1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Charlie Chat

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by SeaBeagle, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. SeaBeagle

    SeaBeagle Legend

    May 7, 2006
    Have not seen any listings for "Charlie Chat" for quite awhile. When is the next airing date for the show?
  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Since there hasn't been one in 2011 that I know of, I'd say the next one is scheduled for the second Thursday of never.
  3. Skeeterman

    Skeeterman Legend

    Jun 24, 2003
    Good old Charlie is too busy counting his billions....dollars that is. He has no time for Charlie Chat now.

    I wonder if Charlie still has that old Chevy pickup that broke down in Wichita, Ks and had to call his friend in Littleton, Co to send him money to get it fixed so he could get to Colorado to make his billions...Nothing like success.

    Billionaire Profile: Charles Ergen

    Charles W. “Charlie” Ergen was also a professional gambler some time ago. Ergen is to some extent a celebrity in the satellite business as he started up EchoStar Communications with practically nothing, wagered for high stakes and went on to become a major player in the satellite broadcast arena.

    How Ergen Got His Start in Business:

    He received his B.S. in General Business and Accounting from the University of Tennessee and his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. He worked as a financial analyst for Frito Lay and as a professional blackjack player until he was kicked out of a Las Vegas casino for card counting.

    How Ergen Made his Fortune:

    The buzz behind his success was set in motion when Ergen got together with his gambling buddy James DeFranco and formed EchoStar in 1980. That same year they began selling C-band satellite TV dishes to rural homes in Colorado. Rumor has it as they left Las Vegas, the two saw a truck carrying a big satellite television disc and together with Ergen’s future wife Cantey pooled their $60,000 savings to start EchoStar.

    What Ergen Does Now:

    Ergen started DISH Network Corporation, (formerly EchoStar Communications) in 1980 and has been the company’s chief executive officer since that time.

    By 2004 the company prospered with 15,000 employees and nine satellites rotating the earth and delivering hundreds of channels to more than nine million direct-to-home subscribers. What’s more, Ergen frequently starred in his own TV show, Charlie Chat, which included infomercials and calls from DISH Network subscribers.

    While Ergen has often been described as unpredictable, daring and combative, he battled with and overcame rivals such as Rupert Murdoch. He had an interest in satellites from childhood which took him to currently owning roughly 51 percent of the company stock.

    What Can We Learn

    A lesson shared by Ergen draws in his attitude and persistence, along with lessons learned from the blackjack table in Las Vegas, brought him to his good reputation today as chief executive for only the best companies, including EchoStar and DISH Network.

    In applying that lesson it may be that reputation, along with Ergen’s foresight and leadership, helped the company become the fastest growing direct-to-home satellite television company in the nation.

    He also did all he could to put investments together, pinching money to build up his capital. For example, Ergen raised $335 million in junk bonds to bring the company into competition with larger rivals. DISH Network is DirectTV’s major competitor.

    Ergen is the 146th richest person in the world with a net worth of roughly $3.9billion, according to Forbes 2009 list of billionaires. While he is said to have entered the business with nothing, through his efforts, Ergen continues to demonstrate how to expand business into triumph.
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I thought they destroyed the studios and the cameras after the last show in 2010 - I guess they didn't want a repeat of that presentation. :)

    They were fun while they lasted ... or at least until a couple of years before they ended.
  5. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    I'm guessing there won't be any more now that Charlie isn't the CEO.
  6. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I think Charlie Chats are over.
  7. 356B

    356B Icon

    Oct 11, 2008
    Good.....I never got it, sorry.

    I remember when the vip622 was having horrible audio issues. I watch with baited breath... and hopeful anticipation of a forthcoming fix...(I was new to the game).
    They took calls from shills praising this and that about DishTV, never mentioned the 622 sound deal, made a spectacle of mutual self congratulations, Charlie and his sidekick, whoever he was.

    Eventually the vip622 got upgraded with software fix and the issues ended, sound familiar vip922 people?
  8. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    I think this forum killed it. Too many people didn't watch the chats but just waited for the summaries to be posted on DBSTalk. I include myself in that group. For DISH, who certainly have a way to know what's being watched, it looked like no one was watching except the one or two guys who wrote the summaries.
  9. Blowgun

    Blowgun DHMO User

    May 23, 2008
    Western Arc
    That was the symptom, the actual cause was the Charlie Chat itself and what it had become. The summaries were a nice boil-down of a toxic brew of fluff and pander, that only the most thick lined stomach could ingest without projecting unprocessed spillage across the room.
  10. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    The Charlie Chats were meant to be a marketing tool. Nothing more. The tech chats back in the day were fun but soon got boring because they turned into Charlie Chats. All fluff, to substance.

    It was nice while it lasted.

Share This Page