satellite radio in a restaurant

Damon Cassell
Tue Oct 12 11:05:33 EDT 2004

The Trader Joe's supermarket chain plays an XM channel in my local
store (Swampscott). I    believe most of their other stores do so as


On Tue, 12 Oct 2004 10:08:04 -0400 (EDT), Bob Nelson
<> wrote:
> While in Connecticut yesterday I heard Sirius 31, a country station from that satellite provider, being played at a BBQ restaurant. It sounded like a typical country station, only no commercials. The DJ
> did talk up the fact that Stern is now on Sirius, and he also mentioned the upcoming presidential debate could be found on
> Sirius channels like NPR, Fox News, and Air America.
> I don't have satellite radio but this is the first time I've heard it and it's interesting that it's being used as background music
> for a restaurant ( opposed to a local country station--
> desired because there are no ads?) I assume they pay royalties
> (as part of a fee) to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC (country song
> licenser).
> Years ago when I worked at Building 19 they used to pipe WCGY
> over the sound system. They too probably had to  pay royalties.
> But here we have a restaurant opting to play satellite radio
> over a broadcast signal.
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