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XM/Sirius Merger Gets FCC Chairman's Approval

June 16, 2008 11:20 AM ET

The proposed merger of satellite radio giants XM and Sirius inched toward approval as the FCC chairman said he would likely allow the $5 billion deal in exchange for several concessions. FFC chair Kevin Martin has requested the companies turn over 24 channels to noncommercial and minority programming. Martin also requested that the two companies have a three-year price freeze for customers, which would affect the duo's plans for the "a la carte" (or pay-per-channel) subscription the companies expected to roll out three months after the merger. The FCC's recommendation for approval sets up a final vote to see whether the merger will finally go through after more than a year of scrutiny.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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