‘Dr. Laura’ to move to Sirius XM

Radio commentator to host live call-in show

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is moving her practice to Sirius XM. “Dr. Laura” will bow Jan. 3, immediately after the end of her Premiere Radio Networks/Talk Radio Network program “The Dr. Laura Show.”

The commentator announced earlier this year that she would end “The Dr. Laura Show” at the close of 2010 after controversy over an argument with a caller during which Schlessinger discussed the use of an ethnic slur and advised listeners, “If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.”

After the ensuing outcry, during which several of her sponsors dropped the program, Schlessinger said that she had “made the decision not to do radio anymore” and asserted that she wanted to “regain” her First Amendment rights without the threat of advertiser defections.

Schlessinger appears to have had second thoughts: The Sirius incarnation of “Dr. Laura” will be a live call-in show airing weekdays from 2 to 5 p.m., with replays each day and on weekends.

“Coming to Sirius XM is an amazingly freeing transition from terrestrial radio for me. Satellite radio is a forum where a diverse group of people get to speak their minds without fear,” Schlessinger said. “I can’t wait to preach, teach and nag about morals, values, ethics and principles.”

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