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Do we need a Non-Commerical portion of FM Anymore?

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Do we need a Non-Commerical portion of FM Anymore?

Post by Jeff Dugan » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:28 pm

With more Non-Commerical FM working it’s way throughout the FM Dial, with EMF purchasing more property and the over abundance of translators rebroadcasting other religious radio is there a need for 88-92 on FM to remain non-commercial in the U.S. Why can’t the FCC just shit can this archaic idea from the early days of FM broadcasting and allow commercial radio to fill up the 88-92 MHz portion of the dial in areas that have little or no stations on that section of the dial. Just a thought.

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Re: Do we need a Non-Commerical portion of FM Anymore?

Post by Ed Joseph » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:22 pm

I have to say... listening to FM is a joke anymore. There is interference on practically every channel. And they want the FCC to do away with adjacent channel protection now.

Edit: the latter only affects TV adjacents, evidently. M$ wants them for rural broadband.

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Re: Do we need a Non-Commerical portion of FM Anymore?

Post by EdWalker » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:38 pm

AMs on FM translators was a pure economic move that that did nothing to help the state of AM. If anything, it made it less relevant. Why should someone have a license to rebroadcast in the same area what they already have a license to air? It helped a business, nothing more. And totally f'd the FM band to make it hard to listen.

But greed is the American way. So what happens to all these AMs that air the same programming as a translator (aka "low powered FM")???? They exist now because they have to be on the air to support the FM signal.

Look for a petition for rulemaking at some point in the future to allow AMs to turn off their transmitters and just be 250-watt FM stations.

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