I would like nothing more than AM to have a resurgence of music format. There are some programmers out there that CAN do it. No one will invest when no one will listen. You take a look at the FM side layoffs. There are more on the way. When stations are 100% automated, or on autopilot after 6PM you think they will invest in AM mono? US99.5 has about 3 live people running the whole show. Compare this to your idea. The equivalent would be -3 available for a WLS-AM.
Sadly, the radio manufacturers are producing radio receivers that have lower fidelity than Ham radios. They killed off AM Stereo. The IBOC standard for HD was utter shit. They could not have been smart enough to follow Europe's standard which was successful. In India they are running AM DRM which has revitalized the band allowing cheap receivers with high audio quality and minor transmitter retrofit. It is being run in other parts of the world too. In America, it is business as usual as the medium and the industry is dying.
The current AM MONO band in the US, is largely unknown by people under 35 years old. Even people 35 - 50 have vacated to digital. AM is catering to 50+ but you are seeing WLS-AM fade because those that are dying are not being replaced. The younger Conservatives and a long time ago majority of Liberals have exited to consuming elsewhere like online sources. Car radios are starting to eliminate AM band. So are portable units. Cell phones have no AM chip reception capability. Property to run AM sticks is increasing in value and you are seeing them being diplexed, which is the last stop to going dark. The big owners have already made it clear they want to migrate all the AM & FM signals to IP/Online.
Raslin, I am not negative. But I do not live with my head in the sand. If this was 1989, it could be considered. Right now, it is about as practical as suggesting to return 78PRM records and reel to reel tapes in place of digital offerings and their players.
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