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A week of Plugs

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
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Somehow in the last week we got a lot of on Air Plugs. Maybe it just all landed on that one week. I’d love for it to always be like that. I was briefly interviewed by George Flowers on the Howard 100 News, Craig Gass mentioned us on the Jim Breuer show, and Steve Covino, “Covino” mentioned us as well on Octane. Thanks to all those for helping keep the SIRIUS sales up.

My personal weekend which only seems to last hours can always be frustrating for a number of reasons. It’s a balance of getting things together combined with working combined with attempting to relax. During the weekend always look forward to Monday-Friday since at least some solid work is getting done, not to mention new Stern shows breathing life into me.

Also Mondays is particularily good recently because of my new favorite show, “Entourage.” Artie Lange recently filmed an “Entourage” episode out in Los Angeles and that will definetely be a bonus. The show has some of the best cliff hangers ever.

This week we look forward to receiving our first batch of GM Sirius Connect Units on Wednesday. Of many many pieces we placed orders for back in 2005, we are getting a small batch. We have many customers who are eagerly awaiting their units but the supply is quite limited, which is very frustrating and once again, we have no control over getting more or not.

In a month things will be moving far faster with the introduction of the SIRIUS new Live Portable the SL100TK1, the new Universal Kits, the SUPH1, SUPV1, and SUBX1. For retailers, the Holiday Season is just around the corner.

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FCC hurting business

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
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DailyTech just wrote a pretty negative article Sirius Pulls Some Radios Due to FCC Probe about how the FCC ruling that some of the FM transmitters are too strong on SIRIUS radios has caused SIRIUS to stop shipping a bunch of radios. I have three comments:

1. The picture that DailyTech attached to the article is of the Sportster4 (SP4-TK1) one of the few sirius radios that has a newer, weaker, FM transmitter and is not affected by the FCCs latest decision

2. The decision has had a significant impact on our business. A lot of the better selling radios, like the Sirius S50, are not presently available, and our radio sales have slowed – I would be very surprised if this did not affect SIRIUS’ financials

3. One great solution to this problem is to use a Wired FM modulator, to hardwire your SIRIUS signal into your car – they are not hard to install, they are only $20 and the sound quality is much better

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Antenna Fever!

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
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As usual, things have been going great here at TSS-Radio. The weather is great and its the time of year for installing that new SIRIUS system in your car or truck!
I have been taking pictures to help everyone out with their install. We have added detail pictures to all of the antennas so that you can now see what the connectors on each one are like. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion about which antenna you need for your receiver. As you may or may not know, there are 2 types of antenna connectors. The first type is the Fakra connector which is a square plastic connector and only found on much older receivers like the Kenwood and some OEM SIRIUS car receivers (i.e. Infinity). The other type is a regular SMB which is what the majority of receivers and docking stations have. The SMB can be straight or right angle. I have also added photos to the Truck antenna to make it easier to see what the mounting hardware is like.

In other TSS news, we will be getting the much sought after Home Antenna back in stock. The Home Antenna can be mounted on the outside of your house for a clearer view of the sky. We have also just added a part that will help you get a cleaner looking vehicle Installation is the 12v Power Hardwire Cable. This cable will allow you to have the power for your 12v receiver hardwired to your cars power, NO MORE CIGARETTE LIGHTER ADAPTER!
While we are on the subject of antennas and installation, we would love to see your Sirius Installation! If you live in the Chicago area and have a great Sirius Installation in your vehicle, email me at sales@tss-radio.com. Have a great 4th!

Ross

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Shipping

Friday, December 23rd, 2005
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We always seem to forget truly how busy it gets at this time. The Shipping Services get far behind. We trust USPS and UPS to get the job done, though at this holiday season it is difficult. Most Priority mail takes 2-3 days average. Some people think it takes a definite 2-3 days, but it’s more of an average, in fact many times, especially when things are not so hectic Priority Mail can get there the next day. Well, lot of the Priority Mail shipped out recently has been taking 3-6 days. Ugh. Also had a UPS Next Day Air to Houston that took 3 days. About 70% of the USPS has been 2-3 days but the rest hasn’t. USPS Express has been good and so has UPS 2nd Day Air.

Once a package leaves here it still depends on maybe 6 or so people to get their job done and quickly to get it to you on time.

Well, it’s almost over.

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Update

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
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Wow,

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.

Take Care,

Taylor

I got back to the Hotel and listened to the show from there.

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