More sports on FM: WIP(AM) to simulcast on 94.1
Mon Aug 22 11:57:59 EDT 2011
And FM will probably not make it out of the 21st century with the
Smartphones and who knows what else coming down the pike..
I think I'll go listen to my 45s now and watch some static on my B&W 9"
Panasonic TV with....UHF!!!! (I think the Stooges are on 38 right now....)
From: Martin Waters
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:42 AM
Subject: Re: More sports on FM: WIP(AM) to simulcast on 94.1
--- On Fri, 8/19/11, Dan.Strassberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:>Without
question, WIP (AM) has the best signal of any 5 kW-U AM in the
>Philadelphia market . . . 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. It doesn't
>matter what's on or how good the signal is. To the average person, just the
>fact that it's in mono makes its sound quality extremely inferior to FM.
>Looking at the Arbitron top-line numbers, it looks like only somewhere
>around 10-15 percent of the overall radio listening now is to AM
>stations -- and it's been declining just recently. On FM, someone using the
>scan button might stop on your station, discover it, and keep listening. AM
>is like the tree falling in the forest when there's no one to hear it.
>Except maybe in some fringe-rural places, the trend is extremely strong
>toward only a handful of heritage stations nationwide with a combination of
>huge signals (read, Class A stations), formats not duplicated on FM (read
news, sports, talk -- an advantage now beginning to disintegrate) and long,
long-time prominence in the market still pulling any significant numbers.
And even they are beginning to simulcast on HD-1 signals or change bands
altogether. So it's more than an issue of coverage maps. And even they,
IMO, overstate most AM stations realistic listening area. Your average
person is horrified if they drive past a utility pole with an improperly
grounded electrical transformer or drive beneath a 500 kv electrical
transmission line, etc., and hear a few seconds of nasty-sounding
interference. And most of them quit ever turning on AM radio back in another
century. There's my extremely bummerish $0.02 for this morning. So, shoot
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