Prognostications being prognostications, a wave of thought eloquently debated on this website makes me think about what might happen if Sirius XM goes off the air. Will it just "stop"? Will Mr. Karmazin pull yet another hat trick and introduce an investor conglomerate to inject new $$$ and save our satellites? Or will our radios join 8-track tapes, cassettes and 78 RPM records in the hallowed halls of gadgets whose time has lapsed? It's a scenario I would rather not contemplate. I spend much time on the road and enjoy my favorite channels immensely. Like DAB, I, too, invested in a Slacker unit and their Premium Service. A "geezer" like me is comforted by the virtually automatic updating Slacker offers. I recently flew from Philadelphia to Seattle and was pleased as the unit captured new songs played on my favorite channels via the wireless network in my hotel. Unlike some who write here (and I respect their preferences and opinions), I enjoy the DJs on the various Sirius XM channels. It was what I was raised with and I relate to it as I smile at some of the marvelous wit the announcers put out over the airwaves. Slacker, IPod and other such alternatives do not offer DJs to the extent Sirius XM does. Sixties-on-6 Terry Young's recreation of the former AM radio powerhouse stations that led yesterday's youth to the local sock hop are well-produced and realistic. It was "our sound" just as today's belongs to America's youth and tomorrow's will be property of their offspring. How many of us bayed at the moon and made our first "score" (female conquest for my generation) listening to Wolfman Jack, Cousin Brucie and their contemporaries! It is not the thought of losing a few hundreds of dollars I invested in hardware that troubles me. It is losing yet another medium to which my and other generations can feel a sense of belonging to. And it is the blazing reality that the economic shockwave collateral to one of our nation's major ills is now trickling down to such a simple and innocent basic source of entertainment as satellite radio. Let's hope the beat goes on.