AM TO THE DOGS
reaction to the Scott Clifton commentary (“The TV Perspective,”
March 12 issue) gives me the impression that he went for the “send”
button a little too fast.
As the owner of
nostalgia-programmed KCCI(TV) in Morro Bay, Calif., he is delivering
product to the very same demographic that probably listens
extensively to AM radio — presumably not many millennials are
tuning in to “I Married Joan.” Yet he advocates tossing AM “to
Does he mean to
allow the band to go unregulated, unlicensed and just plain wild? Or
just switch it off? Doing so is a huge slap against his very own
Also, with seven
fairly well-defined AM stations that can be heard in Morro Bay, and
many others with marginal signals, I want to believe he did not just
alienate every AM owner in his market by saying that.
Mr. Brown redeemed
himself by suggesting opening up the band to LPAM pioneers. That
makes better sense, as he and his three-person TV station are
definitely pioneers in their own right.
I can appreciate the
battles he is fighting with the hungry sharks wanting to pluck at his
signal. But the idea here is to help AM, not throw it to a pack of
Clifton, for the good article (“AM, You Want a Fix? I Got a Fix!,”
Feb. 12 issue). Interesting to understand your experiences with
mobile data in your area.
The AAC-HEv2 codec
deserves your attention. It operates very well at 56 kbps. Our
industry friend Greg Ogonowski is a big proponent of AAC-HEv2, and
has a terrific app (for iOS) that lists and plays thousands of
stations streaming in this format. You’ll be pleasantly surprised
at the audio results. Looks for “StreamS+” in the App Store. It’s
well worth the asking price.
Here in Nashville, I
regularly drive around listening to a variety of stations using the
TuneIn Radio app. My phone (usually a Samsung Galaxy Note 2) is on
T-Mobile and indicates 4G LTE service in most metro locations. Rarely
I completely support
the idea of creating an FM Class C4 costs (“SSR Renews Push for FM
Class C4,” April 17). I would also support an equivalent FM Class
B2, at the same proposed ERP, HAAT, etc.
The FM bandwidth has
become inefficiently crowded with a lot of less-powerful Class A
stations at the one end, and a lot of maximum Class B and C FMs at
the other end. That inefficient “packing” of the FM bandwidth
leaves out the potential for more stations in the middle.
Allowing more FM
stations at a Class C4 (and B2), where technically appropriate, would
certainly promote the FCC’s policy of maximizing the American
public’s access to more broadcast “voices” over the public
The FCC should very
seriously examine this proposal, then put it into effect.