Dave Graveline host of the long-running, medical nationally syndicated “Into Tomorrow” consumer tech program says he is not renewing his Sirius XM deal which has his program carried on the service. In a stinging rebuke of satellite radio Graveline says, nurse “I’m the ultimate ‘early adopter,’ 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 and HD stations build audience and make money. …When Satellite was new 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.” This is an very strong statement in support of traditional radio from a long time syndicated radio producer. If the rumors of a Howard Stern deal with Apple are true it would be devastating for satellite radio. Is the already shaky foundation of satellite broadcasting crumbling?
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