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Satellite radio with commercials?

October 19, 2004

Cairo - Satellite radio companies like XM and Sirius are seeking the FCC's permission to operate like a local ground station. That bothers WGRA radio station owner Jeff Lovett, who says satellite stations won't be regulated the same as broadcast stations. He wants members of congress to support a bill which will help preserve local stations.

Lovett says, "We shouldn't have to compete with a national radio service that's trying to provide local programming and now what satellite radio is wanting to do is their wanting to basically insert local programming into some of there local services."

In addition to satellite radio inserting local programming, they would also be able to sell local commercials. House Bill 4026 would protect local stations.

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