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Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Sirius-XM Merger with Canada's Globe and Mail

February 19, 2007

Jeff McCall 2006 Crop.jpgFebruary 19, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Plans of the two satellite radio networks -- Sirius and XM -- to merge in a nearly $4.6-billion merger were announced today, and a story in Toronto's Globe and Mail offers analysis from a DePauw University professor. "I think what's driving [the merger] is they're both struggling financially and they're both missing their targets," Jeffrey M. McCall tells the newspaper. "They could save a ton of money by combining efforts," he adds.

Dr. McCall, a frequently cited expert on media matters, is a professor of communication at DePauw. "Getting Howard Stern ... legitimized satellite radio as a major force," he says. "But it may not have been a good financial move even though it helped the profile of the industry. I just don't think that you can buy enough celebrities for satellite radio to make it pay off." Sirius Logo.gif

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A 1976 graduate of DePauw, Jeff McCall recently wrote an op-ed on the state of satellite radio which was published in the Indianapolis Star. He appeared on Bill O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program January 30, and has been quoted in stories this month in the Miami Herald and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Source: Toronto Globe and Mail