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March 11, 2019 8:14 pm  #31


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

Millennials barely know AM radio exists, much less listen to it. Some 20, 30 years from now - when those of us who grew up with AM radio are gone - who'll be listening?


"The radio craze ... will soon fade." - Thomas Edison, 1922
 

March 11, 2019 8:55 pm  #32


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

here are some fun thoughts....

not sure if its still relevant these days, but at one point when HD/digital radio was being debated, it was expected that those AM licences could be easily converted to the new futuristic band without much in the way of competitive hearings.  i guess that was over 10 years ago now and really went nowhere.

there is also the ability to piggyback an AM with an FM in order to reduce things like basic annual CCD payments in large markets.   plus the ability to combine cluster revenue including AM losses, to decrease the tax impact.

I think there's also a marketing consideration... we own 3 or 4 radio stations in toronto so the company brand permeates across all outlets to increase both cluster ad buys and corporate awareness.

 

March 13, 2019 6:50 pm  #33


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

I thought this was clever.  I never knew AM stations did this back in the day.  I never remembered hearing it.



 

Last edited by Jody Thornton (March 13, 2019 6:51 pm)


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Jody Thornton
 
 

March 14, 2019 11:02 am  #34


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

Jody Thornton wrote:

I thought this was clever.  I never knew AM stations did this back in the day.  I never remembered hearing it.



 

 
I never heard this version either. It's pretty well overdubbed in glorious mono!

Great find, thanks for posting.

 

March 14, 2019 11:10 am  #35


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

Apparently MCA Records never serviced this version (or anything like it) to AM radio stations.  The edit uses "Aja" for the "A" part.  I tried recreating a better-quality edit on my own, but there is a jazzy percussion on the "Aaaaaay" syllable in "Aja", that's tricky to remove.
 

Last edited by Jody Thornton (March 14, 2019 6:08 pm)


Cheers,
Jody Thornton
 
 

March 18, 2019 6:49 am  #36


Re: Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose?

Dale Patterson wrote:

Millennials barely know AM radio exists, much less listen to it. Some 20, 30 years from now - when those of us who grew up with AM radio are gone - who'll be listening?

.

I don't think anyone will be listening. The main challenge that AM has faced for music anyway is the superior fidelity of FM. No contest really in light of the way that AM receivers have been built over the last two decades or so.

With in internet and streaming etc and despite the lossy audio I think FM too will give way to other forms of listening. I still think that analog audio is superior for music but the absence of static on digital will win the day. With talk radio the audio quality does not matter as much but the format itself is mostly dinosaur driven.

The radio while perhaps not completely dead in 30 years will more than likely be seen as a relic from the past as it is already seen by some.
 


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