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Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?

Bill Schweber
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eafpres1
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9/20/2014 10:24:44 PM
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Re: Madness, not progress
@Vincent--I think college radio is also all but gone too.

One counterargument is that nearly anyone can set up an internet "station" and stream content to end consumers.  Once all cars are connected with always-on IP links, then IP-radio and IP-TV will dominate.

I'm not sure the above is true, but food for thought.

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eafpres1
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9/20/2014 10:22:39 PM
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Re: Satellite radio
@analoging--"Syrius Satellite radio continues to grow in market share across the overall radio market "

True, but only for "North America".  We tend to forget the rest of the world.  

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Hardware_man
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9/20/2014 7:25:47 PM
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The "All American Five"
I don't think any discussion of old AM woukd be complete without mentioning the "All American Five", A.C. / D.C. radio. Early attempt at eliminating the power transformer. The tube filiments were set up so the 5 in series worked directly from the house 117 mains. The 35W4 and the 50C5, etc. One side of the line went right to the chassis. Depending on which way the plug was in the wall, maybe neutral or maybe hot. If a knob fell off and you touched the shaft, you knew when it was the hot side to the chassis. They must have taken the UL guy out to a long lunch to get that past :.)

 

Bill, I see you refered to the "switch" in the old car radio power supply as the interrupter. Avoided the popular term that could have a different meaning today :.)

 

Martin Risso

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analoging
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9/20/2014 3:09:45 PM
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Satellite radio
Syrius Satellite radio continues to grow in market share across the overall radio market including automobiles, mobile devices and residences. No commercials, large selection, transmission in remote areas of US while driving. Can't beat it and prices can be negotiated down to $5 per month. I never listen to AM any more like an increasing amount of the population. News talk shows are being phased out in lieu of sport radio which is being shifted to satellite and FM now.

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vbiancomano
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9/20/2014 10:43:30 AM
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Madness, not progress
Yes, we should care. One area I want for AM is the hometown radio station, so as to put me in touch with the local community at a speed I can take in and without my being shackled to the computer. The advantage is human, not technological, and provides me with an outlet to slow down, not speed up.

One aspect of engineering that's seemingly been forgotten is the consumer's mental well-being as it relates to what the various technologies can provide (and, for whatever reasons, many reports suggest that mental illness is on the rise). There's definite good for me in technology that provides light talk and nostalgic music, versus TV and computer networks specifically designed to bring me 24-by-7 news/information that more often than not needlessly rattles my brain and is out of my control anyway. I don't need the "future shock."

Beyond that, instant feedback often makes for knee-jerk reactions (this is potentially disastrous in the battlefield). Ironically, it also makes for "paralysis by analysis" decision making (because there's too much information). I want old technology and what it traditionally brings. I want advanced technology when I really need it, not just because it's there.

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DaeJ
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9/19/2014 10:46:53 PM
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Reception of each station of either AM or FM
I realized that I came across a mix of voice from two radio station sometimes, while car is driven. But, that was happened at a certain location and could be depending on antenna and radio design.  

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Bill_Jaffa
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9/19/2014 6:20:09 PM
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More on AM's legacy and reach
Also see my previous, related post:

http://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=396&doc_id=559044

which touches on some of these "AM radio" issues from other perspectives.

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