Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pete Dominick Creates New Channel on Sirius/XM and It Will Be Good...

"My whole life people have been telling me what "can't be done." I never listened."

Pete Dominick - 1/6/2015 on the announcement of a new channel on Sirius/XM radio. The channel, to be known as, Insight (channel #121) debuts on January 12th featuring Dominick and other popular voices including comedians John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, among others. 

Dominick says, ""Comedians are able to get a point across and talk about issues that might be boring and make them more interesting," Dominick said. The radio shows "will be honest and really unpredictable, and I don't think 'unpredictable' is a word that Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross get to use."

With perspectives from both liberal and conservative voices and programs running the gamut from Dominck's current show, "Stand Up With Pete Dominick", to a new offering from Margaret Hoover which will come from a conservative point of view. 

The channel mostly replaces the current Sirius/XM public radio. Some programs from the old channel will be carried over to Insight, channel #121.  

I've listened to Pete Dominick for several years on satellite starting with his earlier days on Sirius' political channel, POTUS #124, where I found his show to consistently be intelligent, thought-provoking and informative. Traditionally, talk show hosts, who need to generate good ratings to stay on the air, take a highly polarized position on various issues to "fire up" their audiences. Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh come to mind. Those three "experts" drone on for hours telling you what they think on various issues and usually the only guests you'll ever hear on their programs are guests who either think lockstep with them or alternate voices they bring on to basically make fun of and ridicule. There is no serious debate. There is no fair minded consideration of alternate opinions or positions. What good is that for us, the audience who's trying to understand various issues? Answer...it's not. Not at all...

Sirius/XM radio doesn't depend on ratings, so Dominick and his group of fellow hosts don't have the pressure to shock people into listening. Rather, the company measures success by subscriptions sold and by most accounts, Sirius/XM seems to be doing pretty well.

Since Dominick doesn't need to shock or enrage his listeners into tuning in, he utilizes an impressive and very diverse group of true "experts" to converse with. If he's discussing health policy, he'll bring on a person who does that for a living. If he's discussing the issue of torture and its alleged efficacy, you'll likely hear someone who has actually interrogated subjects. So, the listener gets to benefit from the knowledge and experience of experts, not some self-serving, ego driven talk show host.

If you're already a listener of Stand Up with Pete Dominick, you have a pretty good idea of what's coming. If you like politics, current events, etc. but haven't found a program or a station that feels right, I strongly urge you to dedicate a preset on your radio dial to this new offering. You may find it refreshing.

As I've said many times before, often in reference to the POTUS channel referenced above, it is radio worth paying for.

For more details, see the ABC News story right here....

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/siriusxm-channel-mix-comedy-news-28022927

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