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Sirius XM (SIRI) threatened with boycott over black cuts

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Feb. 18, 2013, 8 a.m. - Nathaniel Green, an avid listener, posted the following note to officials at Sirius XM (SIRI) regarding the recent changes at the satcaster, which last week eliminated black programming and changed the name of its talk channel from "The Power" to the "Urban View." (The changes impact this reporter's show).

Green's threat to boycott also comes as Alton H. Maddox, a well known advocate for the black community, has accused officials at Sirius XM (SIRI) of operating a "criminal enterprise" and has demanded meetings.

Here is Green's letter:

JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW THAT I WILL NOT BE RENEWING MY SUBSCRIPTION TO SIRIUS XM RADIO (SIRI) FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON: YOU GUYS ARE TRYING TO SHUTDOWN BLACK TALK RADIO.

FIRST GW ON THE HILL NOW YOU REPLACE ROB REDDING'S REDDING NEWS REVIEW WITH A COOKING SHOW? THEN YOU CHANGE FROM "THE POWER" TO SOMETHING CALLED THE "URBAN VIEW".

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY YOU AT SIRIUS ARE SO AFRAID OF BLACK EMPOWERMENT?

YOUR STAFF ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

I'M TELLING YOU WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED ORGANIZING OUR FRIENDS TO CANCEL THEIR SIRIUS XM RADIO BECAUSE OF THIS.

WE WILL NOT STAND BY WHILE YOU SILENCE ALL OF THE BLACK POLITICAL TALK RADIO THAT MATTERS. I GUESS YOU WILL BE GETTING RID OF JOE MADISON NEXT.

WE THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL VOTE WITH OUR DOLLARS. THE REASON I HAVE XM RADIO WAS SO I COULD HEAR THE POWER. IF THERE IS NO POWER, THEN THERE IS NO NEED FOR SIRIUS XM RADIO.

I'M CALLING ON ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS TO STAND WITH US TO BOYCOTT SIRIUS XM UNTIL THEY BRING BACK THE POWER

1. ROB REDDING'S REDDING NEWS REVIEW

2. GW ON THE HILL

(BY THE WAY BOTH OF THESE SHOWS REALLY SHOULD HAVE MORE TIME ANYWAY).

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT MANY OF US IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY ARE VERY UPSET OVER THIS CHANGE.

THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE MADE THIS DECISION TO REMOVE THE POWER FROM YOUR PROGRAMMING SHOWS YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR YOUR BLACK CUSTOMERS OR THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

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WE ARE TALKING AND WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. IF YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR BLACK CUSTOMERS MAYBE YOU WILL CARE ABOUT THE MONEY YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOOSE IN SUBSCRIPTIONS. WE WILL ALSO BOYCOTT ALL OF YOUR ADVERTISERS AND PLAN TO CONTACT THEM TO LET THEN KNOW OUR INTENTIONS.

IF ROB REDDING AND GW ON THE HILL ARE NOT BACK IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS WE WILL LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN THROUGH ALL THE BLACK CHURCHES AND ASSOCIATIONS AND ANY BLACK ORGANIZATION TO REQUEST THAT ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS CANCEL THERE XM RADIO SUBSCRIPTION. THIS WILL BE A JOINT EFFORT AMONG ALL BLACK CITIZENS, AND ORGANIZATIONS.

WE WILL ALSO POST THIS ON TWITTER AND YOUTUBE ON A VIDEO. WE ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE SHORT SHORTSIGHTEDNESS OF SIRIUS XM RADIO.

TO DISRESPECT THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN THIS WAY IS OUTRAGEOUS.

WE WILL PLACE FLYERS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES ADVISING ALL BLACK AMERICANS OF THIS BOYCOTT. YOU HAVE 7 DAYS TO RESPOND.

IF WE SEE NO RESPONSE OR CHANGE IN THE PROGRAMMING AND THE POWER IS NOT RETURNED WE WILL HAVE OUR ANSWER AND MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR PLANS.

RESPECTFULLY

YOUR ABOUT TO BE FORMER CUSTOMERS



 


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