Lots to catch up on.
To summarize for some people real quick. Still awaiting SIRIUS S50s and S50 Home Docks. Ugh. We are thoroughly disenchanted. But it clearly is something nobody expected would be this huge. Don’t want this to be all about that so I will quickly change the subject.
As for those stockholders who like to be informed of sales. All I can say is WOW! Lots and lots of radio sales here and everywhere. Monday December 19 was crazy in retail everywhere, but that da in particular felt as if the amount of people who were at the Stern Rally decided to mob every store that sold SIRIUS and cleaned them out like the Tazmanian Devil. Almost everywhere has sold out of the Sportster Replays and many are out of the Starmate Replays. Check out www.shop.sirius.com. They have been cleaned out. We wish people knew that the Streamer Replays are just like the Sportster Replays. We ran out of a lot but are now in stock of a lot of Starmate Replays, Streamer Replays, Streamer GTRs, Streamer GTs, and SIRIUS Ones. Note to SIRIUS, please make more distinguished names that don’t start with an S.
As for the rally, only I went. Sean did not go. I got into JFK really late on Friday the 16th. It was raining and actually got a ride into the city from the gentleman who sat next to me on the flight. He was very kind and I thank him (Jorge) for that. I got into my room at about 2am. I had about 4 hours of sleep in the combined 2 nights and didn’t get any sleep on the plane. My eye was very irritated from little sleep and sleeping with contacts in and not eating much or drinking much due to the stress of the business. My irritated, red eye was quite frustrating.
One of the first things I noticed when in NYC so late was pointed out to me by Jorge on the way in which was the Viacom building from which Stern broadcasts (broadcasted). It was great even to drive past it. Also surprised at how the garbage in Manhattan just sits outside in the middle of the night. Obviously that makes sense not to pick it up in the day. Shortly after I got into the room, Mariann from Brooklyn called. I got so excited there was no way I would have gotten much sleep in. I ran down 57th St. in the pouring rain and arrived at the Viacom Building. There must have been about 50 people at the base of the building at that point. I had just missed out on getting the bracelet to be in the front of the crowd. I met Mariann and must say she really is hard on herself with the way she looks. She looks great and seems younger than I thought. Also saw Jeff the Vomit guy at that point.
The whole crowd looked very New York to me, but I think that was since everyone had on winter gear it just reminded me of that style. I must have hung around for about 45 minutes or so and then decided to go back to the hotel room. I went back around 3:30am and turned on the TV to coincedently catch Howard Sterns “Private Part’s” movie on USA Network. It made the night or morning all the more exciting. I promised Mariann and myself I would get back to the Viacom Building by 5am to get a good spot. I dosed off and was sure since this was so big that I would not sleep in. … Well, I woke up at 5:50am and wanted to kill myself. I ran my butt over to the Viacom building to see that quite a crowd had joined and they were escorting people through baracades to get to the closer part of the stage. They did a slight patdown for security and I proceded into the rally which was just starting. I had lost Mariann since she had gotten in the front.
SIRIUS was handing out signs with the date of 1-9-06 to the crowd. I eagerly took one, which I later discarded, most likely would not have done that if it weren’t raining. I must have hung out in the rally area standing in the middle of the crowd for about an hour. I was listening to the show on my headphones but many in the crowd couldn’t hear it. Where I was you couldn’t see anything. People had umbrellas up and people were yelling to take them down just to see the stage, but you still couldn’t see it. Eventually I gave up and headed back just enjoying listening to the show and being near the action. SIRIUS was handing out these black cards with the Stern Logo on them with a scratch off piece on them. I felt like the last person to get one, everyone was grabbing them in an aggressive way while I was just sort of waiting for it. Eventually I got one and headed back to the hotel room. Before I got far, I heard from Jeff, Michigan Made from SBS and BenDee from SBS. I hung around them trying to find a way in and walking around looking for stuff. I was exhausted, Jeff was pumped and BenDee was like a kid on coffee, he was on fire, just pumped to be there and tons of energy. I wish I had the energy but was so tired.
We went into a Starbucks near the rally and I scratched off the Howard Logo. It was an invitation to the Hard Rock Party. This was cool. But at that point I didn’t realize how cool.
I will continue the story soon….
We’ve added some new things, Streamer GTR Package Xact Stream Jockey Car Kit XS021, iPod Cradle Kit for Executive Desktop Docking Station, and the Streamer GTR Home Kit which is exactly the same as the Starmate Replay Home Kit except for the pictures on the package.
Again, for the stockholders out there, the stuff is moving VERY VERY Fast. Also, still meeting a Lot of people who are going to get the SIRIUS service for Howard but still haven’t gotten anything. There will be a lot of stragglers. I would highly recommend they purchase before the end of the year and get it set up by the 3rd of January. I surely hope they learn how SIRIUS works prior to January 9th and can set things up so it will be smooth then. For SIRIUS this is a momentus period between Howard leaving FM, Holiday Sales, CES 2006, and January 9th. It’s quite a lot. I would also recommend people activating their radios at off times. I would suspect that SIRIUS customer service 1-888-539-7474 will be getting tens of thousands of calls if not more on Christmas Day. Just know that they will be quite busy then. Patience is key.
I got back to the Hotel and listened to the show from there.