Common Ground For Satellite Radio Investors (and Listeners)

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This is a good article and it is one for those disgruntled listeners (you know who you are):

Courtesy of SiriusBuzz.com

With the economy down as much as it is, the equity markets taking a beating, and people looking at their 401K’s and wondering where everything went, it is easy to forget those that may need the most help. Let’s not allow that to happen. Bad economic conditions often translate to people putting off charitable giving, as they worry about their own wallets and seemingly can not afford to put dollars anywhere else. I, Tyler Savery, ask that you fore go one dinner out, and consider doing something special.

Sirius XM Radio has been hit very hard this year. The merger process took forever, and the economic crisis came right on the heels of approval, meaning that the company had fewer opportunities available to finance debt that is coming due. This has investors gasping for anything that they can consider as hope. This also has caused huge division of opinion on what exactly the company should be doing.

I would hope in these trying times that a bit of common ground could be found. Perhaps it can in an issue that steps away from satellite radio, yet still bears a connection because of Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin.

Many people have seen the blue puzzle piece that Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin wears on his lapel. That puzzle piece is the symbol for Autism Speaks, an organization committed to funding research into autism, helping families who have to deal with the condition, and working to find a cure and/or treatment. Mel Karmazin is a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors, and has a grandchild with Autism.

Regardless of your stance on Mel Karmazin’s performance at Sirius XM Radio, I think sector followers can all appreciate the kind heart Mr. Karmazin has had with regard to the issues surrounding Autism, and in this small way can demonstrate a bit of unity, while at the same time helping a very good cause. Karmazin has done a lot to further the autism awareness issue. People rarely hear about it, but a Google search will show the commitment he has to this issue. Bear in mind that what you find on Google is only a small portion of what this man means to Autism Speaks.

That lapel pin worn by Mel Karmazin is For less than the cost of one months subscription, you can make a difference in the world of Autism. Stamped on the back of the pin is the Autism Speaks slogan, “Autism Speaks. It’s Time to Listen.†Why not join the cause, increase awareness of autism, and show that SiriusBuzz readers, and the satellite radio crowd means more than the price of the stock, a favorite radio program, or a financing deal in the midst of a poor credit market.

While I would never tell someone where to donate their money, I would like to request that regular readers take it upon themselves to learn more about autism and order a Blue Puzzle Piece Pin. If you do participate, please send a photograph of you wearing the pin, as well as your name and address and a brief message to tyler@siriusbuzz.com. I would like to honor those that have supported the effort with a forum page showing the photos and comments of all of you on January 31st, 2009. In addition, I will send a personalized thank you from SiriusBuzz for showing your support (printing and postage on me). You enjoy SiriusBuzz for free each day, SiriusBuzz Radio for free each week, and you enjoy satellite radio for a nominal subscription fee each month, please consider a small $10 donation to a special cause just once this year.
Common Ground For Satellite Radio Investors - SiriusBuzz
 
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VinnyM27

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Take this message down and ban me if you like, but this call to kiss Mel's ass is a bit much!

Let me just say that my brother who passed away recently was autistic and I believe I have heard good things about Autism Speaks (as opposed to some other Autistic organizations).

That being said, this is THE most disgusting piece of pro-Mel propaganda. To keep this up is one thing, but to somehow kick me and others off for saying that would definately supporting another cause that Mel believes in: Censorship!

I've never once used by brother's disease as some kind of crutch for attention or getting out of trouble and that is exactly what this is. If you truly care about Autistic children or adults, why not do what my family did and donate time and money to classrooms or groups of people in the community of Austic people...not to MEL.

If this were some other cause, I would just say "propaganda" (or maybe think it because I'm in trouble for not towing the party line). But this really sickens me. Disgusting!
 

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Thank you for the negative reputation, Vinny. I had no idea my "propaganda" (as you put it) offended you so much.

If you don't like it, cancel your subscription. No one is going to beg for your continued patronage, so suck it up or piss off.
 

VinnyM27

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Hold a second...Propaganda...yeah, it's spelled right. And no, thank you!

And if you don't like people questioning the great Mel and Sirius, than find a CEO that isn't an asshole to adore!
 

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It's just a good thing you can no longer give me reputation. I'll repeat it again... If you don't like it, CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION.
 
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semipenguin

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Sorry to hear about your brother, Vinny. God bless you and your family for your lose...:(

This really isn't something to get worked up about right now. Take some time off from satellite radio and get your hear clear, then come back and let's talk...:)
 
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VinnyM27

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Sorry to hear about your brother, Vinny. God bless you and your family for your lose...:(

This really isn't something to get worked up about right now. Take some time off from satellite radio and get your hear clear, then come back and let's talk...:)
Thanks. It's been kind of a crazy year and it's only going to get more hetic. Despite what some think, Satrad is not the bane of my exsistance and frankly, some people take my criticism a bit too personally and don't realize I'm really not. Yes, if I was that pissed, I could cancel. But that little piece of Mel promotion combined with something I feel strongly about for other reasons really did piss me off.

Support Autism research along with helping those with that have Autism to lead better lives....Not some orange CEO that is driving a great company into the ground!
 
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I for one applaud Mel for his attention to this great cause. I was not even aware that Mel was involved in this. Thanks h3xagram for posting this info.

Some folks can't see anything that Mel does beyond Sirius XM and so for them he is only doing this to make himself look good, he certainly couldn't have a heart and/or honestly care about autism. :rolleyes:

I was also surprised how many CEO from large companies give the Alzheimer's Research Foundation. Having had several family members with this, including my mother it is a horrible disease. It is a good thing when these guys get behind stuff like this.

You got rep points from me and I don't give them out lightly!
 
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