Updated, February 1, 2006: Sirius Canada has indicated that they will carry Howard Stern starting February 6. See the item here.
I'm going to leave the rest of this post as is.
While I'm still in favour of satellite radio coming to Canada, I will not be subscribing. The only reason I wanted to was because I thought Howard Stern would be available in Canada [GlobeTechnology, Viewing the future].
Howard Stern is not part of the Sirius Canada initial channel line-up at this time. He is not scheduled to begin broadcasting with Sirius in the U.S. until January, 2006. In the normal course of business, Sirius Canada will continuously review the channel line-up to ensure they are providing the best programming available on radio anywhere in Canada. Sirius Canada brings to listeners today an unrivaled radio experience: the broadest selection of commercial free music, sports, talk and entertainment.Now, the popular theory is that the CRTC is blocking the move by Sirius Canada to put Howard on the lineup. In looking at the only transcript, they just talk about what would happen if CBC pulled out of the deal with Sirius should they get complaints about Howard. That would mean that the Sirius Canada license would be solely owned by an American company.
Two words: who cares?
Here's my thing. It's a for pay service. Somebody just can't stumble upon Howard if they don't want to. Somebody has to (a) buy an expensive radio receiver, (b) subscribe to a service that says "this carries Howard Stern", (c) pay $14/month for it, and (c) flip through a kabillion stations and then "stumble" upon Howard to be offended because he swears or, heaven forbid, talks about doody or a female body part. Is it vulgar? Yes. Is it crude? Yes.
I'm not listening because I'm looking to be enlightened. I'm looking to be entertained - it's entertaining to hear fart noises. I'm puerile that way. Plus, I have two fully functioning arms such that when something I hear on the radio or the TV offends me, I switch it off. I don't need an agency to tell me when I should be offended.
I mean, nobody stumbles upon Showcase on Friday nights at 12:30 pm and expects to see Mr. Dressup. Come on you morons. If the CBC gets complaints because somebody "accidentally" tripped over Howard Stern while surfing Sirius, they deserve to be branded a moron.
If they carry Howard, I will subscribe.
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