Howard Stern took Sirius XM from a small company of less than a million subscribers to a juggernaut in the radio industry with 4.7 million subscribers as I write this.
One of Stern’s selling points has always been that, “Sirius XM is much more listenable and just a better product than boring, old, terrestrial radio.” Well, I have a comment on that “boring, old, terrestrial radio” statement…
For the fun of it, I flipped over from my Sirius XM to NJ 101.5 about a month ago. It was great! I got to listen to the Jersey Guys for a few minutes and then it went to commercial. I RARELY hear a commercial on Sirius. When Howard 100 hits commercial, I just flip over to New Country and listen to music or over to one of the news stations or anything, really. Anyway, NJ 101.5 flipped to commercial, so I flipped to G-Rock Radio 106.3. Unfortunately, there were commercials there, too.
Not to be led astray, I put the dial over to what used to be K-Rock at 92.3…yeah, commercials. At this point I flipped back over to Sirius, but then again – I was only in the car for a few more minutes anyway.
Fast forward to when I get back into the car, I admit that I had a hankering for the Jersey Guys so I flipped back to NJ 101.5 and lo and and behold, there was one of the Jersey Guys giving the radio weather report. They do that on that station – it’s a nice service to the listeners. Then, back to commercials.
At that point, I flipped back over to Sirius XM just in time to hear Howard Stern in the middle of rant against, “boring, old, terrestrial radio.” And you know what? Howard was right. Once you get used to satellite radio, hearing the old terrestrial radio just isn’t quite the same.