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2014-02-13 04:58:02 PM  
dnrtfa:  What's the point?
 
2014-02-13 05:04:14 PM  
Okay, now I read the article and other than nostalgia, and emergency broadcasts he didn't really explain why we need to save AM.

What I thought was interesting about it was that one of the suggestions to save AM was to give all of the stations an FM re-translator.   You expect people to listen to AM on FM when they wouldn't listen to AM on AM?

The biggest thing that is killing radio is Clear Channel and the other conglomerates that just coalesce everything down to 10-20 songs per genre station and that's all they play.
 
2014-02-13 05:04:33 PM  

BizarreMan: dnrtfa:  What's the point?


They list a few reasons, but a better plan would be to just kill it and auction off the spectrum for wireless broadband.

If their stance is that AM radio is cheaper to operate and thus leads to a more diverse broadcast voice, internet radio is cheaper still.

Let's put out enough spectrum that truly unlimited LTE becomes an affordable reality for everyone.
 
2014-02-13 05:04:47 PM  
I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.
 
2014-02-13 05:05:16 PM  
Seeing as how AM radio is all talk radio and mostly right wing and sports "experts", I don't have any use for it.  I wonder how may of Rush L's listeners are AM. I put Sirius in my truck 8 years ago and haven't even listened to any commercial stations since.  There are so many options open for people who want to hear music that AM isn't a choice, and if you don't like continuous commercials, FM isn't either.
 
2014-02-13 05:17:14 PM  
It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.
 
2014-02-13 05:20:13 PM  
AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.
 
2014-02-13 05:44:25 PM  

unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.


Came to say basically this.
 
2014-02-13 05:50:27 PM  
Any time I hear the sound of AM radio I think of listening to college sports as a kid.
 
2014-02-13 05:50:27 PM  

BizarreMan: Clear Channel


That once meant something good.  At night you could listen to "clear channels" everywhere in the nation.  WLS, WSB, and many others were the only ones allowed to broadcast after dark on those frequencies. They often played music you couldn't get locally.  Yeah I'm old, but I remember when preachers once burned R&R records.  When I was stationed in Germany we constantly listened to the pirate radio to hear what we wanted.  Same thing with Texas Radio.
 
2014-02-13 06:13:12 PM  
Yes.

/I like AM radio, too.
 
2014-02-13 06:14:46 PM  
sounds like a bunch of beer cans being opened.
 
2014-02-13 06:17:39 PM  
Radio, someone still loves youuuuuuuuuuuu
 
2014-02-13 06:18:43 PM  
I want my country back!
 
2014-02-13 06:19:09 PM  
Back in the day before Rush and his tribe took over, I liked AM. Local talk was pretty decent.

As mentioned, it's now only right wing echo chamber and sports talk. Yawn.

Now I only use my car "stereo" to listen to MP3's, usually eAudiobooks. That and NPR.
 
2014-02-13 06:22:03 PM  

Infobahn: I want my country back!


I want my western back!
 
2014-02-13 06:23:04 PM  
I like pop
I like soul
I like rock
but I never liked disco..:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjg39XRkjVc&feature=kp
 
2014-02-13 06:25:46 PM  

unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.


One of the AM stations here simu-broadcasts the morning TV news, so I listen to that on the way to work instead of the "WILD AND WACKY MORNING ZOO CRUE!!" crap that seems to be on every single FM station.  Easy enough to switch it back to FM for the drive home.

Plus, around 10PM AM radio here has that "Ground Zero" show.  If anyone ever really wore a tinfoil hat on his head, it had to be that guy.
 
2014-02-13 06:27:25 PM  
As someone who does play-by-play for high school basketball games on a Clear Channel station ... obviously, I hope it can be saved.  And I'd like to think it can be saved the way I'm working to save it -- with local, relate-able content that enhances events people are involved in.

Also, it can be saved as part of other media.  Stations have to stream, both via mobile apps and regular online channels.

The idea:  The medium itself (AM radio) may die, but at the very least, it should be doing what it can to make sure its content is able to translate to whatever the next media are.
 
2014-02-13 06:27:47 PM  
"I heard it, I heard it, I heard it on the X"


/old enough to have listened to it
//lived in El Paso
 
2014-02-13 06:28:13 PM  
I remember when AM WRKO in Boston played music and there were no FM stations. Now I can't remember the last time I listened to AM.
 
2014-02-13 06:28:27 PM  

unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.


Ooooh you make an excellent point.
 
2014-02-13 06:32:15 PM  
I wouldn't even save FM.

\satellite
\\oh wait yes I would
\\\keeps the commercials low on satellite
 
2014-02-13 06:35:36 PM  
What use is the AM band really? It's notoriously shiatty to get reception with and a cat can interfere with the signal.
 
2014-02-13 06:36:11 PM  
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2014-02-13 06:39:30 PM  
You whippersnappers and your "amplitude modulation." I only listen to the pristine nuance provided uniquely by continuous wave.
 
2014-02-13 06:44:05 PM  
nekom

I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.

Sorry, bro. That's so 2012. Everyone's so done that.....

*adjusts ultra-longwave receiver*

*smiles smugly*
 
2014-02-13 06:48:47 PM  

Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.


This so much. AM isn't a line of sight broadcast like FM is.
 
2014-02-13 06:49:23 PM  

styckx: What use is the AM band really? It's notoriously shiatty to get reception with and a cat can interfere with the signal.


Sports
 
2014-02-13 06:52:21 PM  

ladodger34: styckx: What use is the AM band really? It's notoriously shiatty to get reception with and a cat can interfere with the signal.

Sports


Art Bell too. Or whoever does is show now.
 
2014-02-13 06:53:50 PM  

strife: [s30.postimg.org image 211x240]


Fark that rat bastard
 
2014-02-13 06:56:08 PM  
We could probably preserve electric-arc Morse code preserved, too.
 
2014-02-13 07:00:04 PM  
I think it's in the best interested of the public. We have lots of older radios that only pick up AM. Tube style radios are immune to a EMP (Either from a Man Made or Natural). And to really put on your tin foil hat...Crystal Radios.
Don't even require a battery. And a six year old can build one.

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Also Digital Signals don't degrade gracefully...they are there are they're not so there's no "Buzzz...Crack" losing just a bit of info occasionally. If the Signal is week YOU GET NOTHING. (Wonka.jpg).
 
2014-02-13 07:01:49 PM  
TuteTibiImperes:...a better plan would be to just kill it and auction off the spectrum for wireless broadband.

Yeah, I can't wait to try WiFi on a 1.6 Mhz carrier. [eyeroll] AM radio isn't broken and doesn't need saving. It is what it is, a lo-fi broadcast medium that serves low budget broadcasters.
 
2014-02-13 07:02:09 PM  
WGN 720 is the only station I listen to. It is not political and I get to hear Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano. Gary Meyer at 3 pm is also worth listening to especially when Tom Skilling stops by.
 
2014-02-13 07:03:14 PM  

Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.


I once was able to listen to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on an LA station one night when I was helping out on my uncles farm in Saskatchewan.  I thought that was pretty damn cool
 
2014-02-13 07:03:54 PM  
The 540-1700khz band isn't useful for any type of communication except broadcast radio, so I can't imagine it going anywhere.

Agent Smiths Laugh: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Ooooh you make an excellent point.


Look, guys. Broadcast radio is a business. It has expenses and so it has to earn revenue. Whether you agree with it or not, people listen to this stuff, so the business can sell ads to meet expenses. You don't have to like it but that doesn't change the essential reality of the thing. The programming won't go away until it stops making a profit - if the AM radio band weren't there, the programming would be somewhere else.

And that's the whole problem. Broadcast radio is expensive and it requires a certain critical mass to stay viable. Back when there were only three radio stations in a city that wasn't hard to do, but nowadays everyone expects their entertainment to be customized to their preferences and it's just really hard to find something that appeals to enough people to be viable on a broadcast medium. If the Internet had been invented before broadcast radio, you'd never have heard of radio because it wouldn't have ever reached commercial viability. But now the infrastructure is there, and people are paying their mortgages from the revenues generated by radio, and it's no surprise that they'd like that to continue. Wat do? Local programming is awesome, but it's not free - that's why syndicated talkers came into being in the first place. It's cheaper than local talent.
 
2014-02-13 07:08:23 PM  
I really dig being able to pull in AM signals from all over the place.  Got a (relatively) cheap SW/MW/LW receiver a year or so ago--kinda cool.
 
2014-02-13 07:08:43 PM  
I thought they were reallocating the frequencies into cellular communication?

Either that or more mind control, my recollection is getting fuzzy.
 
2014-02-13 07:08:45 PM  
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2014-02-13 07:11:11 PM  

bearded clamorer: strife: [s30.postimg.org image 211x240]

Fark that rat bastard


Couldn't agree more.
 
2014-02-13 07:11:39 PM  
We had a cabin on a river...where the only free signal you could get was AM radio. AM can go lots of miles and doesn't require any special subscriptions.
That the most compelling argument is asking "Why" sell it off?  AM transmission are free to anyone with a coil of wire and couple of crystals. Why should that be stopped?

Who profits from selling off that bandwidth? Moving to a subscription only services for radio is simply putting a vital emergency commutation ability into the hands of corporations that would require selling not only subscriptions but also specialized receivers with built in digital rights management built in.
 
2014-02-13 07:13:40 PM  
i only listen to 8-tracks in my car, AM radio is a dead medium
 
2014-02-13 07:18:52 PM  
Get off my lawn.
s22.postimg.org
 
2014-02-13 07:18:58 PM  
AM just means you didn't click the mode button on your steering wheel the correct number of times.
 
2014-02-13 07:21:20 PM  

Salmon: I thought they were reallocating the frequencies into cellular communication?


Not the AM radio band - the frequency is much too low for cellular or broadband communication.
 
2014-02-13 07:21:28 PM  

oldernell: BizarreMan: Clear Channel

That once meant something good.  At night you could listen to "clear channels" everywhere in the nation.  WLS, WSB, and many others were the only ones allowed to broadcast after dark on those frequencies. They often played music you couldn't get locally.  Yeah I'm old, but I remember when preachers once burned R&R records.  When I was stationed in Germany we constantly listened to the pirate radio to hear what we wanted.  Same thing with Texas Radio.


I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-02-13 07:22:23 PM  

nekom: I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.


If you're listening to Mongolia, you are listening to shortwave.

AM may be a dying, er, format, but hobbyists love it.  There are a number of evangelical stations in my area, as well as golden oldies, several country, and several hispanic.  Handful of talk radio, as well.  I'd be disappointed to see it go right away, but perhaps in 20-30 years.

I don't think it would be wise to give it up for wireless; UHF, HAM, VHF and shortwaves could still interfere.  I think.  I am not an expert.
 
2014-02-13 07:23:31 PM  

BizarreMan: dnrtfa:  What's the point?


All sports and news, and most talk radio, in Los Angeles is AM based.
 
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2014-02-13 07:24:01 PM  
Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark

Holy crap.

Dogpants: One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.

HOLY CRAP!
 
2014-02-13 07:25:21 PM  
Gotcha, thanks!

I remember something going up for auction awhile back, I couldn't remember whether it was AM or not.
 
2014-02-13 07:27:23 PM  
Old timer here. I used to set in my room, late at night in the Northeast, picking up St. Louis and New Orleans on my Channel Master. I still have it, complete with the strap case.

/The skip is awesome
 
2014-02-13 07:28:30 PM  
I listen to the AM news station out of Seattle (KOMO AM 1000), because the only other news station in the area, KIRO FM has talking heads all day who are not just stupid, but annoying (Dori Monson is a mouthbreathing farkstick, Ron & Don are annoying as hell, and Dave Ross is at least palatable, but boring. I want to hear news, not opinion).

KOMO is a nice little bastion of even-handed news reporting- and all they do is news, 24/7. Which I like when I have to drive to the post office or the bank.

But I don't think it's typical of modern AM.
 
2014-02-13 07:30:25 PM  
I only listen to x-ray radio. It's got a warmth the others don't.
 
2014-02-13 07:30:47 PM  
Dogpants:
I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.

That's pretty amazing.
 
2014-02-13 07:31:23 PM  

Lonestar: [changeoffaces.files.wordpress.com image 584x436]


Ah yes, Snap, Crack, and Hiss, my favorite... uh... magical elf chefs!
 
2014-02-13 07:31:42 PM  

nekom: I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.


I thought all the hipsters listened to the Lincolnshire Poacher

/would be a great hipster/nerdcore band name
 
2014-02-13 07:31:53 PM  
I got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the car, got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the AM sound, got the
(Radio On!)
Got the rockin' modern neon sound
(Radio On!)
I got the car from Massachusetts, got the
(Radio On!)
I got the power of Massachusetts when it's late at night
(Radio On!)
I got the modern sounds of modern Massachusetts
I've got the world, got the turnpike, got the
I've got the, got the power of the AM
Got the, late at night, rock & roll late at night
The factories and the auto signs got the power of modern sounds
Alright

Let's face it; without AM radio, we'd all still be listening to the farkin' Eagles and the flares on our patchwork jeans would cover our farkin' platform shoes...
 
2014-02-13 07:35:59 PM  
Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.
 
2014-02-13 07:38:04 PM  
It's something to listen to besides 8-tracks.
 
2014-02-13 07:39:56 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.


Phil Hendrie is still on? You just made my day! He left his radio show and tried a TV project a few years ago, I never knew he went back to radio.
 
2014-02-13 07:43:10 PM  
The loss of radio lawyer Len Tillem has rendered the entire institution of AM radio useless.
 
2014-02-13 07:43:14 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: BizarreMan: dnrtfa:  What's the point?

They list a few reasons, but a better plan would be to just kill it and auction off the spectrum for wireless broadband.

If their stance is that AM radio is cheaper to operate and thus leads to a more diverse broadcast voice, internet radio is cheaper still.

Let's put out enough spectrum that truly unlimited LTE becomes an affordable reality for everyone.


Wireless broadband?  You may want to think about that for a minute. The frequencies involved are really only good for what they're being used for... there is very little 'band width' available in the AM broadcast band.

540-1610 kHz -- that's kiloHertz.  That's a total span of about 1mHz of bandwidth.

a 4G LTE signals use 10 to 20mHz

You couldn't even license one carrier in a geographic area to provide any reasonably "high speed" wireless data in that range.
 
2014-02-13 07:46:25 PM  
www.943knews.com

And Fark's favorite...
 
2014-02-13 07:47:13 PM  
Don't take my AM radio!  Conservative Talk radio makes me laugh so hard...Really the Derp is tangible.  http://www.cfra.com/
 
2014-02-13 07:50:15 PM  

Billy Liar: Let's face it; without AM radio, we'd all still be listening to the farkin' Eagles and the flares on our patchwork jeans would cover our farkin' platform shoes...



Ahh..no. FM was where most of the "Cool Music" was in the 70's. Album oriented stuff.

AM was "Captain and Tanelle", the Carpenters, Glen Campbell, and Jon Denver. Stuff for 13 yo girls.

FM was Pick Floyd, Led Zepplin, Rush, YES, Zappa, Queen, Suptertramp, Blue Oyster Cult...and things that wouldn't play on non Album oriented AM "Sugar Pop" "Bubble Gum" stations.

Heck---- Most FM stations in the late 70's would have a "Album" hour..and play a entire Album with no commercials,...or a new Album. And encourage people to fire up their cassette decks. With a pause after 45mins for people to flip the sides of the cassette tape while the DJ turned the Album over to side 2.

A little known fact was in the 1970's each black Cassette Tape you purchased had a few pennies pushed back to the RIAA. So, not only was it legal to copy albums and FM radio shows---it was actively encouraged.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_copying_levy

Sorry..that's a shallow search..but gives a reader an idea.You could copy for friends and trade with friends just don't sell or publish.
 
2014-02-13 07:53:26 PM  

fusillade762: Infobahn: I want my country back!

I want my western back!


I want my MTV  (1980s version)
 
2014-02-13 07:56:58 PM  
I must point out that the real quality of AM radios has been going down over time, and just getting cheaper because that is a place that manufacturers can cut corners.

Old school radios, even in old cars, have better reception.

now you can't tune in a station to save your life unless it has crazy amounts of power.
 
2014-02-13 07:57:43 PM  

optikeye: I think it's in the best interested of the public. We have lots of older radios that only pick up AM. Tube style radios are immune to a EMP (Either from a Man Made or Natural). And to really put on your tin foil hat...Crystal Radios.
Don't even require a battery. And a six year old can build one.

Also Digital Signals don't degrade gracefully...they are there are they're not so there's no "Buzzz...Crack" losing just a bit of info occasionally. If the Signal is week YOU GET NOTHING. (Wonka.jpg).


"You get nothing" was one of the selling points of FM in decades past - at least around here.  No static just smooth nothingness.
I have no idea where THAT went though, most times when in my auto there's plenty of FM static - sounds just like AM did - at least as bad as WABC during a Yankees game.

BTW- THANKS for the image of the crystal set.  I was trying to explain it to students and they were looking at me like I had 3 noggins.
No Physics or Electronics in HS I guess.
 
2014-02-13 08:00:10 PM  
I'd like to see some of the deregulation that lead to media conglomeration rolled back. That's part of the death of both AM and FM.

I'm lucky enough to be able to pick up several college FM stations at work and a few good music AM stations (at least during the day). I'd certainly like to have those college stations on AM as well so I could get the stations in the suburbs. It's about finding some new music.

Sure, AM is a wasteland of talk radio most places, but I'd hate to have FM become that, and there are vast swathes of the country that are undeserved by TV and radio, and AM is a lifeline there.

I would like to see more music on AM. I don't know what all the answers are for it, but it seems silly to throw it out. My AM dial may not be where I'm at most days but it's full so someone is listening.
 
2014-02-13 08:00:28 PM  

skaya: I must point out that the real quality of AM radios has been going down over time, and just getting cheaper because that is a place that manufacturers can cut corners.

Old school radios, even in old cars, have better reception.

now you can't tune in a station to save your life unless it has crazy amounts of power.


IIRC, one of my first cars, an 80's model Dodge, had a stereo AM radio. I'm not sure I've seen one since. Maybe they all are?
 
2014-02-13 08:00:33 PM  

uber humper: [www.943knews.com image 650x250]

And Fark's favorite...


Holy CHRIST!  What a show!
 
2014-02-13 08:06:47 PM  

fusillade762: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Came to say basically this.


I sense a lot of butthurt in the fact that absolutely no one listened to AirAmerica. Conservative opinions are far more prevalent than liberal ones. You'll grow up and get over it.
 
2014-02-13 08:07:33 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.

I once was able to listen to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on an LA station one night when I was helping out on my uncles farm in Saskatchewan.  I thought that was pretty damn cool


As a kid in Baltimore I would hear Radio Cuba late at night.  In New Haven CT I could get some radio out of Tonawonda NY. That's where I first heard Elton John.

CSB- at my friends house after leaving 8th grade ceremony.  He's showing me the radio he received as a gift -"what's this FM dial do?"
"Oh it's like Dentist music"
"Really?"
"Yeah here listen - it's mostly nothing and a bit of  - HOLY CARP!"
It was the Yale University FM radio playing Lydia Pense and Cold Blood's brand new "THRILLER" LP
- we were never the same -
 
2014-02-13 08:08:23 PM  

optikeye: Billy Liar: Let's face it; without AM radio, we'd all still be listening to the farkin' Eagles and the flares on our patchwork jeans would cover our farkin' platform shoes...


Ahh..no. FM was where most of the "Cool Music" was in the 70's. Album oriented stuff.

AM was "Captain and Tanelle", the Carpenters, Glen Campbell, and Jon Denver. Stuff for 13 yo girls.

FM was Pick Floyd, Led Zepplin, Rush, YES, Zappa, Queen, Suptertramp, Blue Oyster Cult...and things that wouldn't play on non Album oriented AM "Sugar Pop" "Bubble Gum" stations.

Heck---- Most FM stations in the late 70's would have a "Album" hour..and play a entire Album with no commercials,...or a new Album. And encourage people to fire up their cassette decks. With a pause after 45mins for people to flip the sides of the cassette tape while the DJ turned the Album over to side 2.

A little known fact was in the 1970's each black Cassette Tape you purchased had a few pennies pushed back to the RIAA. So, not only was it legal to copy albums and FM radio shows---it was actively encouraged.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_copying_levy

Sorry..that's a shallow search..but gives a reader an idea.You could copy for friends and trade with friends just don't sell or publish.


Yes, but AM radio then had a high playlist turnover.  A song might get the fark played out of it for 2 weeks, by which time something else had come along, and you could listen to five different kinds of song in a half hour.  FM put on the nine-minute song and made sure to mention that Tom Scholz out of Boston  went to MIT and made his own amp, and anyone that used an acoustic guitar intro to a song was no doubt "classically trained".  Yeah, I admit those are stereotypes, but nonetheless, they're true.  Agree to disagree.
 
2014-02-13 08:14:26 PM  

Lee451: fusillade762: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Came to say basically this.

I sense a lot of butthurt in the fact that absolutely no one listened to AirAmerica. Conservative opinions are far more prevalent than liberal ones. You'll grow up and get over it.


Liberals don't need an echo chamber to validate their beliefs.
 
2014-02-13 08:15:08 PM  

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.


fark. Yes.
 
2014-02-13 08:17:10 PM  
B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers
Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady
Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire
Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction
Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter
Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story
Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama
Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'


Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie
 
2014-02-13 08:17:21 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?


His Internet radio station, where he plans to restart his show once he can get out of the Sirius/XM contract he signed.

/Sorry Art hasn't been on AM for a few years now, except in reruns.
 
2014-02-13 08:18:28 PM  
Radio, it's a sound salvation.  Radios can still transfer information from here to there when wires can't.   A watt or two of transmit can get halfway around the world.  CQCQCQ
 
2014-02-13 08:20:21 PM  
When you are driving long distance at night AM is nice because the 50 kilowatt day and night stations you can keep on the same station for like the entire trip because you can pick up a station from like hundreds of miles away.
 
2014-02-13 08:20:24 PM  
uber humper:

Phil Hendrie is still on? You just made my day! He left his radio show and tried a TV project a few years ago, I never knew he went back to radio.

He left KFI in June 2006.  The TV thing failed.  Then he was on TRN, with a political type talk show.  That was going nowhere, so he started including more and more of the skits.  Now he owns his show, and does the classic skit type show.  Most of the old characters are back.  Go to his website, and you can watch his webcam as he does the show (requires subscription, i think).  People still call in thinking that the guests are real.

If you haven't look up the skit titled "thunderbird"
 
2014-02-13 08:20:41 PM  
Let it die.  FM can go too as far as I care.

/Sirius FTW
 
2014-02-13 08:22:41 PM  

Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.


Sounds like WWVA in Wheeling. I picked that up once as a kid and they were running announcements telling coal miners which shifts would be working at certain mines--and so, by extension, how well some of them would be eating in the coming days. They don't teach you stuff like that in school.
 
2014-02-13 08:23:44 PM  

fusillade762: Lee451: fusillade762: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Came to say basically this.

I sense a lot of butthurt in the fact that absolutely no one listened to AirAmerica. Conservative opinions are far more prevalent than liberal ones. You'll grow up and get over it.

Liberals don't need an echo chamber to validate their beliefs.


Then why listen to MSNBC? Do they tell you what to believe?
 
2014-02-13 08:24:31 PM  

enry: Let it die.  FM can go too as far as I care.

/Sirius FTW


Sirius FTW?

You mean FM Lite, with censored songs, playlists as shallow as a high school cheerleader, and shiatty, over compressed sound that makes AM sound good?
 
2014-02-13 08:25:22 PM  

fusillade762: Lee451: fusillade762: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Came to say basically this.

I sense a lot of butthurt in the fact that absolutely no one listened to AirAmerica. Conservative opinions are far more prevalent than liberal ones. You'll grow up and get over it.

Liberals don't need an echo chamber to validate their beliefs.


Exactly.  Who needs an echo chamber when you have this...

gallery.photo.net
 
2014-02-13 08:28:03 PM  
I remember listening to NYC and Chicago stations on the skip at night all the way in rural Rockbridge Co., Va when I was a kid.
 
2014-02-13 08:29:21 PM  

Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.


I'm the same with WBBM 780 in Chicago.  On a clear night, I can pick it up with very little static.  Sometimes it makes me feel like I'm really not that far away.
 
2014-02-13 08:34:01 PM  
Let it die, then increase the permitted power from legal unlicensed transmitters for "neighborhood radio"...
 
2014-02-13 08:38:51 PM  
You had your time.
You had the power.
You've yet to have your finest hour.
 
2014-02-13 08:42:03 PM  
No, and thank god not. AM is inhabited solely by spittle-from-the-mouth religious and political herpa-derpers and listened to only by their frothing-at-the-brain followers. Let it die and be reclaimed for a real purpose -- the sooner, the better.

/in the US market; overseas not so much
 
2014-02-13 08:47:54 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.

I once was able to listen to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on an LA station one night when I was helping out on my uncles farm in Saskatchewan.  I thought that was pretty damn cool


This. I grew up in Saskatchewan and some nights you could go through the AM dial and get LA, Phoenix, etc.
 
2014-02-13 08:48:07 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: enry: Let it die.  FM can go too as far as I care.

/Sirius FTW

Sirius FTW?

You mean FM Lite, with censored songs, playlists as shallow as a high school cheerleader, and shiatty, over compressed sound that makes AM sound good?


Ah, no.  Haven't run into a single one of those problems.
 
2014-02-13 09:02:43 PM  

optikeye: I think it's in the best interested of the public. We have lots of older radios that only pick up AM. Tube style radios are immune to a EMP (Either from a Man Made or Natural). And to really put on your tin foil hat...Crystal Radios.
Don't even require a battery. And a six year old can build one.

[thumbs2.ebaystatic.com image 223x225]


Also Digital Signals don't degrade gracefully...they are there are they're not so there's no "Buzzz...Crack" losing just a bit of info occasionally. If the Signal is week YOU GET NOTHING. (Wonka.jpg).


These.

Also, the AM band has very little usage possible other than what it is already being used for.  You know how sound quality on AM radio is crap?  Imagine what that means for data.  "Freeing up" the spectrum just means it'll sit there unused.  May as well make the most out of it.

Also, while the sound quality isn't great on AM, it's more than enough for news/talk/weather and even passable for certain types of music.  Rap and Hip Hop aren't going to do very well on AM, but Country and some Rock sound decent enough.  Getting sent to the middle of nowhere in Nevada for work sometimes I spent a good chunk of time listening to a "Classic Country" AM station from as far as 250 miles away, and the music sounded alright.  Not great, but alright.
 
2014-02-13 09:07:18 PM  
I equate AM radio with 3.5 minutes of 'talk' followed by 21 minutes of annoying radio ads. Effectively un-listenable.
 
2014-02-13 09:07:56 PM  

Lee451: B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers
Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady
Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire
Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction
Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter
Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story
Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama
Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'


Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie


Awesome song, I've got it on my iPod.
 
2014-02-13 09:16:13 PM  
There's something special about listening to a baseball game on AM radio... particularly on a hot summer night.  Sitting back after a nice grilled dinner, sipping on a freshly poured drink, and listening to the sounds of a summer evening mingle with the sounds of the game... pure amplitude modulating heaven.

I had a great AM radio experience once while driving back to Connecticut from Maryland.  The Boston Red Sox were playing the Baltimore Orioles.  I'd started listening to the Orioles home broadcast of the game on 1090-AM (WBAL out of Baltimore).  As I made my way north, and without touching the dial, I started picking up the  Red Sox away broadcast on 1080-AM (WTIC out of Hartford).  The atmospherics were such that, as one broadcast would fade out... the other would fade in.  For a good part of the drive, it made for a most unique listening experience.
 
2014-02-13 09:25:43 PM  

Lee451: fusillade762: unlikely: AM Radio is safely in the hands of insane mouth-frothing right wingers. It doesn't need saving, it needs quarantine.

Came to say basically this.

I sense a lot of butthurt in the fact that absolutely no one listened to AirAmerica. Conservative opinions are far more prevalent than liberal ones. You'll grow up and get over it.


Of course.  This is why Obama was elected twice.  Try again.

Right-wing derp radio sells because it's confrontational and sensational.
 
2014-02-13 09:29:17 PM  
Lee451:Conservative opinions are far more prevalent  louder than liberal ones.
 
2014-02-13 09:34:26 PM  

ChrisDe: Lee451:Conservative opinions are far more prevalent  louder than liberal ones

pointed and laughed at.
 
2014-02-13 09:40:20 PM  
And none of you mention WLW, the Big One, AM 700 Cincinnati?  For shame.  My college roommate was a Reds fan, and I showed him how to use the AM in his car to listen to the Reds games.

These days AM is limited to 50 KW, but back in the 1930s WLW experimented with a 500 KW signal.  That's serious Radio Moscow or BBC or Voice of America shortwave power.
 
2014-02-13 09:52:58 PM  

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
[s22.postimg.org image 482x480]


Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....
 
2014-02-13 09:56:19 PM  

BizarreMan: Lee451: B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers
Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady
Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire
Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction
Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter
Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story
Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama
Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'


Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Awesome song, I've got it on my iPod.


NO. It's not. It's awful. Icky 70s schlock. And it's got horrible earworm powers that, after thirty-five years of dorman... YOU SON OF A BIATCH!
 
2014-02-13 09:58:19 PM  

b0rscht: Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
[s22.postimg.org image 482x480]

Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....


Sad to see that Larry Lujack just died. Spent many a night listening to him. Superjock.
 
2014-02-13 10:01:56 PM  

optikeye: I think it's in the best interested of the public. We have lots of older radios that only pick up AM. Tube style radios are immune to a EMP (Either from a Man Made or Natural). And to really put on your tin foil hat...Crystal Radios.
Don't even require a battery. And a six year old can build one.

[thumbs2.ebaystatic.com image 223x225]


Also Digital Signals don't degrade gracefully...they are there are they're not so there's no "Buzzz...Crack" losing just a bit of info occasionally. If the Signal is week YOU GET NOTHING. (Wonka.jpg).


Not exactly "nothing". Have you heard D-Star (digital ham radio mode)? Weak signals "go R2D2". I did the computer side of a D-Star installation and had an ICOM rig to play with for a few months. Got bored with it fast. It's too bad they didn't squeeze more fidelity out of that mode - sounds like a bad cell phone even with a clean strong signal. Hopefully something better will come along.
 
2014-02-13 10:02:34 PM  

ChrisDe: b0rscht: Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
[s22.postimg.org image 482x480]

Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....

Sad to see that Larry Lujack just died. Spent many a night listening to him. Superjock.


I did not know that until now. shiat.
 
2014-02-13 10:02:36 PM  

nekom: I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.


Xun Lai has some really interesting opinions on horse in cooking.  I never miss a show.
 
2014-02-13 10:15:39 PM  

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
[s22.postimg.org image 482x480]


I always enjoyed listening to that and chuckling to hear the name "Himan Brown".
static4.wikia.nocookie.net


All 1,399 episodes are available here:
https://archive.org/details/cbs_radio_mystery_theater
 
2014-02-13 10:26:05 PM  

AgentKGB: Representative of the unwashed masses: Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.

I once was able to listen to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on an LA station one night when I was helping out on my uncles farm in Saskatchewan.  I thought that was pretty damn cool

This. I grew up in Saskatchewan and some nights you could go through the AM dial and get LA, Phoenix, etc.


I used to regularly listen to WOWO (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) and WLS (Chicago) at the oceanfront at Virginia Beach, VA

/and the rock and roll or WRNO on the shortwave band
 
2014-02-13 10:42:02 PM  
I've always loved AM radio. Ever since I was a kid growing up listening to AM 1000 in Chicago, Johnny B, Kevin Matthews, Steve and Garry.  I remember listening to the Blackhawks and the Cubs with my dad and grandpa and staying up late to hear the sex advice show late at night with my aunt.  AM radio is just so nostalgic and comforting to me.  Like others have said, I love tuning in stations from far away, or when I'm driving late at night, finding some weird talk show to keep me company.

When I was smaller, we had to drive back and forth from Chicago to Rochester, NY about three times a year and I remember being snuggled under blankets in the backseat of the station wagon, everyone asleep, my dad tuning in the static filled WGN to catch the scores and highlights.  It helped put me to sleep.  I still listen to talk radio whenever I can, but I think the hay day of great AM radio is well past.
 
2014-02-13 11:31:27 PM  
We used to have a "Progressive" AM station in PDX but now it's a sports station, so other than the occasional curiosity of seeing what wacko they have on Coast to Coast, AM is basically worthless around here.
 
2014-02-13 11:58:38 PM  

Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.


That sounds like WLAC out of Nashville.  I first discovered WLAC in the early '90s when they had the crazy preachers.  One was Roosevelt Franklin and he sold what I remember them calling a 'trouble doll.'  The announcer would say that Mr. Smith's gout healed itself after he bought a trouble doll and stuff like that.  The best was that a lady's son got out of jail after she bought a trouble doll.

I've loved AM radio ever since then.  At night in my car I can get a million stations and there's always something that's entertaining.
 
2014-02-14 12:01:25 AM  

AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.


I was a Hendrie fan up until his retirement in 2006.  What little I've heard in the last couple of years wasn't very good.
 
2014-02-14 12:15:11 AM  
Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.
 
2014-02-14 12:19:44 AM  

Lance Russell's Nose: Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.

That sounds like WLAC out of Nashville.  I first discovered WLAC in the early '90s when they had the crazy preachers.  One was Roosevelt Franklin and he sold what I remember them calling a 'trouble doll.'  The announcer would say that Mr. Smith's gout healed itself after he bought a trouble doll and stuff like that.  The best was that a lady's son got out of jail after she bought a trouble doll.

I've loved AM radio ever since then.  At night in my car I can get a million stations and there's always something that's entertaining.


I've picked up WLAC as far north as WI and as far west as NM
 
2014-02-14 12:24:03 AM  
No more AM radio progrums? Couldn't help thinking of:

www.hrwiki.org

Hey... who put a bengal tiger in the kaiser's latrine??
 
2014-02-14 12:46:25 AM  

Nick Nostril: Back in the day before Rush and his tribe took over, I liked AM. Local talk was pretty decent.

As mentioned, it's now only right wing echo chamber and sports talk. Yawn.

Now I only use my car "stereo" to listen to MP3's, usually eAudiobooks. That and NPR.


You didn't need to add "and NPR". It's obvious.  Tell me, how do you ever find the time to write in your journal?
 
2014-02-14 12:49:19 AM  

optikeye: We had a cabin on a river...where the only free signal you could get was AM radio. AM can go lots of miles and doesn't require any special subscriptions.
That the most compelling argument is asking "Why" sell it off?  AM transmission are free to anyone with a coil of wire and couple of crystals. Why should that be stopped?

Who profits from selling off that bandwidth? Moving to a subscription only services for radio is simply putting a vital emergency commutation ability into the hands of corporations that would require selling not only subscriptions but also specialized receivers with built in digital rights management built in.


Odd that all this stuff is being sold off and I've never received a check. Coal, lumber, oil, roads. About everything we had you can imagine.

I remember my crystal radio. Also back then they played some reruns of the old mysteries and scary shows where they made all the sounds in the studio. Clip clop clip clop. I'd listen in bed in the dark.
 
2014-02-14 12:53:33 AM  
Back in the 30's my dad and uncle used to listen to the big bands out of Chicago on dads home made Crystal Radio he made out of an oatmeal cylinder. They would each share an ear phone. We lived in Rochester at the time, I got the radio bug from him.
 
2014-02-14 01:05:56 AM  
If you're listening to Mongolia, you are listening to shortwave.

Not necessarily.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_H0cmRibrg

LW stations carry around the world on long winter nights.  I have logged dozens of European and African stations from Toronto.  Mongolia would be harder but it is possible.
 
2014-02-14 01:32:02 AM  

Otto's_Jacket: Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.


Listened to it as a kid in the late 80's Nebraska.  Was quite bummed when they moved the music to FM and went all religious.
 
2014-02-14 01:52:23 AM  
We were 5000w at 540khz in Louisiana. Easy 200 mile coverage in any direction. Left at daytime power by accident once and I heard it in Wyoming. We recieved many letter from Norway and Sweden. Also the New Zealand and Australia area. FM can never match the distance of AM radio. AM has a long life ahead with HD digital broadcast. FM quality over AM distance. In the event of a major national disaster it is invaluable. I could cobble together a AM station with a transmitter and 400 feet of wire and a small honda generator and cover a multistate area. But keep thinking the internet and cell phones will save you. My sprint service doest work if I get 5 miles from a major interstate. Look up WLW for the nations station 500kw station. That thing covered North and South America and was ofter heard in Europe.
 
2014-02-14 01:57:09 AM  

Fursecution: Otto's_Jacket: Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.

Listened to it as a kid in the late 80's Nebraska.  Was quite bummed when they moved the music to FM and went all religious.


I worked at the station while I was in college (from 1989-1991) and would jump on KOMA almost every weekend overnight while I was playing long songs on the FM side...that oldies format was a hell of a lot of fun with one liner jokes in between each 2:00 song, all night long.  The weekend overnight AM jock who would let me on the air with him would drink an entire 6-pack of Jolt cola during his shift so he could maintain the "do-wop" style jock energy he felt he needed.  Good times, good times...


/my lawn, fertilize or step off
 
2014-02-14 02:24:30 AM  

merrillvillain: WGN 720 is the only station I listen to. It is not political and I get to hear Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano. Gary Meyer at 3 pm is also worth listening to especially when Tom Skilling stops by.


I pick up WGN on a regular basis over the air in Texas after dark. The signal gets boosted around the tail end of Garry's show. Sometimes I get a little bleedover from some (presumably) Mexican station playing mariachi music, but when they say 38 states, that isn't marketing-department bullshiat.
 
2014-02-14 08:14:33 AM  
Came for Everclear, leaving happy
 
2014-02-14 09:10:51 AM  

rick42: Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.

Sounds like WWVA in Wheeling. I picked that up once as a kid and they were running announcements telling coal miners which shifts would be working at certain mines--and so, by extension, how well some of them would be eating in the coming days. They don't teach you stuff like that in school.


The station I worked at was KXEL in Waterloo, Iowa, 50kw at night at 1540 khz.  I remember as a kid (late '60s--get off my lawn) learning about hippie music on KAAY in Little Rock--"Beeker Street", (which we called "Reefer Street") late at night.  Sounded unlike anything I'd ever heard in Iowa!  Later would listen to WBAP in Fort Worth in the early morning while driving to work to sign on another station in Northeast Iowa, KNEI in Waukon.  Loved doing radio, although the most I ever made was $17,900 a year as a news director in a top 100 market.
 
2014-02-14 09:30:44 AM  

uber humper: AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.

Phil Hendrie is still on? You just made my day! He left his radio show and tried a TV project a few years ago, I never knew he went back to radio.


His new show, to put it mildly, sucks.

/aged 'gloid
 
2014-02-14 09:40:01 AM  

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
[s22.postimg.org image 482x480]


You, sir, are welcome on my lawn anytime.

/loved that show
 
2014-02-14 12:17:19 PM  
I don't know why it hasn't been mentioned yet, but one of the coolest things that can be done with AM is park a bit transmitter in Seoul and broadcast the real world to a bunch of people who are starving for information in "Best Korea"

I am not sure if they are doing this, but there is a REAL use for AM that can really change the world.  I assume that they are.
 
2014-02-14 05:15:35 PM  
It's not going anywhere. Have a ton of am stations here, quite a few still are music stations, playing oldies, older oldies, adult contemporary, top 40, nostalgia (1920-30's), childrens, classic rock, gospel, hip hop, and variety. Along with a much broader range of news, sports, and talk shows than most much bigger cities can claim. And liberals on talk, too.

The hip hop station WAMO sadly changed from soul, rnb less than 10yrs ago. along with the fm stations playing current rock at the time it was my main station growing up. Motown ftw.

Yinz might have more am stations and formats than you think. Try radio-locator.com. select your city ; there are filtering options at the bottom of the page.

/Pgh
//has first commercial radio station KDKA Nov.2 1920
///KDKA tv (started as WDTV) began in 1949, the first local station to create a network; had 13 stations spanning Boston to St.Louis
 
2014-02-15 01:22:46 AM  
The AM spectrum looks like this:

Jesus-Sports-Conservatives-Sports-Conservatives-Jesus-Jesus-Sports-Co n servatives-Mariachi

I should give a shiat...why?
 
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