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Are You Trying to Kill Off AM Radio?



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(11/21/2012 3:16:41 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Our problem is not programming or sales. It is the antiquated Communications Act of 1934 forcing us to have to go off the air two hours after local sunset to "protect" two stations over 1,000 miles away. Who would it hurt to allow a daytimer like ours to operate at 100 watts overnight so we can do the local sports, etc.? Thank goodness we got an FM translator or we'd be toast. Time to scrap nightime protection and allow us to serve the public by covering our market with a minimal nightime signal.
- sanford cohen
(11/21/2012 10:47:36 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I was the last man standing with LPs and 45s when CDs came out. And I refused to buy a cell phone (remember those squiggly-tail antennas installed on the rear window of our cars)until one day, my car broke down on DC's Capitol Beltway en route to an appointment in Virginia and I had to walk to a urine-contaminated phone booth to call ahead to tell my client that I was running late.

My career began on a 1,000 watter that cut power so low at sunset, you needed to be within 3 miles of the tower to get a clean signal at night. That having been said, I believe that AM is as close as it can get to going the way of 8 track players and hard-wired mobile phones. When the last big Talk & major Sports broadcasts move to the FM band, what's left? Content is king. The consumer base of adults who grew up with AM is slipping into immortality and ad revenue (which is already a challenge for FM radio)is not looking for throw-back communication channels.

It's amazing to me that some people in or industry can more easily go through a divorce than accept the idea that the party's over for AM radio in the digital age.

- Larry
(11/21/2012 10:03:13 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I started in FM radio in the 1970’s and the current Program Director for WCRV 50,000 watt AM in Memphis; part of a Network. The uniqueness of the AM dial is in its ability to create local programming that connects with your community. There are churches, community organizations, and individuals that have a story, as well as their own following, that provides a great resource for reigniting the flames and attracting a future audience to AM radio. I love it!
- Byron Tyler
(11/20/2012 4:26:45 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
We are wrapping up our best year ever with a small town AM station. We have tied our website with the AM brand and have created something special. We are LOCAL!! We do local news, sports and weather and cover area towns. We are locally owned and that is the difference! We know everybody in town and we know what is going on in town. Many AM stations in our area are successful because they are run to serve the community and have people in the studio from the morning to night! We do it right and are rewarded for doing radio the right way!
- Chris
(11/20/2012 2:16:13 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The three year rule went bye-bye when President Reagan deregulated our business in 1980. With the result that AM Radio, first with the influx of venture capitalists who killed off news departments en mass, AM Radio has gone down hill ever since. One Rules I would love to see established: any license, AM or FM, that is not serving communities within the signal coverage they are licensed to serve should lose said licenses. Good luck, Bud!

- Dave "Giff" Gifford
(11/20/2012 1:23:40 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I own an AM station
To Quote Woody Guthrie, "I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again"...

1. Give LOCALLY/INDIVIDUALLY OWNED AM's or AM/FM combos that have reduced power at night full AM power at night.
2. RE-REGULATE power line noise and all the electronic devices that love to radiate interference all over the AM band.(some are even taking a good run at the FM band too)
3. Institute RECEIVER STANDARDS.We made beautiful sounding AM tuners as far back as the 1930's with only 7 or 8 vacuum tubes. Today's technology can put a million transistors on your fingernail. We can't have perfect AM radios? C'mon.
4. Kill IBOC AND Motorola AM stereo, and use the KAHN SYSTEM.(Apparent 3x power boost,improved performance under power lines, 20kc bandwidth, and stereo that works 24 hours a day!
5. Use the spectrum above 1700 to "expand the accordion" so stations are not so close together, (move the hams above 2500 and give them more bandwidth in exchange), and even explore the use of the "tropical" band.
6.PROPERTY and other tax exemptions for local arts and community stations.
7. RESERVE FM translator channels for LOCALLY/INDIVIDUALLY OWNED AM's, and prevent speculators from buying them up.

Well, that's just seven.But that will do. J.P. Ferraro, whvw@whvw.net

- J.P. Ferraro
(11/20/2012 12:39:17 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
As a former small AM group operator, I considered myself to be one of the last hold-outs for AM radio. That went away when i went to work for a stand alne FM 13 months ago...and really got into the minds of the people spending money on media today. AM, in their minds, does not exist. They don't listen, and they know no one who does. Aside from 50,000 watters that carry strong local news or have the Rush block, there are too many radio stations providing too few options for audience. it's time to re-think and overhaul AM by at least considering one or more of the following: 1) stop the simulcasting..Walt's correct; 2) require local origination, and failingbthat, surrender the license; 3)move signal challenged AM stations to FM translators, in exchange for taking their facility dark. This would clean up the spectrum and allow for technological innovation; 4)with a cleaner spectrum, allow stations higher levels of power to completely cover daytime and nighttime interference; 5) renegotiate the international treaties for interference; 6) and this is a big one..re-regulate the standards for RECEIVERS, which now are sub-standard.
- KEVIN FENNESSY


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