MSNBC going back on Sirius-XM radio

And AM station WWBA 820 does actually offer up Henry Raines on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m.   That's it.

Our NPR affiliate, WUSF 89.7, unfortunately is one of the few public radio stations in the country that has not gone to a solid news and information block.  With the exceptions of Morning Edition and All Things Considered and a few other shows (like Marketplace) it sticks to its old school style of classical music in the daytime, and jazz at night.

Actually, other NPR stations still do have heavy rotations of music, but they're generally in towns that have two affiliates (like New  York, L.A.,  San Francisco).

Not only does XM carry NPR and PRI programming, but also BBC, a variety of sports stations, the above listed cable news stations, every Major League Baseball game and all of the other major sports play by play for every game, and also channels that traffic in specific music genres, such as rap, indie rock, more traditional alternative rock, ambient, country, Broadway, movie soundtracks,  etc.  (XM also has specific channels dedicated to artists like Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen).

So forgive me if I sound like a shill for network, which has spent absurd amount of money over the years trying to build audience ($500 million for Howard Stern, anyone?).

WMNF, WUSF and other radio stations are hoping that HD radio will blast off and gain new listeners.  I've no data to comment on how that's doing, but I do know that over the years some of the best and brightest in the industry have had serious debates about whether or not it will ever really take off.

Sirius XM is welcoming back MSNBC to its airwaves.

The liberal "place for politics"was taken off of XM's satellite radio back in 2006, though Fox News and CNN were still readily available.  Now, the most liberal of our cable news networks will be accessible to subscribers to SiriusXM, which merged back in July of 2008.  MSNBC will air on SIRIUS channel 90 and XM channel 120.

As a fan of all radio, I find satellite to be irresistable, in particular because the Tampa Bay area is such a radio wasteland.

Actually, if you're a fan of conservative radio, I take that back, since the Tampa Bay market is absolutely nirvana for fans of that genre, where you can always find daily hits of Rush, Beck, Hannity, Dennis Prager, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, etc.  If local conservative talk radio is more your style, you've got Jack and Ted over at 970 WFLA, and Schnitt as well.

If you prefer progressive radio, you've got, em, let's see......what do you have here in Tampa? Well, WMNF for four hours a day during the week has solid public affairs programming, with some additional shows on weekend mornings before it goes back to playing music.  

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