Sirius Satellite Radio – from Elvis to Madonna to Howard Stern and More

Sirius Satellite Radio is the best thing to happen to radio since FM. For under $15 a month you get over 100 different stations with each offering a different style of music, sports, or talk. You like 1980’s music? They have a station that places nothing but 80’s, and another that plays only 80’s style glam/metal (Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Poison…). No matter what you like, it is all here from 80’s to disco to hip hop to Elvis to underground and all genres in between. Plus you get Howard Stern. Everybody knows him, many love him. He is now able to be unleashed and himself now that he is away from the FCC’s iron fist rule. Sirius has it all.

I love the 1980’s. I love the movies (The Goonies is my favorite), I love the memories, and I especially love the music. Unfortunately with regular radio you don’t get too many all-80s stations, and we get none where we live. Today, radio is pathetic; make that today’s music. I cannot stand hip-hop, adult contemporary, teeny bop, or country, but that is all that you can here on most radio stations now. Our country is wallowing in a muck-filled recording industry that only cares about sex and image; there is no room for great music. I can’t take listening to the radio when I drive any longer, even when it is a good station (like Pittsburgh’s 102.5 WDVE) because the commercials are so annoying. The only choice is satellite radio.

With satellite radio, you have two choices – Sirius or XM. They are both similar but with a couple differences. First, Sirius has Howard Stern. I love listening to him. He is not a conformist, he doesn’t live up to the ‘PC wussified’ world that so many others do, and he speaks his mind with honesty and without regret, that is a true man. XM doesn’t have him, only Sirius (and they paid dearly for him – over $500 million reportedly). That is the main reason I love Sirius.

The other reason is that I love 80’s music and Sirius features many of the original MTV VJ’s like the adorable Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood. With them on board, among others, it is just like 1985 all over again. Anytime of the day or night, I can hear all my favorites from U2, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Tears For Fears, The Bangles, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, WHAM! (admit it, you like them too), Survivor, Poison, Def Leppard, and more.

They also play songs from the 80’s that you rarely hear that often any longer, song like Don’t Disturb This Groove – The System and Right On Track – The Breakfast Club. How great are those songs?!! With regular radio, I would have to hope that a good song would be played and then when commercials came, I’d switch stations. With Sirius, there are no commercials. That is one of the biggest selling points. No commercials, ever.

Currently I have unearthed a hidden gem on the Sirius Big 80’s (80’s music) station. Each weekend they play a Top 40 Countdown from the corresponding week in the 80’s. This countdown is aired three times. On Saturdays, it is on at 9 AM and 5 PM, and on Sundays it airs at Noon (all times EST). For instance, last weeks countdown was from 1985. Do you know what was #1 last week (July 24) in 1985? Heaven – Bryan Adams. Has it been 21 years already? The countdown is hosted by Nina Blackwood and the tag line is that it is “the only countdown powered by Doc Brown’s flux capacitor’. If you don’t get the reference, you don’t remember the 80’s.

I strongly urge all fans of 80’s music, or just people sick of today’s Clear Channel run boredom on the airwaves to switch to Sirius. It is fast, simple and painless, much like removing a Band-Aid. And if you, for some reason, you like today’s music, and assuming that you are old enough to drive (which you probably aren’t), you too can find your music favorites on Sirius. That way you can never be more than 5 minutes away from hearing another bling-infested, similar sounding, no originality having, 1980’s rip off song coming from some millionaire who claims to have street-cred. Bill Gates has more street-cred.

Anyway, just go down to your local Sirius dealer, they are everywhere, and ask them for more information about packages, channels, units for the car (under $100), and ask for a demo. They will be more than happy to assist you. You will be more than happy once you buy it. I cannot listen to regular radio any longer. It’s either Sirius, cds or nothing. You can’t go back once you know how great it can be.

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