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(1/17/2013 10:33:14 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
It's about time! Lets get this done. My AM's and the communities we serve would most certainly benefit.
- Bob Simmons
(1/17/2013 7:30:33 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM band is dead. The only way to revive it is good stimulating talk programs. Get decent talented hosts to do that. You can't get more AM listeners by exporting it to FM, crowding an aready crowded band more. Many AM Stations already use additional internet streaming and even use HD digital to bring the signal to its hard to receive AM signal areas so stop duplicating AM on FM period.
- Henning Bjerre
(1/16/2013 9:13:13 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
There is a great deal of affection for AM, our original form of broadcasting, but it's over. The technology is obsolete. The only AM stations with listeners are the ones that have remained relevant over the years. Once they bottom out they never come back. The only answer is an FM license be it a translator, an HD channel, or a spot on an expanded FM band. Even web streaming is preferable to AM. It's a dead horse.
- Harry Kozlowski
(1/16/2013 2:43:15 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Below is a portion of the letter I sent to the Commissioners...

I write to tell you of a minor miracle that WMRC has pulled off here in our small market of Milford, Massachusetts. WMRC is a stand-alone 1KW station under the Boston, Worcester, and Providence umbrella’s. Each day we face more and more competition from Satellite Radio, Internet Radio, and Digital Media throughout the market. If that’s not enough, our signal is increasingly under attack from new technologies which make it ever harder to serve our communities with the local news, weather, sports, and public affairs programming they’ve come to rely on.

In the face of all of these obstacles, WMRC has just been selected as the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Station of the Year for the fourth time!!! Our dedication to LOCALISM is what makes us great, but it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep up the fight.

I’m aware of the effort at the FCC to “Revitalize the AM Broadcast Stations of the County”, and this is welcome news to broadcasters like myself. I truly love what I do, and I’d like to keep doing it for the next 50 years, but without your help, that may not be the case.

There is presently a waiver request (the Tell City Waiver request) pending at the FCC (File No. BPFT-20121116ALE), which will most likely be acted upon the third week of January. The waiver requests the abolishment of decades old rules that unreasonably prohibit an AM broadcaster from moving an FM Translator significant distances to be located within the AM stations community and rebroadcast the programming of the AM station on the FM Tanslator station, which, when implemented, provides the community with the 24/7 quality programming service it has historically enjoyed.

I hope you will consider supporting the crucial Tell City Waiver Request. I believe it’s the only future for AM stations like WMRC-First Class Radio. Sadly, without this assistance I fear we’ll simply fade away and become a thing of the past.

- Tom McAuliffe II
(1/16/2013 1:02:43 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I am in support of a waiver request filed with the Federal Communications Commission, FCC File No. BPFT-20121116ALE, to move an existing FM translator in order for it to simulcast WTCJ, an AM radio station in Tell City, Indiana.

WTCJ, along with AM radio stations across the country, continue to be challenged with man-made interference that challenges their ability to retain and grow audiences.

The FCC has wisely granted the ability for AM radio stations to simulcast on FM translators when they're available.

This waiver request would allow the FM translator to be moved a distance, in order to help WTCJ provide local radio service to Tell City, Indiana and surrounding area.

As a licensee of 3 AM radio stations, all of which are simulcast on FM translators we've been blessed to acquire and use, I can personally attest to the importance of continuing to provide local radio service that's been heard for decades on my AM stations, by having the same programming simulcast on FM translators that are not as suspectible to man-made interference as the AM signal.

I hope that the Commission grants the waiver request of WTCJ so that it can continue to provide local radio service in Tell City, Indiana, on the FM dial as well as the AM dial, as well as give other AM owners the opportunity to continue to serve their local communities by simulcasting on FM translators.

- Randal J. Miller, President, Miller Media Group
(1/16/2013 12:02:39 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Although I own an FM and no AM it's my belief AM's need immediate help to continue serving their communities. I fully support Bud Walter's waiver.

John Kennedy owner
Greenville, Illinois

- John Kennedy
(1/16/2013 10:55:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AM Radio has long been an important community resource in our small towns. Commissioner Pai's revitalization effort is a great step towards reinforcing broadcasting in the public interest.

- Scott Anderson

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