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WDR Will Switch Off MW Stations, Re-allocate Funds for DAB+

Less controversy about shutting down AM medium-wave stations

BERLIN�While there is generalgnashing of teeth�regarding some countries plans (or lack thereof) to shut down their FM networks, there seems to be no equivalent with respect to plans on shutting down AM medium-wave stations.

At 2 a.m. local time, July 6, both of theWDR(West German Radio) MW transmitters were turned off for good.� Funds thus saved will be re-allocated for DAB+ radio.

The transmitters are in Langenberg (720 KHz @ 63 KW) and Bonn (774 KHz @ 5 KW).� They provide coverage in the north Rhine and Westphalia areas, along with Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, according� The programs that have been transmitted via the two AM stations are already available via the internet, over DAB+, satellite radio, and on local cable systems. �