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Are You Trying to Kill Off AM Radio?



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(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
(11/20/2012 11:49:39 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
i'VE BEEN THE PROGRAM DIR. AND MORNING MAN FOR WDIA IN MEMPHIS SINCE 1983....I KNOW FOR A FACT AM IS NOT DEAD AND WHEN ITS DONE RIGHT AM CAN BE MORE EXCITING TO LISTEN TO THAN FM ESPECIALLY FOR THE 40 PLUS DEMO...I SEE A REBIRTH OF THE AM DIAL AND THERE'S MORE GREAT TALENT AVAILABLE FOR THE AM BAND THAN FM THESE DAYS..THESE GREAT JOCKS CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK ON THE AIR...
- BOBBY OJAY
(11/20/2012 11:39:48 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
iBiquity and the larger broadcasters, who are investors, are trying to force the smaller AM broadcasters to lease their FM-HD channels, because they have failed ROI. Spill digital hash all over the AM band until it is unlistenable.
- Bruce Carter
(11/20/2012 11:07:24 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
As a former suburban station manager and former major market sales rep turned agency owner, I've said it in guest blog articles and I'll say it again: stations are run by private companies but licenses are a public trust. Big consolidated group ownership's priority is to pay for the debt service on their acquisitions--not to serve the local communities. I managed a stand-alone AM daytimer in the shadow of a top 10 market. We got on the phone, called local residents and asked them what they wanted on their local station--and we gave them just that. You want to keep AM alive? Keep it live and local. People depend on you for the news, traffic and weather in THEIR community. One station I worked for had its highest listenership all year when we covered local elections. It's not rocket science...but it is radio science.
- Barry Cohen


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