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I have to agree that, at least in this market, it is the programming that has driven people away. In droves. Matter of fact it has been mentioned on more than one occastion that “AM is dead here.” An Arbitron reference to the “worst AM market in the country” some time ago showed my fair city at dead last in AM listenership.
We have five local AM stations here – four are Christian or gospel and one is sports. The sports station used to have a small rating. That is now gone, but one black gospel station has a 1.3. And that is the total of AM listening according to the ratings powers that be.
But…a few years ago my little Part 15 was on 1160 AM. Several hurricanes hit Florida that year. During Hurricane Frances, one Christian station and my 1160 were the only AMs on the air. The other station played preachers. I got busy with Red Cross information, shelters, flooded streets, downed power lines, and other information. Sure, I played some music, but went a full 12 hours on the air during the worst of it.
Someone I know had to be out, and discovered a weak 1160 on the air with a live person reading weather information. He said I was not a hobbyist, but someone trying to perform a service.
Radio used to perform some public service. Now we have one station with an absentee owner leasing his station to another absentee party. Once in a while one will call and ask me if their station is on the air. I do not listen to dreck, so I never know and have to tune across to give them the answer.
Sad. Interference is not the problem here. Lack of listenable content is.
But I DO listen to AM now via Big D Country on 1610.