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Radio's AM Champion

4-25-13

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has turned into a hero for AM Broadcasters. His desire to save the AM band, stemming from his love for AM radio stations, is exactly what AM broadcasters need at such a crucial time. With interference at an all-time high and so many other ways to consume much clearer content, AM radio might simply die without such an important advocate in such an important position. The question is..Is it too late?

Pai told Radio Ink that it's now or never to come up with a plan to clear up that signal. He's hoping to move forward his idea to revitalize the AM band as quickly as possible, however, a short-staffed commission may delay that plan. In the short-term, however, FM translators might be the answer. We asked Pai about the Tell City waiver which has almost become a battle cry for AM broadcasters and might clear the way for more FM translators. Is a blanket power increase for AM's the solution? What about going all digital? Or, is it simply too late to even spend the time trying to save the AM band? Here's our full interview with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.

As always, we look forward to hearing back from you (below) on this very important topic.

 




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... but the rest of the time. . . not so much.

Sports talk and right wing bloviating just doesn't float my boat (and, to be honest, left wing bloviating would be almost as irritating and off putting).

Give me programming worth the effort to tune to it and I'll be there.

Otherwise, I'll see you on the Internet.

Or not, as the case may be.

- Steve
(4/29/2013 3:58:45 PM)
@Sue Hemmeke: If AM radio is your source for daily "news... and information" then I suspect you are sadly misinformed.

I've tuned to AM radio once in the last decade for news or information. That was during an area-wide power outage which knocked everything except one AM station off the air in San Diego county. I ended up listening mostly to KNX in Los Angeles to get useful information.

Now I admit that AM radio did provide useful information in that instance and I was glad it was there...

- Steve

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