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Re: ghosts of am's past
In a message dated 5/29/00 2:51:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< If the situation is so bad...and little (if any) money is to be made up
there, why were these stations allowed to go on the air in the first
place? Why would anyone want to put a radio station in an area where
there are no listeners, etc. (AM or FM, for that matter)? >>
During the 1980's, there was a proliferation of new FM allocations to areas
that were allegedly underserved. In reality, while the COL may not have had
a radio station, those areas where served by larger regional signals from
nearby areas. Little consideration was given to the long-term economic
viability of these stations.
Why did people want them? Lots of people had a dream of owning their own
radio station and it is not uncommon for people to think they could succeed
where others have failed.
In my opinion, many of these new FM stations in rural Maine would have gone
dark by now if the ownership limits had not been changed. As stand alone
operstions, they where doomed from the start. As part of larger groups, they
can survive and in some cases, contribute to the companies profits.
As for the dark AMs in rural Maine: in most cases those stations where the
first and only allocations to those areas. When FM allocations where later
added, the AMs become less important and faded away.
-- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine