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(9/29/2013 9:11:51 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'd like a pony, too.
- Steve
(9/20/2013 8:36:25 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Tell me why on God's green Earth an AM broadcaster should be "given" an FM translator? FM translators were created to help FM broadcasters "fill in" dead spots in their signal, not to bail out broadcasters who made an investment in obsolete tech (the AM broadcast band).
Sorry guys, but this stinks.

- Panama Jack
(9/20/2013 3:03:53 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This is a terrific idea and I'm excited for the AM's, especially daytimers. But (and I hate to say BUT!) BUT, where are all of the FM frequencies going to come from? With the advent of the LPFM, 90% of which are ... well, that's a subject for a different comment thread, where are they going to put all of these translators in an already WAY over-crowded FM band?
- Chris560
(9/19/2013 7:49:22 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM SYNCHRONOUS BOOSTERS (Synchronized by a 10 Mhz. satellite signal) have been very successful in PUERTO RICO.
WISO-AM operates three synchronized transmitters on 1260KHz. and WAPA-AM operates two synchronized transmitters on 680 kHz. for many years.
Continental broadcasters are welcomed to experience how great they work. It's a great tool for AM revitalization.

(9/19/2013 6:30:46 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
3. The flawed idea that the FCC is obligated to fix something that was caused by evolution of technology and the market. Are you still clinging to dialup modems and claiming you should still be able to dial into your AOL account when broadband technology has replaced it? No? So why is it the government's obligation to preserve outdated technology? I'm betting most of you would decry bailouts and "big government" - until it suddenly props up your business.
- Chris Stevens
(9/19/2013 6:28:04 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Couple of points:

1. many AM broadcasters now were more than happy to cash out their FMs during rounds of consolidation craziness. The fact they surrendered these signals for a quick payoff shouldn't entitle them to be bailed out now.

2. The illusion that AM is some sort of nirvana of localism is simply false. Yes, we all know the really local AM station with high school sports and the swap shop - but for every one of those, I can find you ten that are simply satellite repeaters.

- Chris Stevens
(9/19/2013 3:09:27 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content

I very much like the proposal offered FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

Based on the comments made by contributors, it's not perfect but it's a great step in the right direction.

This will definitely help many AM stations!

- Joe B

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