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Can Anyone Save AM Radio?



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(9/12/2013 10:48:36 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Big government & media killed AM. LPFM or TX won't fix it. 7-7-7 was a good rule. GIANTS divest NOW. Mom & Pops are the answer. Congress must require FCC to outlaw the outlaws (IBOC), enforce noise levels, KILL stupid regulations & fines. Who cares about public files, studio location, staff on duty, etc. except the FCC to rob the operator of dollars. Filing fees eliminate real broadcasters; it's unconstitutional. STOP. Get off our back and let Mom & Pops do real radio; no more suits.
- Paul Dean Ford, P.E.
(9/12/2013 10:01:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The good thing about AM radio is that it's there in an emergency.

Unfortunately, for most of us, that's the only time we'd bother listening.

- Steve
(9/11/2013 9:36:51 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
That "available in an emergency"-tripe is just a bone being thrown out and dragged along to find out if anything will leap out and chase it. (So far, not even a twitchy, feral cat is jumping all over that one.)

AM and FM have to compete as "media". To do so effectively means massive improvements in programming and ad-creation.

The technology to improve signals - where helpful or necessary - is readily available, particularly for the AM-gang.

Not everybody gets 50,000-watt "blowtorches". Too bad. So sad. Tell it to the chaplain.

- Ronald T. Robinson
(9/10/2013 11:48:37 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Note that after mentioning the most valuable thing was the ability to hear on a cheap portable radio when the power is out...none of the proposed fixes for AM radio work with that scenario. The closest is the FM translator where a cheap battery powered radio already is available and ubiquitous. ALL of the digital and all of the new band solutions fail that basic point! The battery powered cheap radio receiver for new FM bands or all digital does not exist so we start at Zero listeners! OUCH!
- Timothy Cutforth
(9/10/2013 5:22:53 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Most owners treat their stations as a comodity, not as power. They throw Rush or whatever on to automate it so there isn't any effort involved in creating local, compelling content. And it sound like all the other thousands of stations. When you have a unique radio show that sends the phone lines into blast-off, you know radio has power! You can't have the studio sit empty and give the power away, guys!
- Jay Jay The DeeJay
(9/10/2013 5:14:35 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'm an engineer for a communications company with TWO AM stations I engineer. They have excellent coverage and can be heard for several miles beyond their designed range, on a decent, average receiver. It is not impossible to put a reasonably good receiver chip in a car stereo, if they put their mind to reserving some real-estate on the PC board for it. Ever hear an AM station on an antique radio? A real 10kHz IF sounds fantastic in comparison. AM"s NRSC curve is designed for 10KHZ IF.
- JasonCE
(9/10/2013 10:21:54 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Mr. Lundgren is correct.
While the sky is not falling, the earth is, indeed, moving up.
AM and, to a degree, FM can be compared to a pack of wild horses that have yet to be tamed and put to meaningful use.

Unfortunately, the standard approach has been to bludgeon them, put them on starvation diets and then hook them up to well-wheels. This, when their potential is endless.

An appreciation of the potentials which are missing, and the services of a few Whisperers are required - immediately. But first - an engagement of the imagination.

- Ronald T. Robinson


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