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(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
(9/19/2013 2:12:19 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
In response to Chris Stevens, I hardly would say it's the fault of AM owners and blame it on a lack of "oversight". Broadcasting is expensive! A lot of AM owners that offer excellent programming would've loved to join the FM crowd, however without the big bucks backed by corporate or multiple shareholders, it's not been possible. New media combined with expanding FM service is a lot to blame, too. When a full service FM is granted 3 translators in one market -- it's a bit ridiculous! And HD too!
- RadioGuy423
(9/19/2013 10:41:19 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
now all the lazy generic FM sound-a-like clone corporate radio stations in my area will learn a serious financial lesson. Live and Local Radio!
- AM Owner
(9/19/2013 8:41:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Broadcasters did not cause the problems that afflict AM. Yes, the FCC should be responsible to find a solution, because they broke "it"! Who was it that lowered interference standards & have always voted to allow more new forms of electrical interference to harm AM reception? The FCC!!! Also, allow up to 10% weekly hours of sep programming on AM-fed translators. I have two sports franchises ($$$) that want to be on-air at the same time - give me the flexibility to make $$$
- Iconoclast
(9/19/2013 7:58:58 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Where lifesavers are needed, translators give stations straws to grasp at. Why not bet on the future instead of the past? Expand online. Think like Ted Turner did with satellite distribution of his crummy little UHF station in Atlanta, which is now CNN, TBS and much else. Ted did it with technical and regulatory smarts, plus original programming. If you're a local station, make your station easy to find on Tunein, Wunderadio and other app-based tuners, and in whatever ends up in cars.
- Doc Searls
(9/19/2013 6:03:30 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Read the second paragraph again, where Clyburn begins with " The migration...."
These remarks would have been timely in 1980.
All these new FMs will have to be directional or very low power. Wait, wasn't that what the Commission did with AM in the 1940's?

- radiovet
(9/18/2013 10:26:32 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
There is enough spectrum crowding as is. Translators, HD on translators, NCE satellite fed translators, and coming soon, more translators and LPFM.

The rest of the broadcast industry should not have to pay for the lack of foresight of some AM station owners by giving them a form of spectrum welfare. Period. If you own an AM and did not plan ahead to protect your station, and your station is failing, it is not the job of the government or other operators to allow you free bonus spectrum.

- Chris Stevens

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