The future of AM radio

Sun Feb 3 16:34:42 EST 2008

  Scott Fybush wrote:
>Martin Waters wrote:
>>     Couldn't WHDH have done better by building on a
>>site farther west and/or southwest of the city? That
>>way, it should have done better in metro west --
>>which, now that it has a substantial population, is
>>the major weak spot for every old-line Boston AM
>>station except WBZ.
>Under the old rules, stations were quite limited as to how far out 
>of town they could go before the signal over downtown became too 
>weak. This was less of an issue for WBZ, with its salt-water path 
>from Hull to downtown, than for WHDH, with relatively lousy ground 
>conductivity between Needham and downtown.

Not to mention the fact that anything outside of what's now 128 was 
pretty much boonies back in the 40s.  Why "waste" signal where 
there's little population?  

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