I ended up listening to AM radio today. I’m not 100% sure how it happening but there it was in all its staticky glory just where I’d left it! I started broadcasting on AM radio back in Fall River, MA and worked my way through Florida, Charlotte, Cleveland, Phoenix and Philadelphia.
I listened to one show discussing the Dodgers legal and financial situation. It was probably Dan Patrick. What I heard was well done and entertaining.
Next up was Laura Ingram. She seems so angry and mean.
Tonight on my way home I looked for and quickly found 1110 WBT Charlotte. It’s a 50,000 watt clear channel station. There are just a few weak stations widely spread out on sharing the frequency.
WBT was booming in tonight. It’s antenna pattern (the diagram on the left) concentrates the signal up and down the East Coast. That was the cool part of working nights there in the early 70s. Their signal really got out–Canada to Florida sang one of our jingles played exclusively at night!
Though it was late at night WBT’s midnight news was local and had a traffic reporter and meteorologist. After midnight it was Neal Boortz. Syndicated. Recorded. Conservative.
I feel bad about AM. Technology has removed lots of the advantage the AM frequencies one held. It’s tough to make money and employ people.
By the way, the AM radio in the Subaru Outback I’m driving is excellent. They don’t pay me to tout their radios and I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true.