Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sirius XM to Broadcast Earthquake Emergency Relief Channel in Haiti

Sirius XM requested and received a Special Temporary Authority to broadcast a Haiti emergency relief information channel. The channel will be broadcast in Haiti by the newly launched FM-5 geostationary satellite. The channel is available free of charge, no activation required. The broadcast will either be in Creole language from the Voice of American or from a local radio station that has lost its ability to broadcast.

Sirius is working with the State Department to deliver 500 Sirius XM radios, plus boomboxes capable of operating from batteries. This might be a great way to make good use of satellite radios and boom boxes that are no longer in use, if there were means to collect, deliver, and distribute the radios.

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