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(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
(11/19/2012 9:34:32 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM already has a way to stay in place on channel and compete with FM, its called digital modulation. Just choose a standard, choose a sunset date for ancient modulation and mandate that all receivers sold in the US must have medium wave band digital decoding capability. Heck, it was done for TV, why not for AM radio.

One of my AM's recently started local college sportscasting using audio over IP for the remote broadcast. This AM'er also transmits in Ibiquity HD. Games sound like they are on FM. No static and the crowd noise and referee's whistle sound like you're there. Too bad nobody in the market has HD receivers. Sigh!

- bdcst
(11/19/2012 9:32:42 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Headline should read "Bud Walters atempts to abandon AM radio for FM."
There are AM stations doing just fine in competitive situations but Bud doesn't own one of them. But, the deterioration of the original service has been accelerated so badly by radio people that it's probably time for the FCC to offer every AM owner $100,000 for their license and shut the damn thing off before radio people invent more hybrids out of their non-belief in the medium. All the land from multi-tower AM tower arrays can be sold for storage sheds.

- Phil

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