By Richard Prince, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
NEW YORK - Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the conservative talk radio commentator who in August used the n-word 11 times during an exchange with a caller to her terrestrial radio show, "will be heard exclusively — and expanded and uncensored — on SiriusXM Stars," the satellite network has announced. "Shows will be replayed later each day and on Saturdays and Sundays, and as part of the expanded nature of the program, will include guest interviews."
Schlessinger had announced in August that she was ending her long-running radio show at the end of the year so she could "regain my First Amendment rights.”
Her current show reaches about eight million listeners in all 50 states, according to Brad Wellen of Fishbowl NY.
Writing on his St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times blog, media critic Eric Deggans called Schlessinger's move to satellite "a savvy attempt to hide a fading franchise."