About Gary Church ...

Gary Church is a contributing writer and columnist at The News. His blog appears on our website each Friday.

I've had Sirius radio for the last several years. I was told by my car salesman not to accept their first offer when it comes time to renew it.

I listened to him, and they usually offered me a price of $30 for six months, which I always accepted. You could possibly consider me a cheap individual.

A few weeks ago, I got a bill for $117 for six months. I did my usual thing and called to cancel it, and then wait for them to offer me my usual $30 deal.

Right away, I noticed the person that I was talking to was not from the United States. When I told her I was canceling, she asked, "Why?"

I told her it was too much money, and waited for her counter offer. That never came. After I gave her my information, she said "Good-bye" and we hung up. I was a little stunned about not getting another offer.

A few days ago, I got a phone call from Sirius saying I owed them money. A small argument might have taken place between the gentleman I talked to, and myself. I told him that I canceled it. This guy said that I called to cancel it, but hung up. I told him "That's what I usually do when someone says good-bye."

He then asked, "Have you been listening to Sirius after making that call?"

I said, "Only to see if you have discontinued it yet."

He said I owed them $12 for that period of time of renewal until now.

There is a chance that I might be put in debtors prison, because I don't feel that I owe them anything.

You Sirius subscribers, just beware if you were like me and waited until the $30 price comes up. It's not going to.

The way it looks now, WKST will be gaining a new listener.

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