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Are You Trying to Kill Off AM Radio?


Fewer issues excite the rank-and-file more than what to do, and what should happen, to the AM dial. How many stations out there are being used to run block programs you know nobody listens to? Perhaps you mix and match barter programs, to avoid having to pay a warm body, that you know drive listeners crazy? How about those P.I's? See any big checks lately? Monday's story about Bud Walters' FCC filing ignited another firestorm of comments from those who love their AM properties and those who say the writing is on the wall and AM radio is like a cancer patient who cannot be saved.

Consultant Walter Sabo says "The FCC could save the AM Band the same way it established the FM Band in the 1960's. Stop the simulcast." Harry Kozlowski writes, "How long does the corpse have to rot before you admit it's dead?" And John Devecka adds, "Producing actual quality local content (really being a part of your community) would go a lot further towards strengthening AM radio."

What will happen to the AM dial over the next ten years? There are many opinions. And the issue is being studied by the NAB, although they've given no indication when that study will be completed or made available.
Below, read the three pages of comments posted by readers about what to do with the AM Dial.

Cromwell Group CEO Bud Walters has filed an application seeking to make it easier for AM stations to move an existing FM translator a greater distance than now allowed to a location where it can re-broadcast the AM station. The application says this one regulatory change would bring relief to a number of AM stations. "This change is staring the FCC in the face as a change it can make today -- with results occurring today - to revitalize AM stations. Walters is asking Commissioner Pai to support the waiver request for the FM translator for WTCJ(AM), Tell City, Indiana, which will allow it and other AM broadcasters to move an FM translator a greater distance than the FCCs rules now allow. 

The the application filed by Bud Walter HERE
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