Sirius, XM Announce More Merger Supporters
Three members of Congress, a living legend of jazz, baseball’s all-time consecutive games leader, Oprah Winfrey’s production company and a fiscally conservative political group are among the latest luminaries to announce their support for XM’s merger with Sirius Satellite Radio. The companies announced late last week that the merger has been endorsed by General Motors, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and Winfrey’s company Harpo Productions. The Club For Growth also declared its support, as did Rep. Joe Baca of California, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“I am excited about the SIRIUS and XM merger and the prospect of increased listenership for sports programming such as ours. Merger synergies will expand variety and more unique content currently unavailable anywhere else,” Ripken said in a statement. Several of the endorsers, including Ripken, Winfrey, Marsalis, and former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, are either on-air hosts or producers of XM or Sirius programming.
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