A. Joseph Ross
Sat May 6 20:48:16 EDT 2006
On 6 May 2006 at 12:51, Shawn Mamros wrote:
> Didn't the FCC at one point mandate that simulcasting an AM on a
> co-owned FM would no longer be allowed? I thought that was the
> reason for a lot of the owners of the big AMs to spin off their
> FMs, including Westinghouse.
They did, but WBZ-FM was doing separate programs long before that.
The anti-simulcasting rule was adopted in the mid-1960s, and WBZ-FM
was doing separate programs in the late 1950s.
When I got my first FM radio in December 1958, WBZ-FM was signing on
at 5:00 PM, running classical music until midnight, then signing off.
The only simulcasting they did was for an hour on Sunday, when they
did a "stereo hour," using AM as one channel and FM as the other.
At one point, I called them up and suggested they simulcast the AM
during the day, before the separate FM programs started. A couple of
weeks later, they were doing it. I guess I was a 14-year-old radio
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