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Re: ghosts of am's past

Because back in the 40's or 50's when those 1kw AM's went on,  that is ALL 
that could beheard in local isolated areas.  At that time, almost no one 
listened to FM, and there were very few FM's around, too.  Right now, up in 
Bangor, (which isn't all THAT far north), there are only two-and-a-half 
signals you can pick up there...  620, 950,  1370,  during the daytime.   The 
rest of the dial is blank.   So, for radio-listening, those little stations 
did very well. -  Further north, let's say in Fort Kent or Madawaska,  the 
local AM was to ONLY source of radio in the daytime, a MONOPOLY.   They did 
well.   The FM's weren't aggressive then with upgrading their signals, and FM 
receivers took their time making their way to rural Maine.  -  Since then, in 
a place like Millinocket, people have gotten used to put up more 
extravagant-than-usual antennas hooked to their FM tuners, and when they do, 
they can pick up 6 to 10 FM's from 60 or 70 miles away.
Good topic for LTAR.  I'll talk about it this weekend.

In a message dated 5/29/00 2:51:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
sven@gordsven.com writes:

<< 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)?