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September 11, 2013

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Angelo

I thought this was a good interview---entertaining. One question: If they move AM from analog to digital----does that mean we would need to buy new AM radios, or would our old ones still work? Would it be like when television went from analog to digital, making old TVs useless without a converter box? I'm assuming there wouldn't be converter boxes for old AM radios. Regardless of where you stand politically----I do think there's still a purpose for AM radio and the person being interviewed laid out a reasonable case. I live in a metropolitan area, between two Airports, with three computers in my house, plenty of appliances, electrical, etc. I have a neighbor with a ham radio too. All this talk about interference is BS. My AM radios work just fine.

Tom Welch

Only time will tell Angelo, if AM radio is able to reinvent itself again. If AM goes digital you'll need a new AM radio to capture the new technology. A decade or so ago, AM stations tried AM stereo that did not catch on.

In any case, I see greater fragmentation of the listener audience. This fragmentation process started in the early 1970s and continues, meaning a lot less variety of programming, not more, as stations chase ratings and demographics that pay off. For me, I wish we had an all news station as in Los Angeles where I grew up as an adult.

Tom Welch

One last comment, I don't think most listeners understand the level of automation at AM/FM stations today, even many stations that the listener thinks is local.

Angelo

In some markets, Hispanic stations are ruling the roost. I'm assuming there are some huge ratings winners of this genre in L.A., but not sure if they are on AM, FM or both.
Sports talk is on a lot of our stations----some local programming and a lot of ESPN or FOX Sports national. For the record----I prefer sports talk/commentary/phone in shows over live sports. I guess baseball and football are okay to listen to live, but basketball and hockey, I have no use for. I'd rather hear buffoons calling in and making fools of themselves instead of hearing someone call a hockey game.

Tom Welch

I read that the first Spanish music station was actually in, of all places, Chicago around the mid 1950s. I'm sure in San Antonio, where I lived for 20 years, Spanish stations have high ratings. I've had Latinos tell me that Spanish stations do a much better job covering the news than Anglo stations too.

Angelo

Tom: I've heard the same thing (about the Spanish stations covering news---particularly world news---better). I'm very curious about why that is, if it's true.

Vimal Oberoi

It's"The Take Away interviews Ajit Pai"
Posted on September 11, 2013 by Thomas on SWLing Post

Vimal Oberoi

With the advent of Digital Transmission in Short-Wave band significant improvement in the reception and coverage of AIR programmes is expected. People can listen to near FM quality programmes of above services by tuning the respective frequencies on DRM Radio receivers only.
Features of DRM
• Improved audio quality
• Stereo Capability
• Single Frequency Operation
• Transmitting maximum four services simultaneously
in the same channel
• Graceful degradation
• Vehicular, Portable and Fixed Reception
• Less susceptibility to fading effects
• Improved reception reliability

http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Services/Digital%20Transmission/Pages/simple.aspx

But even after this hoopla about DRM,not even a single DRM receiver is available in India,or for that sake anywhere.I have gone through this link ,too,though
http://www.drm.org/?page_id=155
Any suggestions of a reviewed good DRM radio are welcome

Keith Beesley

Angelo, I sometimes watch the local Spanish-language TV news, even though my Spanish is limited. Thanks to the pictures and captions, I can usually follow what they're talking about. Univision and Telemundo are the two major Spanish networks in the U.S., I believe. They have a more international perspective because they also have viewers throughout the western hemisphere.
I recommend mHz Networks to anyone interested in international news: http://www.mhznetworks.org/

Bob Balser

Here in the UK we have a digital(DAB) service over about 95% of the country,few years ago there was talk of closing FM but the cost of new sets etc was thought to be to expensive,AM is still going strong,the old analogue TV services closed year ago & TV is all digital now but all that was needed was a cheap box to continue watching digital on old TVs

Tom Welch

During moments of international crisis I found Global Post and Sky News to be informative, also like BBC, CBC and Radio Australia. For the Middle East you just can't beat http://www.debka.com for a heads up on what's really going on

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