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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 12:31 PM

46. Ahhh.... AM Radio. Interesting yet dying beast.

I grew up in the UK. Until I went to uni, the BBC had a monopoly on national broadcasting. The local station broadcast on both the AM and the FM the same programming. So fiddling around with AM after dark brought some alternatives. Radio Luxembourg being the most prominent of them, on 208 metres on mediumwave. (at that time AM stations were promoted using their wavelength rather than their frequency). Also had to distinguish between medium and long wave because both were AM. However once daylight came, no competition for BBC Radio 1 - the only pop station. Until Atlantic 252 - an Irish longwave station - no real serious competition. Then FM kicked in for popularity - Radio 1 going FM and abandoning AM, local radio doing AM and FM splits, more local stations and regional stations getting a licence...

Fortunately OFCOM still upholds broadcast standards so that AM stations aren't rightwing blowtorches in the UK, and can't go that way.

AM over here in the USA? The phrase "It's dead, Jim" comes to mind. Even Mr. Limbaugh has gone FM around these parts. AM is Bible and Sports with about one or two exceptions. Burlington NC has an "Oldies & Beach" station, Mt. Airy has a bluegrass station that has live performances (WPAQ) and a local preacher here and there.

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