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Hey Bruce !
I think that AM Stereo will be a good thing for radio if it is pushed like the old days when AM Played Music .
This is where our Part 15 stations can be a boom for AM Radio.
I remember when AM stereo came into the world back around 81 or so several stations in the midwest were trying it. On the west coast not one station in my area even gave it a try and so it never cought on around here.
It felt a lot like that AM does not sound good so to hell with it .
However I and the others who did not understand that AM could sound just as good or even better than FM if it was treated right.
So here we are 35 years later and after my time playing music on KNRY AM 1240 .
That station was trying the high def thing at the time and decided to not use it because of the noise it was making on the band. The owner of the station was working with me on getting our Station engineer to make our station sound better.
Our ratings were growing on the time shifts that I was on the air playing Indie Rock and Oldies or classic rock that the other giants won’t play .
But then one day the owner got an offer He could not say no to and that was the end of the After Dark show and many other shows that were very good over all.
KNRY AM 1240 left this world as a real station for the people and now it just does church type stuff . Yep I lost my gig and I lost my momentum to bring music back to AM Radio.
I tried to do Internet based radio and it did not work well at all.
At times I would have as many as ten thousand listeners . The bandwidth costs killed me.
What a bummer is all I can say.
So part 15 looked real good over all to me at first , then the endless ground issues started and that somewhat took me away from all of this.
But I can not get away from radio and my hope for Banana Belt Radio is to make something that people will enjoy and bring music back to radio in a way that many will enjoy.
The AM Stereo thing is one more way to bring people who care about music to our part 15 staions.
We also will have to work with Small manufactures to produce radios that have the bandwtih for our part 15 stations and also have stereo systems that can listen to our Stations with all of the might of our sound and our music .
I might have gone a bit off subject here.
But I really want to help bring music to radio in a way that makes people smile and makes advertisers want to help keep our little stations going.
I know longer look at part 15 am stations as little stations.
With the multi transmitter stuff and our kick ass Transmitters I feel we can really change the way things are done.
I only hope that I am not the only one who sees this.
Lefty or what ever or who ever I am.