Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

A Joseph Ross
Mon Aug 30 23:04:23 EDT 2010

  On 8/30/2010 12:38 AM, Dave Doherty wrote:

> The point is that all stations - AM / FM / TV  - need to have a voice 
> in the digital delivery world. I really don't care what device you use 
> to listen to my stations, I want you to be able to hear them. That 
> means we need digital transmission standards, carrier-neutral 
> transmission, and devices that adhere to, or at least accept, those 
> standards.

I don't see why.  For all I can tell, digital transmission, at least 
over the air, is far more subject to interference than analog, making 
many people's reception, since the government-forced changeover, much 
more problematic, even  nonexistent.

I first saw color TV in the Museum of Science in 1955 or 56.  The 
picture quality was very bad, and the same was true of every color set I 
saw for the next several years (usually in TV stores).  Black and white 
pictures on early color sets had a greenish tint and were inferior to 
pictures on a B&W set.  But the acceptance of color depended on the 
market, not on a government mandate.  As color TVs got better, and the 
price came down, more and more people started to buy them.  Their market 
penetration was natural as the product got better.  Digital radio and TV 
should also have to compete and win customers by offering an attractive 

A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                     617.367.0468
92 State Street, Suite 700          Fax: 617.507.7856
Boston, MA 02109-2004

More information about the Boston-Radio-Interest mailing list