Satellite Radio & Shock Jocks: Shock Jocks: Howard Stern – Bad Boy of the Airwaves

Written by Reno Charlton

The term “Shock Jock” has become well known sincerepparttar 1980s. These bad boys ofrepparttar 133392 airwaves have happily stomped on and disregardedrepparttar 133393 FCC regulations torepparttar 133394 delight - and at times, disgust of their audiences. The rule of thumb inrepparttar 133395 “Shock Jock” entertainment form is,repparttar 133396 more disturbing, shocking, and politically incorrectrepparttar 133397 show -repparttar 133398 better.

Howard Stern, one ofrepparttar 133399 highest paid radio personalities in broadcast history isrepparttar 133400 one who is responsible forrepparttar 133401 phrase “Shock Jock” Howard Stern has proclaimed himself “King ofrepparttar 133402 Media” With his great success he pioneered what is known as “Shock Jock” radio programs. It is commonly believed that Howard Stern’s exploitation of women, sex and his discrimination of certain ethnic groups is one ofrepparttar 133403 main ingredients for his success. Howard Stern isrepparttar 133404 most fined personality in radio and actually encouragesrepparttar 133405 fines and touts these FCC fines as if they were medals of Honor. The Howard Stern radio show wasrepparttar 133406 beginning of a revolution in radio.

The Ingredients of Shock Jock Success

What is it about this type of radio program that brings so much success to these bad boys ofrepparttar 133407 airwaves? The total shock value of their programs is one ofrepparttar 133408 main ingredients to their success. For example, on one of Howard Stern’s radio shows, he convinced a female caller to have phone sex with him onrepparttar 133409 air. He made deep buzzing noises into his microphone, and had her sit on a speaker withrepparttar 133410 volume turned up until she reached an on-the-air orgasm. Another notorios example occurred on DC101 Radio in Washington D.C. in which Stern called Air Florida Airlines and asked whatrepparttar 133411 fare was for a one-way ticket from National Airport torepparttar 133412 14th Street Bridge. He was making light ofrepparttar 133413 crash of an Air Florida flight into Washington D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge one day earlier, on January 13, 1982. That June 29, Stern was fired from DC-101 radio after being suspended for criticizing his station management and two other radio stations.

The number of commercials aired during his radio show has greatly increased fromrepparttar 133414 1980s torepparttar 133415 present. Though Howard Stern has brought much critisism to this form of entertainment, he still seems to be able to draw hords of listeners. Despiterepparttar 133416 provocative content of Stern's show—or perhaps because of it—many listeners and critics consider Stern to be a talented on-air personality and formidable interviewer.

The FCC andrepparttar 133417 Broadcast Industry Cracksdown

Howard Stern’s fame has brought out a number of imitation "shock jocks" who try to top Stern in terms of offensiveness and rudeness, but these imitators have found themselves with more troubles to worry about than listener ratings. In 2002 fellow Infinity Broadcasting Corporation jocks Opie and Anthony had their nationally syndicated WNEW-FM "extreme talk" show cancelled after they managed to get a couple to engage in sexual intercourse at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, then airing a running commentary ofrepparttar 133418 act on their show.

Though Stern’s show is generally considered not to be as offensive as Opie and Anthony, on February 25, 2004, Clear Channel Communications "indefinitely suspended" him from six markets because of alleged indecency. The broadcasted show that brough so much retribution, featured Rick Salomon, whose sole claim to fame isrepparttar 133419 release of video showing him having sex with Paris Hilton.

During this show Stern held a sexually-oriented interview with Soloman, asking him graphic questions about anal sex. This came only a day after Clear Channel fired Bubbarepparttar 133420 Love Sponge for nearlyrepparttar 133421 same reason.

This is considered to be part of a crackdown triggered byrepparttar 133422 Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy. Because Clear Channel and some of its executives have donated over $200,000 torepparttar 133423 Republican Party, Stern claimsrepparttar 133424 company was trying to penalize him for his ruthless criticisms of President George W. Bush. He endorsed John Kerry inrepparttar 133425 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, and encouraged listeners to vote for him.

On April 8, 2004, Clear Channel Communications announced it would "permanently terminate" its relationship withrepparttar 133426 shock jock after being fined $500,000 byrepparttar 133427 FCC. However, on July 19, Stern returned to four ofrepparttar 133428 six markets Clear Channel taken him off of, and added five new ones to his list — this time on Infinity-owned stations. In August, he returned to a fifth market, Miami, on an independent station. His return was greeted with controversy asrepparttar 133429 Miami Dolphins threatened to terminate their broadcast deal withrepparttar 133430 station if they did not fire him.

Satellite Radio Showdown: Sirius vs XM Radio

Written by Reno Charlton

The advancement of technology has seenrepparttar introduction of many new and exciting gadgets and services overrepparttar 133391 years: video recorders have been replaced by DVDs; record players with CD players and MP3s; and terrestrial television channels have been expanded to include hundreds of satellite channels to suit all tastes and ages. And now consumers can enjoyrepparttar 133392 benefits of satellite radio as well. No longer do we have to put up with a limited choice of channels, distorted sound quality, and continual interruptions in service and quality. Satellite radio offers incredible choice, excellent quality, and an uninterrupted service that you can enjoy in your home or in your car.

How does satellite radio work?

When you subscribe to satellite radio you will get an extra band on your home or car radio, for which you will be charged a monthly fee. A special antenna receivesrepparttar 133393 signals fromrepparttar 133394 satellites, much inrepparttar 133395 same way as a satellite dish receives signals for satellite television viewing. You will then enjoy access to a range of channels, giving you incredible choice over what you listen to whether you are inrepparttar 133396 home or travelling in your car.

What arerepparttar 133397 benefits of satellite radio?

There are a number of benefits to subscribing to satellite radio. You can enjoy far more choice for a start, with a range of channels to select from including commercial-free channels. You can enjoy much better reception whilst driving, and you won’t have to put up with poor quality and static as with AM/FM radio. And you can enjoy these benefits at a low monthly fee, enabling you to enjoy a revolutionized radio experience without breakingrepparttar 133398 bank.

Satellite radio providers: Sirius VS XM

The competition has already started inrepparttar 133399 world of satellite radio, andrepparttar 133400 two main players inrepparttar 133401 field atrepparttar 133402 moment are Sirius and XM. Both of these providers work inrepparttar 133403 same way, offering over one hundred satellite radio stations for one monthly subscription fee. Both offerrepparttar 133404 necessary equipment to enable listeners to enjoy a unique, high quality digital radio experience, and both offer affordable packages.

XM has been around for longer than Sirius, and started broadcasting in September 2001. With over two million subscribers and rising, XM enjoys backing from big names such as General Motors and Honda. Located in Washington DC,repparttar 133405 XM network boasts two geosynchronous satellites along with repeaters in major metro areas.

Sirius is a relatively new player when it comes to satellite radio. Sirius started broadcasting in July 2002, and currently has a customer base of under one million. Located atrepparttar 133406 Rockefeller Center in New York, Sirius has three elliptical-orbit satellites, and does not have a many repeaters as XM radio. Other than this you can enjoyrepparttar 133407 same digital quality and excellent choice with Sirius as you can with XM.

How do you choose between Sirius and XM satellite radio?

The services, packages, and quality of satellite radio from Sirius and XM is very similar, so it can be difficult to choose. The best way to decide on which service will best suit your needs is to look atrepparttar 133408 various satellite radio ratings and make satellite radio comparisons.

Both Sirius and XM will enable you to enjoy high quality digital radio, with a wide choice, some commercial-free channels, parental blocks where necessary, talk radio, news channels, and accessibility withinrepparttar 133409 continental United States. You will find some slight differences in programming, so you may want to take this into consideration, and also read up on a satellite radio review or two before you make your decision.

If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, many now come with satellite radio already installed, so you won’t have to makerepparttar 133410 choice as either Sirius or XM will already be available. It is those with older vehicles or those that want to enjoy satellite radio withinrepparttar 133411 home that need to decide between XM or Sirius radio.

Satellite radio comparisons

The difference betweenrepparttar 133412 two satellite radio providers is minimal, so you could have your work cut out when trying to decide which provider you want to go with. Here are a few ofrepparttar 133413 aspects you can look at:

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