From Sunday's Enquirer
Although I do miss being able to hear Willie up here in Toledo, I'm not certain that I'm a fan of this move. Part of what makes WLW so much of a guilty pleasure is the fact that it's just this local media circus -- calling up city hall and putting the mayor on live, all the local-yokel callers, dedicating entire segments to hating on Nancy Zimpher, etc. I think the personalities would lose all of their charm if they were forced to open up to a national audiance.WLW lineup joins XM Satellite network
The "Big One" is getting bigger. WLW-AM (700), the 50,000-watt "nation's station," truly will be nationwide on Wednesday.
Mike McConnell, Gary Burbank, Bill Cunningham, Jim Scott and most of Cincinnati's top-rated news-talk-sports station will be added to the XM Satellite Radio lineup as Channel 173.
Only the Reds and Bengals games won't be on the channel. XM has a separate deal for Major League Baseball, while Sirius Satellite owns NFL rights.
WLW-AM called itself the "nation's station" when it was the only U.S. station to broadcast experimentally on 500,000 watts from 1934 to 1939. "Everything has come full circle," says Darryl Parks, WLW operations director.
Further, I don't see what XM gets from all of this -- even though WLW has an almost obscene broadcast radius at night, I was always under the impression that pretty much the only people that listen to the station are people in Cincinnati or people from Cincinnati and living elsewhere. It seems like XM is wasting it's already tight bandwidth on a channel that really brings nothing to the table.
For those with XM, 173 is being listed as "Off Air" as oppsoed to the usual display when a channel is not in use.