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(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
(11/20/2012 7:51:57 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Big AMs still lead in places like San Francisco and prairie states, where the ground conductivity is high. But AM has other problems: 1) receivers suck, even in cars, where now it's the fashion to minimize the antenna; 2) interference among too many stations; 3) rising digital noise; 4) demographic creep; 5) rise in listening elsewhere. (In the last book, WAMU's stream beat many AMs in D.C.) Hey, the band is 90 years old. It's gradually dying a natural death. No rush, but still...
- Doc Searls
(11/20/2012 7:14:26 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Kevin: Your point is well taken. New Jersey has a 127 mile coastline. WIBG serves the Atlantic City-Cape May region. We were fortunate enough to maintain power and backups. However with IBOC and all the other gimmicks, nothing delivers information like AM radio. Big problem is people look to radio for information when the balloon goes up. Otherwise many consider it just for entertainment.Very little in the way of an informed public at so many levels.
- Rick Brancadora
(11/20/2012 6:25:03 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'm sure WIBG did a great job. But, how 'bout the guy interviewed on Fox News who said, "We don't even know who the President is? We're not getting any information here!" Obviously, he has never heard of WIBG...or the AM Radio Band.
- Kevin Fodor
(11/20/2012 6:21:21 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Bill. While micros add noise, if AM broadcasters wanted a quieter local signal, they should call their local electric utilities. Most of these companies have terribly noisy transformers and lines. Tell them of specific areas of noise, and alot of the local noise issues vanish. Problem is, most power companies have stopped maintaining their infrastructure, adding MUCH more noise to the AM band. Call them on it!
- Rick Brancadora
(11/20/2012 6:14:27 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Hashtag baby.. AM radio is alive and well. It goes back to live and local programming. WIBG1020 The Talk of South Jersey lead all AM's with its full coverage of Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of South Jersey residents depended on WIBG1020 to be that lighthouse of information during this killer storm. Solid live/local broadcasters with a commitment to the community.. not to themselves provide our listeners with solid local information! Its still about live local content!
- Rick Brancadora

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