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(10/2/2012 8:09:41 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The suggestions are commendable, and needed. The article ignores half the problem. And that is inconsistent receiver quality. Establish design standards, and hold the manufacturer's feet to the fire. sadly, that train left the station.. 30 years ago.

So we have el-cheapo clock radios that might have two cents worth of design (if that) for the AM section. Car audio tends to be better designed. But that is inconsistent as well.

- HappyTheK
(10/2/2012 7:59:38 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Yes, I remember well what "clear channel" sounded like before it was a corporate name. It sounded great! Of course, that was before the FCC allowed other stations on the clear channel frequencies... and allowed them on at night with peanut power. This policy has made virtually every frequency sound like a the jumble of a local channel at night.

Regarding the 5AM start for PSRA, does anyone remember the late 50's-early 60's 5AM sign-on that many daytimers had? I don't recall how that came about, but it was year-round and (I think) at regular licensed power.

I really hope AM can be saved, but it is an uphill battle.

- Phil Beckman
(10/1/2012 8:20:43 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Do those who are advocating "full" frequency response (say 50-15kHz) understand the technical problems and considerable expense involved in cleanly broadcasting that bandwidth over stations 10kHz apart? Conventional AM broadcasting would require 30kHz of bandwidth. It can be done, but it's not cheap. Together with increased power, we would have a very noisy and trashy band in much of the country. Does anybody else remember what "clear channel" sounded like before it was a corporate name?
- marv walters
(10/1/2012 2:43:07 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I agree with John's points. I totally disagree with the subsequent comment regarding programming. Stand alone AM stations are like the small town diner after the Interstate Highway goes past the town taking the majority of traffic off your local road. You can have the best food on the planet, but if the people don't see your sign and stop in when they are hungry, it will all spoil and the chain restaurant at the exit ramp 6 miles away will get all the business. You will eventually be forced to change the quality of your offerings.

The problem here is we are not allowed to relocate to where the customers are, plain and simple. And if we buy an existing full power FM station, the cost is so high (even today) we could not afford to run it as a full service, local station.

There is a problem with program content on radio stations of both bands. However, it is usually not a problem on stand alone AM stations because their only way of survival is catering to the locals and working harder to survive, like the owners of the aforementioned diner. The stations (AM of FM) with bad programming are usually the poorer- performing "properties" of group operators.

Give us a chance to serve our communities on a level playing field!

--Dave Richards, standalone AM owner/operator

(10/1/2012 12:59:30 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
We have been able to enhance local service dramatically by the use of translators on our AM stations. There may be more opportunities to do the same with some of the 2003 applications. However, the FCC's silly rules regarding moving translators will hamper broadcasters ability to serve the public. I strongly urge the FCC to consider Mr. Garziglia's comments.
- Alan Bishop
(10/1/2012 10:31:26 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
1. IBOC on AM should be banned
2. AM should be allowed full frequency response.
3. Bring back AM stereo
4. The FCC needs to relax technical requirements on antennas and make AM improvement applications easier
5. All AM stations should revert to local ownership only, with small groups allowed if the owner resides within 400 miles of the stations he/she owns.

- Ron Erickson
(10/1/2012 9:37:27 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Forget the new band for AMs and forget the FM translators; we're AM, get the FCC off our back. STOP all IBOC NOW! It kills AM. FCC must forget the birds and Indiana Tribes and enforce its rules regarding power line, etc. interference. Give us our fidelity back; no more chopping the high end of our audio. Stop endless regulations re public file, more EAS and other useless regulations. Get a life!
- Paul Dean Ford, P.E.

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