FCC Rejects Proposal That Might've Saved AM Radio

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The Federal Communications Commission rejected a proposal to boost the signal power of AM radio stations by a factor of ten. Apparently the agency's convinced that such a signal boost would actually harm those stations rather than helping save them.

The FCC's response to the proposal is causing a bit of debate because there's disagreement over the accuracy of the FCC's assessment:

We have determined that your proposal is not in the public interest because it would greatly increase the potential for interference between AM stations and would undermine the Commission's efforts to improve the AM service.


Whether it's with a signal boost or not, let's just hope someone figures out how to save the AM stations from signal degradation and interference—they're not ready to be labeled obsolete just yet. [Ars Technica]

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I remember the good old days when there were 50Kw clear channel AM stations (not to be confused with Clear Channel stations!) you could hear all over the USA at night. WABC from New York, KAAY from Little Rock, WLS from Chicago, CKLW from Detroit/Windsor and KOMA from Oklahoma City were a few that I listened to from far, far away.

Unfortunately, once the capitalized Clear Channel and its imitators took over, that was the beginning of the end for radio of all kinds. Instead of independent thinkers we got corporate drones and very short playlists that had nothing to do with what the local listeners were buying.

I was a disk jockey in the late days of progressive radio. It's sad that you can't hear that kind of creativity on the airwaves any more, but at least now we have internet radio to make up for it.