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While switching to satellite radio cost Howard Stern a lot of listeners, he is apparently gaining some inadvertently, too. Some FM stations are complaining that FM transmitters people use to relay satellite radio to their car stereos are too strong, and are interfering with their broadcasts in other people's cars. Coincidentally, this AP story comes out a day after XM disclosed it was under investigation by the FCC, which alleges the FM modulator in one of its radios transmits at too high power -- which could cause these types of problems. Of course, for some people, broadcasting to other cars is just the point. Remember the iPod radio phenomenon? This story also illustrates that even a closed, licensed spectrum doesn't guarantee there won't be problems with interference.