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This is a rant about a station that was allowed to slip into disrepair due to virtually no maintenance over several years. I can assure you that the directional array station where I work looks nothing like this. We have tower doghouses, coils and capacitors too. They’re not falling apart. Every thing is well maintained and operational. I can assure you that up at WNMT in Hibbing, KPRM in Park Rapids, KKCQ in Fosston, KKIN in Aitkin, and dozens of other AM stations within a two hour drive of me, none of the facilities are in this state of decline.
Like anything else. If you don’t want it to fall apart, you have to budget for and take care of your infrastructure.
Sure, there are plenty of AM’s in trouble. There are also plenty that are not. But to decree this station as the “raw truth” about AM today is not accurate. It’s the raw truth about an ill-maintained station trying to claw it’s way back.
Throughout the upper midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, N and S Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, etc) there are hundreds of thriving independently owned and operated radio stations, including many AM stations. People who are busting their ass maintaining their stations, pumping out locally produced programming, getting involved in their communities, and providing a public service. Granted, I’m not silly enough to say ALL of them are doing this. But a great majority are.
They naysayers come along talking about how AM radio is garbage, old hat, dried up, and all but dead. While the sales staff who sell the spots that pay my salary are going out day after day telling clients that all this negativism is wrong, and we’re churning out great local radio every day, fighting the uphill battle.
Now, you may live where corporate radio has taken over. A while back someone on this list ranted about how there was a weather emergency in their area and no station provided information. They claimed to listen to them all. I looked up their location, and the stations they could receive. There were over 50 stations, AM and FM available to them. Really? They listened to ALL of them long enough to determine that not ONE had a working EAS system or live programming? I listened to streams for many of those stations, thy were live and local. Huh?
In Minneapolis/St. Paul there were so many AM and FM stations on the bands I couldn’t even attempt to count them while driving. Most were clearly local with live people. Some clearly were not. Both the AM and FM bands were jammed full. There was plenty to choose from.
I realize that we can’t all always find a station with the format or business model that we prefer, but there’s a hell of a lot of radio out there, and it doesn’t all suck.