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Smulyan Says Phil Boyce is Wrong

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(2/5/2013 8:47:33 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I guess carrying extra batteries & a radio around is good for someone pushing a shopping cart. Frankly, my pockets will only carry so much. Any extra fm radio even in a cell, is a great idea.
(9/25/2012 11:03:44 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
That picture is Boyce.
- Ted
(9/24/2012 3:26:55 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Many of the broadcasters calling for the federal government to mandate that cellphones have/activate FM chips are the same people who are airing non-stop talk shows that want the government to get out of our lives and for the free enterprise system to make decisions. Many of these same broadcasters also want more deregulation of radio. It seems a bit disingenuous to ask for both. Otherwise, they're no different than every other special interest group wanting help from the government.
- Skeptic
(9/21/2012 4:06:16 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Pardon for the dual post (also posted in the original Boyce story) but I will add some things:

Understand that Phil is coming from a slightly different perspective: most if not all of his stations are AM and they are not invited to the chip party simply because it is impractical. He is right when he says that he doesn't need the chip, just an app. That's the only way an AM station is going to get on your phone. Your mileage may vary if you are an FM.

Next, what will happen in a dire emergency situation or widespread disaster? You will still need a radio to pick up the AM stations that will manage to get back on the air and have actual programming you will need. Granted the phone can serve as an FM radio with the chip and that certainly doesn't hurt where those stations will serve your needs. But since the phone might be otherwise useless the device of choice might well be a radio - which will have the choice of both FM and AM where the phone will not.

I think the chip argument has creedence only because phones are being made with the FM capability and not being enabled. Cause it to make economic sense for the carriers to enable it and it will happen.

Something else to consider: Disaster happens, cell service and power service is down. You can get radio on your phone; you can radio on a battery-powered radio. The battery in your phone runs down. Do you have a spare charged-up battery? Probably not and there's a limit to how much time that'll work. Do you have spare batteries for your battery-operated radio? Probably. And likely enough to get you through the disaster if you planned ahead. You're not going to do that with cell phone batteries (too expensive for one thing).

- radiomike
(9/21/2012 10:18:05 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Alright then - for those who cling to the "safety" or public service angle: How 'bout just those stations that can demonstrate they already have a staff that can be instantaneously on the job and on the air in the event of some disaster are the ones who get a chip-enabled cell-phone frequency....? Or, would that favor the congloms just a tad too much?
- Ronald T. Robinson
(9/21/2012 10:06:54 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
What back ups? its already there you cant ignore (radio)& phones are supposed to be multi-functional, right!?
- smiller
(9/21/2012 6:31:11 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
An FM/FM-HD chipset mandate will never happen. The cell phone providers already have CMAS/NOAA weather alerts, which target specific areas, and backup procedures in case cell phone towers go down.
- No Way

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