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(11/19/2012 4:07:49 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Car manufacturers have started eliminating the AM band in new car models. It doesn't matter what kind of audio improvement you have if the AM band is no longer available as a listening choice.
- Craig Fox
(11/19/2012 12:52:23 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
How does moving listeners to the FM band revitalize the AM band? It is more like admitting defeat. I'm with Ron, better engineering and audio would do a lot more. Producing actual quality local content (really being a part of your community) would go a lot further towards strengthening any localism your station has than adding another satellite signal. Does your "local" AM station work with community groups, create children's programming, host local high school sports, etc?
- John Devecka
(11/19/2012 11:27:35 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Good idea, since this change would help many small market AM stations be viable in their communities. Would like to see a way for translators that meet certain requirements to be granted primary status, similar to the Class A designation for certain low power television stations. This would give more stability to AM/translator combinations.
- Ed Henson
(11/19/2012 10:39:38 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM stations do not need FM translators. AM stations that program music should go back to the AM STEREO of years past. It sounded better than FM, especially where multipath was a problem. We don't need the HDAM "dead horse", just wideband stereo radios. Sony was ready back then and hundreds of consumer radios could be available if AM'ers would hop back on the stereo bandwagon.

Of course, it would also be nice if stations would actually hire engineers as part of the staff. You would be amazed at how good AM can sound when maintained instead of neglected.

- Ron Erickson
(11/19/2012 10:27:13 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Why is this news? Walters doesn't need another excuse to downgrade another AM for a 250 watt FM translator. Take a look at the WVJS downgrade (from 5kW to less than 1kW) and it's obvious that the translator is now the primary station and that the WVJS is just a shadow of former itself. Or when he moved his AM station out of Clarksville to Nashville. Now, that servicing the citizens of Montgomery County.
- Bobby Morgan
(11/19/2012 10:02:31 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This is heroic. In present circumstances and as a practical matter, Bud is again blazing a new trail that can give a to boost many local AM stations.

Now, if only the Congress would permit the FCC to place AM-on-FM xlators on a par with LPFMs, there could be a significant return to localism in radio. The record shows that giving priority to LPFMs is wrongheaded. How many LPFMs serve the broad community like a local AM? They're mostly all niche or religion, although some do serve minority and cultural interests.

- Dennis Jackson
(11/19/2012 10:02:20 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The FCC could save the AM Band the same way it established the FM Band in the 1960's. Stop the simulcast.

Next, require time-stamped, scheduled maintenance of ground systems and tower tuners. (No, it's not all computer and steel frame building interference. Ya gotta maintain the transmitter system.)

Finally, end debt financing of media properties and require equity only acquisitions.

See, that last one makes the maintenance suggestion seem feasible.


- Walter Sabo


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