More sports on FM: WIP(AM) to simulcast on 94.1

Mon Aug 22 15:37:14 EDT 2011

I don't think that one company would put all news in one language on
two full-market FM signals in the New York market. The signals (or at
least the full Class B FM signals) are too valuable for one company to
compete against itself that way. I could see two companies with
competing FM news formats in English on separate stations in New York,
though. And I could believe that there might be additional all-news
formats in other languages--especially Spanish. Isn't WADO (AM)
already doing all news in Spanish?

As for the big AMs after all news leaves for FM, one of them might
flip to Spanish talk. I can imagine WINS going that route. A lot
depends on what happens with music licening fees. I have heard that
those are getting so high that all news, which once was considered
prohibitively expensive in all but the largest markets, is now looking
cheap compared to music formats, because all news doesn't require
music licenses. The record companies appear to be run by total idiots,
but if they come to their senses, the economics may once again favor
music formats.

BTW, those who think that FM is so much better than AM to listen to
must be listening in very favorable locations. FM is a pain compared
with AM! Even though I am a radio geek, I don't enjoy fussing with the
FM antenna over and over to find a position that eliminates
multipath--and I live near the top of a hill in an area where the
major FM signals are much more than 70 dBu. WGBH, with the market's
biggest signal, is one of the worst offenders. Due to its distance
from me it does not have one of the strongest signals here. The
stations downtown are, I believe, marginally less strong here than the
ones in Newton/Needham, which sometimes have multipath problems.

Dan Strassberg (
eFax 1-707-215-6367

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Murray" <>
To: "Boston Radio Group" <>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: More sports on FM: WIP(AM) to simulcast on 94.1

> Federal News Radio in DC? Started out on AM 1050, then moved to the
> former WTOP (now on 103.5, displacing long-term commercial classical
> WGMS) AM 1500 signal. Niche audience, but they are doing well.
> Content
> is what matters to a listener (followed closely by the quality of
> the
> medium).
> How many more people would listen to WINS or WCBS if either of them
> were on FM, rather than their existing facilities?
> What would go on 1010 or 880 (were either of the current formats
> moved
> to FM) in place of news that would achieve the same revenue as the
> displaced FM programming (ignoring the theoretical uptick in revenue
> once the news moved to FM)?
> -Peter
> On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM, Don <>
> wrote:
>> From: "Martin Waters" <>
>>>> Many of us who hang out on this newsgroup are still interested in
>>>> AM
>>>> radio, but the
>>>> public -- more strongly the younger the people are -- just
>>>> doesn't listen
>>>> to AM radio, >>period.
>> Can anyone name a new AM sucess story in the last 15 years?
>> (Besides sports?)

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