Recently Tom Goldie wrote:
to be more pupular than some of their >current offerings.
> I keep hoping they'll add an "acappella" channel. It would have
and Recently Tim Buell wrote:
that someone will fund and.or run
> I am sure that they would be more than willing to put on any channel
I have had an interest in XM and Sirius from a broadcaster's standpoint for
several years. 2 1/2 years ago, I wrote to the folks at XM radio
suggesting that they develop an "All-Vocal Harmony" channel and gave them some
statistics regarding the number of people that call themselves members of the
a cappella communities. Information on the history of The "APPLAUSE" Show
was also included with the letter. I actually offered to help set up the
channel and be their Program Director.
About 3 weeks after the letter was sent, I received a call in the early
evening hours from none other than Lee Abrams, the Chief Executive Officer at XM
radio. He thanked me for the letter, and told me they were experimenting
with a 1/2 hour show on Sunday nights (Harmony Square), produced by a
barbershopper in the Alexandria Harmonizer organization. Lee told me
that he was very familiar with The "APPLAUSE" Show and my work, and had actually
listened to our broadcasts. He said they would continue the half hour
show...if it was successful they would go to and hour (Harmony Square IS now an
hour), and if the popularity continued, they would consider expanding the shows
and/or adding/replacing a formatted all vocal channel. He indicated that
the number of channels available were already assigned so there were no "vacant"
He asked me to stay in touch, which I have tried to do. As Tim
mentioned, however, the ENTIRE issue with "paid" radio is whether the channel
and/or music can translate into listeners who, through their "selecting" that
channel gives XM or Sirius the actual numbers of people and average time
listened statistics. I imagine we would get some attention if 10,000 of
the 70,000 people who claim to be members of the a cappella communities would go
out and purchase an XM receiver and a one year's subscription, and THEN write to
the execs at XM and say we want and All Vocal Channel.....WOW, wouldn't
that be a marketing success.
I guess we all can dream.....BUT... never give up the dream. I
promise you I won't stop carrying the torch for barbershop harmony and
contemporary a cappella music on the radio airwaves.
Rich Taylor, President THN...The Harmony Network
Host of The "APPLAUSE" Show
Thursday 7:00 - 11:00 PM