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2:16pm on Thursday the 20th of June
BECAUSE I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TELL STUPID JOKES WITHOUT LOSING MY JOB, THAT'S WHY*
Unhappy with XM Radio's decision to suspend Opie and Anthony, fans are canceling subscriptions by the hundreds, smashing satellite radio receivers and posting tons of angry comments. There are also reports of companies pulling ads.

XM's actions in this episode may have more to do with avoiding the outrage of Congress and the F.C.C., which must approve its proposal to merge with Sirius, a rival. The union would offer listeners more choice and investors more returns, the two companies hope.
Did you know the New York Times had a blog? digg this
Be sure to check out the comments to that post at the NYT's blog The Lede, particularly the ones from "JMB." I hope he/she/it cancels XM immediately so he/she/it can afford even more lemons to suck on.

The Los Angeles Times is also saying hundreds of subscribers have cancelled, but on the various O&A message boards people are saying that when they've called in to cancel, sympathetic XM call-center operators have said it's actually in the thousands, possibly tens of thousands. I'm not sure who to believe, but at any rate it's the subscribers who are paying a monthly fee to listen to what's on XM. If they're no longer hearing what they've paid for, what XM has been advertising, they might just go bye-bye. That's the way it goes.

*And because the NYT and LAT are reporting on it. That, I'm told, is when it officially becomes news. Oh, and because of what Salvator M. says in the comments here:

While this debate about O&A rages, XM 150 - an uncensored comedy channel - runs 24/7 with humor that all of these protestor types are sure to be offended by if any one joke is taken out of context. There is also an uncensored rap "music" channel that broadcasts lyrics that make Imus sound like a choirboy. XM could be ruined by a few more well targeted protests.

Excellent point (although I wouldn't have used the sneer quotes). There's also another comedy channel that's uncensored, as well as several metal channels and a punk channel. If XM is going to cave this time, what's to stop the next special-interest group or other pack of schoolmarmish busybodies from going after the other adult-language channels? Or any of the other channels, for that matter? You blinked, XM.

P.S. Louis CK speaks.

P.P.S. Some XM subscribers who've cancelled in protest have reported that their accounts are still active. Considering the volume of cancellations since Tuesday, it might just be a glitch and not an attempt to minimize the damage on a spreadsheet somewhere. But in either case, it might not be a bad idea to double-check.

P.P.P.S. "The numbers are really bad."
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