Sunday, December 16, 2007

AM Radio is now DEAD?

I remember listening to the world on my transistor radio that picked up great stations like CKLW the Big 8, WOWO Radio 1190, 610 WTVN, and WWWE AM 1100 (Now WTAM), no doubt I had more dead 9 volt batteries and was always in need of fresh new ones. The little ear piece that you could pick for $1.29 at any Radio Shack was damn uncomfortable. Bob Sievers from WOWO used one of those ear pieces to monitor WOWO, I should know I sold him one when I worked at Radio Shack. Wow who knew? Then FM radio came around and they said AM would die, we now have HD Radio and AM still lives on. When we all able to pick up Net Radio in our cars will AM radio finally die or will they reinvent themselves once again? Would it be profitable to start a Net Radio station? How dose Net Radio make money? I have a couple of friends that have Net Radio Stations and they are not making a cent because listeners are not willing to set through 7 minutes of commercial announcements. Will Steve "Boom Boom" Cannon (Hello WHLO AM 640) still be the King of Trivia?  All points to ponder while listening to our favorite AM station. Now back to much more music on the big 8 CKLW!


Anonymous said...

Part of the plan of HD Radio (HD/IBOC) may be to destroy AM radio with adjacent-channel interference, but news/talk/sports on AM is very popular:

It is the music-oriented FMs that are in trouble from other media such as iPods, so there is a scramble to simulcast AM on FM. Only a handful of AMs are broadcasting in HD/IBOC and many have turned it off:

HD Radio has almost zero consumer interest:

BigMouthStudio said...

Thanks for the info on HD Radio.

Kindest Regards,

Jerry McCrae

Anonymous said...

Jerry you rock! You're a true Gentleman and it was a pleasure to talk to you last weekend. I'm an appreciator of you're work.

I saw a bulletin post from you over on myspace about Blogspot and just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to this. I never knew you and Alan used Blogspot - I didn't, until now that is.

Alan said...

I have to admit that whilst it's great to hit the remote and spin through the satellite channels, or click the mouse for thousands of online stations, there's still some magic attached to tuning out the whistles and static to pick up some far away station on AM. Maybe I spent too much time as a kid in the 70s listening to Wolfman Jack on AFN Germany :)