Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

Dave Doherty
Fri Sep 3 21:16:28 EDT 2010

I wasn't referring to digital OTA broadcast at all. In general, that doesn't 
seem to be working out all that well.

I was thinking about digital devices fed by cell, WiFi, WiMax, and whatever 
else is out there. Whatever device I have in my hand, I want to be able to 
enter the call sign or other identifying info and have the device connect to 
that station's stream without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.


From: "A Joseph Ross" <>
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 11:04 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

>  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 product.
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