In July 2008, XM was absorbed by its rival to create Sirius XM Radio. The Federal Communications Commission had taken a year and a half to approve the merger, but despite that period of uncertainty, the staff of The Bob Edwards Show remained stable. In fact, the show matured during that time and was finally over its initial shakedown period. This had a lot to do with the leadership of executive producer Steve Lickteig. Steve appointed Ed McNulty as senior producer for our daily show and Chad Campbell as senior producer for our weekend show. Steve also hired producers Dan Bloom and Cristy Meiners. Bob Edwards Weekend, which began with a dozen stations, now has 150. We are operating smoothly and doing the best work we’ve ever done. Our new bosses are just as supportive as their XM predecessors were, so all of us on the show are committed to making Sirius XM the success it deserves to be.
Good fortune has blessed me twice with the same opportunity. I got to join NPR in its third year when it was still bold and experimental and had only a million listeners. When I left thirty years later, it had well over twenty million listeners. I enjoyed the same stroke of luck when I joined XM in 2004 when it had only a million subscribers. As of this writing, the combined Sirius XM has more than twenty million subscribers. It is tremendously exciting to be part of something new and ask the questions “Can we make history here? Can this start-up break new ground in radio?” I know from both experiences that the answer is