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(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
(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

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