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Powerhouse Radio Newsletter
The Satellite Radio Revolution
August 16, 2002

This issue includes...

1) The Satellite Radio Revolution
2) Powerhouse Radio's Global Community
3) Concert Dates: Quick Takes
4) Music News: Did Janet Jackson Rip Off a Hit Tune?
5) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Lyric Power
6) What Decade Produced the Best Music?
7) Tell Us What You Think

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1) The Satellite Radio Revolution

Back in 1996, the Federal Communications Commission awarded licenses to two USA companies allowing them to operate on an unused portion of frequencies reserved for the military.

The two companies, XM and Sirius, are now offering their programming via subscription fees. These services are automobile based, that is, you must have a special car radio capable of receiving, AM, FM, and satellite band. XM is charging $9.95 per month, and Sirius $12.95 per month.

A radio from one service will not receive the channels of the other service. (That's the American way!) At some point in the future, one satellite radio will be able to receive either Sirius or XM.

I have listened to both services, and they are both quite good. Each company offers about 100 channels. On each service, about 60 channels are music, and the rest are talk, sports, comedy, and other spoken word.

The music on Sirius is 100% commercial free. XM does air about 4 minutes of commercials per hour, but they do have a few commercial free channels.

Among the XM channels I have listened to, 'Soul Street' is a fairly good classic R&B channel.

What's the benefit of satellite radio? Unlike regular radio, you can keep the same signal traveling coast-to-coast and never lose the station. Some claim the music quality is CD quality, and that it is better than FM. The music does sound good, but I'm not sure it is better than FM.

Right now, you have to go to a consumer electronics store like Best Buy or Circuit City to purchase a satellite radio. Many of the new 2003 General Motors cars will offer XM. Ford and Daimler Chrysler have affiliated with Sirius. Many of the Japanese and European makers have deals with both XM and Sirius.

XM started broadcasting two weeks after the September 11th attack, in 2001. Sirius just launched their service in July, 2002.

It's great that the USA is catching up to Europe, Asia, and Africa. They've had a satellite radio service called WorldSpace for several years. Unlike XM and Sirius, WorldSpace radios are portable and are designed for home use.

Until you can get online radio in your car, satellite radio may be the next best thing.

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2) Powerhouse Radio's Global Community

Did you know that Powerhouse Radio has listeners in over 60 different countries? These are not just website visitors, these are actual listeners, like you, who have fired up our audio stream.

Here are the top ten countries in terms of total listening hours to Powerhouse Radio during the month of July, 2002:

1) United States
2) United Kingdom
3) Japan
4) Canada
5) France
6) Austria
7) Germany
8) Australia
9) South Africa
10)Republic of Korea

Here are the top USA locations listening to Powerhouse Radio during July, 2002 (based on total listening hours):

1) Washington, DC
2) Atlanta, GA
3) Dallas - Forth Worth, TX
4) New York, NY
5) Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN
6) Los Angeles, CA
7) Denver, CO
8) Austin, TX
9) San Francisco - Oakland, CA
10) Raleigh - Durham, NC

3) Concert Dates: Quick Takes:

Teena Marie
Friday, August 16, 2002
Robin Hood Dell East, Philadelphia, PA

James Brown
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Unity Day Concert
Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia

Natalie Cole
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Nautica Pavilion, Cleveland, OH

Sunday, August 25, 2002
Antelope Valley Alfalfa Festival
Lancaster, CA

Aretha Franklin
Friday, August 30, 2002
H Town Arena Theatre, Houston, TX

Alicia Keys
Friday, August 30, 2002
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Virginia Beach, VA

George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars
Thursday, September 5, 2002
Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Friday, September 6, 2002
Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts
Saratoga, CA

Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert,
Angie Stone, & Michelle Williams
of Destiny's Child
Saturday, September 7, 2002
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Isley Brothers
Saturday, September 14, 2002
Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA

Smokey Robinson
Friday, September 20, 2002
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
San Diego, CA

Issac Hayes
Saturday, September 21, 2002
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY


Boyz II Men
Saturday, September 28, 2002
The Pageant, Saint Louis, MO

Teddy Pendergrass
Monday, September 30, 2002
Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA

4) Music News: Did Janet Jackson Rip Off "All For You"?

Songwriter Michael Ortega has set up a special website to tell the world that Janet Jackson's hit, "All For You," is based on a song he submitted to Jackson's songwriters. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are listed as the songwriters.

Is this guy, (Ortega), just another opportunity seeker trying to grab some fame and fortune off of another famous Jackson family member?

Ortega alleges that he wrote the song for his girl friend way back in 1987. He adds that his publishers played the song for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Based upon their interest, Ortega sent Jam and Lewis a tape, but he claims he never heard from them again.

You'll have to judge for yourself on this one. I went to this guy's website and listened to his 1987 "All For You" mp3. Put on your juror hat, your headphones, and check it out:


Ortega also adds one interesting note to his web page... "I admire Janet Jackson and idolize Jam and Lewis. Who doesn't? They are awesome!"

OK! Hmmmmm.

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5) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Lyric Power

Courtesy of The Archive of Misheard Lyrics at

Song: Beat It
Artist: Michael Jackson

The real lyrics:

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it!
No one wants to be defeated.
Showin' how funky strong is your fighter,
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right.

Misheard by Bassman as:
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it!
No one wants to beat it, beat it!
Show me some fashion. Show me some fight.
It doesn't matter who's on the right.

6) What Decade Produced the Best Music?

Some very interesting results are shaping up for our music decade competition. You may want to vote again (only one vote allowed per day) so your favorite '10 year time frame' looks good in the ballot.

The question is, what decade produced the best music? Here are the percentage of votes for each category...results as of August 15th:

60's or Earlier: 20.39%
70's: 29.61%
80's: 24.02%
90's: 11.45%
2000's: 11.53%
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My favorite decade of music

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November - The Legacy of Jam Master Jay
October - Welcome to Our New Listeners and Subscribers
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June - Why Aretha Franklin is the number one diva

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