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(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
(11/20/2012 11:00:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM-HD simply does not work, but it works well at slamming adjacent-stations with digital hash. There are no other reasons for the larger radio groups to run AM-HD. AM radio was fine until IBOC came on the scene. Around D.C., I easily listen to WTOP and WMAL, to name a few - they are as clear as any FM station. Someone(s) is trying to convince us all that AM is dead and/or needs a revamping. Take IBOC off AM, and everything goes back to being just fine.
- Spillage
(11/20/2012 10:52:37 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
all the FM translators have been taken by religions, and foreign language stations and simply are not available to AM stations. any translator priced over $25,000 is overpriced. (excluding large mkts). what what about all the translators that are silent? what what about the ratio of translators in the non-com band versus the commercial band. where is the FCC on this?
(11/20/2012 10:33:20 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
There are creative ways to combine AM&FM to overcome technical issues and cross promote one's newstalk franchise. The majority of those wanting news from radio listen in the morning. We simulcast morning drive on FM so we can overcome the nulls and low power prior to sunrise. We run the same program but with separate stopsets and air CBS on AM and Fox News on FM. After morning drive each station has a different talk lineup. The AM is still the number two biller in a 5 station cluster. We also have a News-Talk-Sports franchise that allows us to get around conflicts when we have two teams playing at the same time on the AM. We just give our listeners a heads up on air and on our Facebook page letting them know which game will be on AM and which one will be on FM. Uisng the franchise for a limited simulcast helps us with our AM and also helps us use our FM to bring more talk shows to our market and exposes our younger FM listeners to AM if they want to hear the Tigers.
- Dave Maurer
(11/20/2012 10:22:56 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
All this rancor. All this name-calling.
Wideband AM stereo? All-digital AM? Increased power? HD-AM? Expanded FM band? Better programming? Music back on AM? A thousand ideas, a thousand opinions.

But, the FCC has already chosen a direction. FM translators for AM stations. Once the regulators start moving in a particular direction, they're not likely to change course. Mr. Walters is only asking for the FCC to go down the road they've already chosen.

- Art Morris
(11/20/2012 9:24:19 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
OK, anyone remember when WLW in Cincy ran 'brokered religion'? That wasn't last week. Any don't pick on P.I.'s (although I don't run them, ever) You'll find hours and hours of P.I.'s on your local TV station and 30 satellite channels. It's a technical issue. This morning, I listened to one group owner (one of the biggest) running 40% modulation in Green Bay, WI.
(It's been that way, since they did a Sunday religious remote!) Others using a 'rag-tag' assortment of sports programs as a 'night-light'. One smaller group owner has Yahoo / Fox Sports / Nelligan Sports / NBC News Radio / State Radio Network and spends most of it's time, doing makegoods. AutoZone commercials, every eight minutes! FM translators are not going to fix that!! So, let's synchronize our frequency carriers, using GPS, thus improving our nighttime reach. Let's turn off that IBOC mask, closest to our analog audio...and, it wouldn't hurt, to actually promote the 'band'. Bumper stickers, frisbees, anyone?

- Mark Heller
(11/20/2012 8:48:05 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content

Flood? Two years ago?

You filed to move the station from Clarksville to Goodlettsville long before two years ago.


As to your rationalization that the AM station lost money. I forgot. It's not about serving the community, is it?

Saga's AM makes money in Clarksville. Maybe you should give them a call for some insight on how to run a real group.

- Bobby Morgan

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