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(10/1/2012 1:33:33 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This article missed an extremely important point: Almost every minute of radio *programming* on the AM band is awful. Once AM is programmed as if it weren't the redheaded stepchild, all talk of technical and regulatory enhancements are moot.

Fix the programming. That facet of the product is just about utterly broken. And when it comes to revenue, "If you build it, they will come."

- Steve Lawrence
(9/28/2012 3:28:26 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Industry Canada moved most AM's to the FM band. The FCC was busy trying to jamb more new translators and LPFM's into FM while seemingly indifferent to the struggles of stand-alone AM operators. Normally, businesses change with the times, but AM's outdated technology gave FM competitive advantage. During FM's expansion, AM's were viewed as already having a community voice and the FCC wanted diversity, so C.P.'s were usually issued to out-of-state entities.
- Richard F. Arsenault
(9/28/2012 2:10:59 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
At the 9/19/12 Dallas Radio Show, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai mentioned an across-the-board power increase for all AM broadcast stations. I filed a similar Petition for Rulemaking in 2010. I also filed another petition requesting moving AM presunrise authority from 6am to 5am which was issued FCC file number RM-11599 and opened up for public comment. Petition copies, supporting arguments and links are available at
www.radio-broadcast-engineer.com

- Richard F. Arsenault
(9/28/2012 12:18:34 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I agree with John's comments. As one who is operating an AM station and who has sought to bring a translator to better serve the public but been unable to do so, it doesn't make sense that the Commission is planning to dump a load of translator applications when there are AMs that could use those signals to better serve their markets.


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- Charlie Russell
(9/28/2012 11:31:15 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
An FM Translator on my daytimer AM has saved the station. Before we added the translator, the AM was just an extra signal. With the translator it has become much more listened-to station.
- Jim Cronin
(9/28/2012 10:59:30 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Couldn't agree more that the best and most efficient way to help AM stations, would be to make it a lot easier for AM stations to get translators. Many small and medium market AM stations are providing the community service the FCC promotes and FM translators help them continue their mission.The other proposals would be helpful, but would take time.Translators are here now. The FCC should consider granting primary status to translators meeting public service standards like Class A tv stations.

- Ed Henson
(9/28/2012 10:40:41 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I've always been concerned about the FCC's idea that only 'New' broadcasters will serve the public interest. Many are just a satellite dish hooked to a transmitter. I use my AM station collection EVERY day to improve our communities. If we could rebroadcast on these FM translators, we could continue to serve for much, much longer.
- Ben Downs


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