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(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
(11/19/2012 9:27:24 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The previous commentor nailed it. This is explicit confirmation that wholesale migration of the AM band to low-band VHF 5&6 is required to save the stations still using AM as a transmission mechanism. Let's hope the FCC allows that before the values have gone so low that very few AM owners are able to afford new physical plants.
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(11/19/2012 9:14:41 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The previous commentor nailed it. This is explicit confirmation that wholesale migration of the AM band to low-band VHF 5&6 is required to save the stations still using AM as a transmission mechanism. Let's hope the FCC allows that before the values have gone so low that very few AM owners are able to afford new physical plants.
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(11/19/2012 9:11:53 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The headline should have read, Bud Walters makes the case for all AM radio stations to move to FM.

Why should AM operators incur the extra expense of running two signals broadcasting the same programming. Isn't it time to recognize that it's an FM world and simply make it possible for all AM radio stations to secure an FM dial position in their service area?

I recent poll I did of radio broadcast students showed that none of them listened to AM radio but DID listen to FM radio. The next generation is already there.

WTOP and others have shown how moving a successful format to FM improves the franchise and service to the citizens it serves.

The FM chip in all smartphones would also insure that ALL radio stations could be heard in this way via these ubiquitous devices. The chips are already in our smartphones, let's work to get them activated.

- Dick Taylor
(11/19/2012 8:32:25 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Bud's idea is one small step in the right direction. Here's a couple of others:

1). Allow AM's with translators to do separate programming on the FM translator at least 10% of the week. Why? Many AM's carry pbp sports - sometimes two or more franchises. These broadcasts represent a substantial income stream. When play dates conflict and two teams (different sports) play on the same date at either the same time or close by, the station has to choose between one or the other. (cont below)

- Iconoclast
(11/19/2012 8:31:34 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content

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