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Weekly AUDIO NEWS for March 6, 2002

Home Entertainment 2002 Show Scheduled for May/June - For the second year in a row the Home Theater and Specialty Audio Show sponsored by Stereophile magazine and the three EMAP home theater publications takes place in New York City. The dates are May 30th thru June 2 at the Hilton New York, and one-day passes are $25. Over 15,000 visitors are expected to view and hear home theater and audio components from over 200 exhibitors.

WNYC-FM May Drop Classical Programs
- The 77-year history of one of New York City's two mostly classical radio stations may change radically. The board of the public radio station which is supported by the city, is debating dropping all classical programming during the day and emphasizing news as the station has been doing since Sept. 11 - which resulted in its most successful fund drive ever. Many public stations have already cut jazz and classical programming because surveys have shown they garner lower ratings and generate less listener contributions than news, talk, folk and pop music do. (That's the reason that AUDIOPHILE AUDITION is now a web magazine instead of a broadcast series.)

Second Satellite Radio Service Now Beaming - Following on the launch late last year of XM Satellite Radio, the second similar service - Sirius Radio - is now officially launched with 100 channels divided between 60 music and 40 news/talk/information. Unlike XM, all the music channels are commercial free. Cost is $12.95 a month, higher than the $10 original announced. Among the music offerings is the Pure Jazz channel, featuring long time public radio jazz host Jim Wilke, who continues to host Jazz After Hours on 80 public radio stations. The satellite services offer some of the most popular programs from NPR, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Prairie Home Companion. Non-compatible special auto receivers and antennas as required for reception, and home units are planned for later this year.

San Francisco Symphony to Issue SACDs - Sony Music has signed a five season contract with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony to record all the Mahler symphonies. The First and Sixth have already been recorded. In addition to CD and perhaps DVD video release, all ten symphonies will also be issued in the new SACD format. The SF Symphony has recorded for BMG/Red Seal for some years. Perhaps they are on the list to be dropped as have many other BMG classical artists during the past year?.

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