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(AUDIO) Is The FM Translator AM's Savior?

4-11-13

There was a day the booming signal of the strongest AM stations could be heard, and was listened to, across many states. The great voices of radio's past were piped into tiny transistor radio's hidden under pillows across America. Today, not so much. Technology has pretty much passed the AM band by, not to mention stepped all over it. When someone plugs in an iPod, starts a hair dryer or toasts a bagel there's interference. A lot of the AM programming back in the day is now heard on the FM dial and your consumers don't want static, they want crystal clear. There's a push to revitalize the AM band lead by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. AM broadcasters are applauding his efforts and trying to come to a consensus on what the best solution is. Cromwell Radio President Bud Walters has six AM stations, five of them are already on FM translators. He says, one of the biggest reasons to get on a translator is advertiser acceptance. LISTEN HERE




(9/12/2013 2:27:20 PM)
VGVS2s Very informative blog.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

- NY
(4/14/2013 5:11:53 PM)
"The great voices of radio's past were piped into tiny transistor radio's hidden under pillows across America. Today, not so much."

Maybe there was something worth listening to then?

Just sayin'.

- Steve
(4/13/2013 10:32:26 PM)
I will still stand with using Frequency modulation on the am radio frequency. The police 2 way radios have used them for years. In the United Kingdom they use the same frequency as the US for CB radios but with much better reception. It is so much cleaner than AM even at the Low frequency of the RF carrier. It would be cheap & easy to change the transmitters & no royalty Licence fee to use FM. It would require a converter. But we could we did that for the digital tv & car am radios in the 70s

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(4/13/2013 12:57:45 PM)
No we're not.

- Listeners
(4/13/2013 12:56:49 PM)

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