joins us right now will be helping Santa -- and their listeners -- a lot!"