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    Quote Originally Posted by frankberry View Post


    And let the owners of all these AM stations lose everything?
    All investment involves risk. If they wanted their money safe, they should have put it in the bank, munis or T-bills. Anybody who has owned an AM station for less than 20 years, should have seen this coming and chose to make a bad investment. Anybody who has owned a station longer, probably got their money back long ago and chose to keep flushing money. They had a chance to cash out when Clear Channel and other mega-owners were on buying binges. I shed no tears. Besides "loose everything?" I doubt AM radio is the only asset of these owners.

    When I-75 opened, how many owners of restaurants and other small businesses along US-10 and US-23 went out of business? It happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Madison View Post
    Don't save it. It's too late. Shut it down.
    There are presently plenty of AM stations making good profits.

    They tend to be good technical facilities in larger markets and local stations in smaller towns and communities.

    The ones that are not doing as well are more often daytimers or stations whose facility does not do an adequate job of covering the market they are in.

    None of this is motive for shutting the AM band down. Let market forces handle the stations that can no longer thrive, and let the others last as long as they find a reasonable rate of return.

    In fact, there are over 300 rated market AM stations in the US billing over $1 million dollars. That is about the number of AM stations with good enough signals to serve their communities adequately.
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    None of this is motive for shutting the AM band down. Let market forces handle the stations that can no longer thrive, and let the others last as long as they find a reasonable rate of return.

    Exactly! There is no financial reason or motivation for the government or any industry source to call for the shut-down of the AM broadcast band. The band itself is completely useless for any form of modern digital communications and for all it's faults, still has enough "Boomers" and "Gen-X" age listeners.

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    Market forces (so called) don't work very well. Never have, never will.
    Especially, since radio is a government-protected oligopoly in which competition is minimized and beneficiaries are given free use of the spectrum - not even former (and token) public service requirements.
    If you really want "market forces," allocations should be auctioned, paid for, with no right of automatic renewal (after three or five years, hold another auction).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly A View Post
    Exactly! There is no financial reason or motivation for the government or any industry source to call for the shut-down of the AM broadcast band. The band itself is completely useless for any form of modern digital communications and for all it's faults, still has enough "Boomers" and "Gen-X" age listeners.
    Why not put the LP's on the AM instead of the FM? Now might be a good time to start migrating LPFM's licensing to the AM band, and I'm inclined to think Trump's FCC will do just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Madison View Post
    Anybody who has owned an AM station for less than 20 years, should have seen this coming and chose to make a bad investment.
    Tell that to Lotus Communications, who recently paid $3m more for KFWB in Boss Angeles than the present owner purchased it for eight months ago! Not a bad return on investment. Doubt they'll surrender the license and walk away....but there are plenty of other Ancient Modulation owners not as lucky and may have to do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by indieradioguy View Post
    Why not put the LP's on the AM instead of the FM? Now might be a good time to start migrating LPFM's licensing to the AM band, and I'm inclined to think Trump's FCC will do just that.
    YIKES. That would NOT make AM great again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAkbar View Post
    Tell that to Lotus Communications, who recently paid $3m more for KFWB in Boss Angeles than the present owner purchased it for eight months ago! Not a bad return on investment. Doubt they'll surrender the license and walk away....but there are plenty of other Ancient Modulation owners not as lucky and may have to do that.
    In that particular case, they're going to use the frequency to program to a minority who is desperate for any kind of service, even if the audio quality is bad. That's what AM owners have to do, and why so much of the dial is "unlistenable" to most people. AM was popular when there was no other option. Once other options became as easy to receive, people chose better audio quality. But when they have no choice, they're willing to put up with crap.

    The problem with the AM revitalization plan created by the FCC is it's giving AM owners access to something they didn't buy, which is FM spectrum. That's unfair. I've never supported this translator idea, and I agree with those who say it's adding more clutter to an already crowded FM band. But the history of the FCC has been to take something that's successful, and ruin it. That's what they did over 30 years ago with Docket 80-90. This is more of the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Madison View Post
    Especially, since radio is a government-protected oligopoly in which competition is minimized and beneficiaries are given free use of the spectrum
    Except that the government has basically stopped protecting the spectrum. In fact one Commissioner has suggested turning over policing of pirates to the licensees. The government in this case has simply become a money-collection device. And the spectrum use is NOT free. There are charges imposed by the government over its use. They were just increased this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    But when they have no choice, they're willing to put up with crap.
    A founding principle of the Buckeye Media Hut!

    I've never supported this translator idea, and I agree with those who say it's adding more clutter to an already crowded FM band.
    True dat. And the FCC won't be satisfied until FM is just as junked up as AM. Soon there'll be more stations on the dial than Starbucks locations in the Valley!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post

    The ones that are not doing as well are more often daytimers or stations whose facility does not do an adequate job of covering the market they are in.
    That would describe every AM station in metro Phoenix at night. Not even KFYI and KTAR put a clear signal into the far east valley.
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