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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2013, 03:29:03 PM »

The thought of wackers taking over the AM broadcast band had me rolling..

Anyway, reports of the demise of AM are somewhat exaggerated. The medium is changing, but as long as the licenses are available there will be those who find a way to make it a business.

Here's what the AM dial looks like where I live:


    KTSA   550 AM   6.6 mi.    San Antonio, TX    News/Talk 
    XEMU   580 AM   131.5 mi.    Piedras Negras, Mexico    Regional Mexican 
    KLBJ   590 AM   75.8 mi.    Austin, TX    News/Talk 
    KSLR   630 AM   10.6 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Religious 
    KKYX   680 AM   19.5 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Country 
    KSEV   700 AM   182.1 mi.    Tomball, TX    Talk 
    KSAH   720 AM   20.9 mi.    Universal City, TX    Regional Mexican 
    KTRH   740 AM   217.0 mi.    Houston, TX    News/Talk 
    KTKR   760 AM   12.2 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Sports 
    KYTY   810 AM   9.5 mi.    Somerset, TX    Christian Contemporary 
    KONO   860 AM   5.7 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Classic Hits 
    KNAF   910 AM   61.8 mi.    Fredericksburg, TX    Country 
    KLUP   930 AM   7.9 mi.    Terrell Hills, TX    News/Talk 
    KIXL   970 AM   80.2 mi.    Del Valle, TX    Religious 
    KAML   990 AM   56.4 mi.    Kenedy-Karnes City, TX    Country 
    KBIB   1000 AM   22.5 mi.    Marion, TX  Hispanic Community College  Spanish 
    KCTA   1030 AM   129.4 mi.    Corpus Christi, TX    Religious 
    KDRY   1100 AM   11.0 mi.    Alamo Heights, TX    Religious 
    KTMR   1130 AM   33.5 mi.    Converse, TX    Business News 
    KRDY   1160 AM   12.0 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Children's 
    WOAI   1200 AM   23.3 mi.    San Antonio, TX    News/Talk 
    KZDC   1250 AM   11.8 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Sports 
    KMFR   1280 AM   53.1 mi.    Pearsall, TX    Unknown Format 
    KAHL   1310 AM   10.5 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Nostalgia 
    KCOR   1350 AM   8.1 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Spanish 
    KWMF   1380 AM   31.2 mi.    Pleasanton, TX    Spanish 
    KGNB   1420 AM   25.0 mi.    New Braunfels, TX    News/Talk 
    KCWM   1460 AM   37.5 mi.    Hondo, TX    Country 
    KCHL   1480 AM   6.5 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Gospel Music 
    KBRN   1500 AM   28.1 mi.    Boerne, TX    Spanish 
    KQQB   1520 AM   42.8 mi.    Stockdale, TX    Variety 
    KEDA   1540 AM   11.6 mi.    San Antonio, TX    Tejano 
    KWED   1580 AM   32.9 mi.    Seguin, TX    Country 


Pretty full, eh? Not all Rush Limbaugh either.

Small rural market radio is still making it. Metro talk is still making it. It will morph with the audience, as it always has. As long as there is high school football, basketball, county fairs and rodeos, small market AM radio will have a niche. Out in the country, there's not so much of a problem with the noise.

This will help give you an idea of just how much AM radio still remains. It's unlikely to disappear in a decade.

http://www.radio-locator.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AM_radio_stations_in_the_United_States_by_call_sign_(initial_letters_KA%E2%80%93KF)


Not bad at all.  Wink  This is going to last right up until the boomer generation is all but gone, though, or until advertising dollars fail to keep the stations operating.  I can't speak for the whole country, but I can tell you that in my part of SoCal, and for people in my age group and younger (I'm 41), most of them don't even own a radio receiver.  The one in the cars doesn't get used unless they forget to pay the SiriusXM bill, and even then they pay the bill as quickly as possible to avoid commercials and morning radio talk shows.  Ten years is a long time, which is why I asked what the band would look like in another decade. 

We have a handful of stations out here in my area too, but they are largely either garbage, or rebroadcasting syndicated content.  As for who's still listening, I don't know. 
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2013, 04:39:17 PM »

California has just a few AM stations:

KRXA 540 AM Carmel Valley KRXA, LLC News/Talk
KVIP 540 AM Redding Pacific Cascade Communications Corp. Christian radio
KUZZ 550 AM Bakersfield Buck Owens Production Company, Incorporated Country
KSFO 560 AM San Francisco Radio License Holding VIII, LLC News/Talk
KCFJ 570 AM Alturas EDI Media, Inc. News/Talk
KLAC 570 AM Los Angeles AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC Sports (FSR)
KMJ 580 AM Fresno Peak Broadcasting of Fresno Licenses, LLC News/Talk
KTHO 590 AM South Lake Tahoe International Aerospace Solutions, Inc. Classic Rock
KTIE 590 AM San Bernardino Caron Broadcasting, Inc. News/Talk
KOGO 600 AM San Diego Citicasters Licenses, Inc. News/Talk
KAVL 610 AM Lancaster Aloha Station Trust, LLC Sports (FSR)
KEAR 610 AM San Francisco Family Stations, Inc. Christian radio (Family Radio)
KIGS 620 AM Hanford John Pereira, Special Administrator Sports (FSR)
KMJC 620 AM Mount Shasta JPR Foundation Inc. Public Radio
KIDD 630 AM Monterey Buckley Communications, Inc. Sports (ESPN Radio)
KFI 640 AM Los Angeles Capstar TX LLC News/Talk
KSTE 650 AM Rancho Cordova AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC News/Talk
KWVE 660 AM Oildale Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa Christian radio
KIRN 670 AM Simi Valley Lotus Oxnard Corp. Iranian
KNBR 680 AM San Francisco Susquehanna Radio Corp. Sports (ESPN)
KMBX 700 AM Soledad Entravision Holdings, LLC Spanish Adult Hits
KFIA 710 AM Carmichael New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. Christian Talk
KSPN 710 AM Los Angeles ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC Sports (ESPN)
KBRT 740 AM Avalon Kiertron, Inc. Christian Talk
KCBS 740 AM San Francisco CBS Radio East Inc. News
KFMB 760 AM San Diego Midwest Television, Inc. News/Talk
KCBC 770 AM Manteca Kiertron, Inc. Christian radio
KABC 790 AM Los Angeles Radio License Holding VI, LLC News/Talk
KEJY 790 AM Eureka Eureka Broadcasting Co., Inc. News/Talk
KFPT 790 AM Clovis Fat Dawgs 7 Broadcasting, LLC Sports (ESPN)
KBFP 800 AM Bakersfield CC Licenses, LLC Mexican Oldies
KGO 810 AM San Francisco Radio License Holding VIII, LLC News
KLAA 830 AM Orange LAA 1, LLC Sports (ESPN)
KNCO 830 AM Grass Valley Nevada County Broadcasters, Inc. News/Talk
KMPH 840 AM Modesto Pappas Radio of Modesto, LLC Silent
KTRB 860 AM San Francisco Susan L. Uecker, Receiver Spanish Sports
KRLA 870 AM Glendale New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. News/Talk
KKMC 880 AM Gonzales Monterey County Broadcasters, Inc. Christian radio
KIHC 890 AM Arroyo Grande IHR Educational Broadcasting Christian radio
KALI 900 AM West Covina Transition Radio, LLC, Trustee Spanish Variety
KBIF 900 AM Fresno Gore-Overgaard Broadcasting, Inc. World Ethnic
KECR 910 AM El Cajon Family Stations, Inc. Christian radio (Family Radio)
KKSF 910 AM Oakland AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC Talk
KOXR 910 AM Oxnard Lazer Licenses, LLC Ranchero
KRAK 910 AM Hesperia CBS Radio Stations, Inc. Sports (CBS)
KPSI 920 AM Palm Springs R & R Radio Corporation News/Talk
KVEC 920 AM San Luis Obispo EDB SLO License, LLC News/Talk
KVIN 920 AM Ceres Threshold Communications Adult Standards
KHJ 930 AM Los Angeles LBI Radio License LLC Ranchero
KKXX 930 AM Paradise Butte Broadcasting Company, Inc. Christian radio
KFIG 940 AM Fresno John Ostlund and Katrina Ostlund Sports (ESPN)
KAHI 950 AM Auburn IHR Educational Broadcasting News/Talk
KIXW 960 AM Apple Valley EDB VV License LLC News/Talk
KNEW 960 AM Oakland AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC Talk
KESP 970 AM Modesto Radio License Holding CBC, LLC Sports (CBS)
KHTY 970 AM Bakersfield AMFM Radio Licenses, L.L.C. Sports (FSR)
KNWZ 970 AM Coachella MCC Radio, LLC News/Talk
KDBV 980 AM Salinas Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, Inc. Spanish Christian Radio
KEYQ 980 AM Fresno The Association for Community Education, Inc. Spanish Religious
KFWB 980 AM Los Angeles KFWB License Trust News/Talk
KWSW 980 AM Eureka Eureka Broadcasting Co., Inc. News/Talk
KATD 990 AM Pittsburg Way Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Spanish brokered
KTMS 990 AM Santa Barbara Rincon Broadcasting LS LLC News/Talk
KCEO 1000 AM Vista IHR Educational Broadcasting Catholic
KCHJ 1010 AM Delano Lotus Bakersfield Corp. Ranchera/Norteño Oldies
KIQI 1010 AM San Francisco Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Spanish brokered
KXPS 1010 AM Thousand Palms CRC Media West, LLC Sports (FSR)
KTNQ 1020 AM Los Angeles KTNQ-AM License Corp. Spanish News/Talk
KJDJ 1030 AM San Luis Obispo Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, Inc. Spanish Religious
KURS 1040 AM San Diego Quetzal Bilingual Communications, Inc. Black Gospel
KCAA 1050 AM Loma Linda Broadcasting Management Services, Inc News/Talk
KJPG 1050 AM Frazier Park IHR Educational Broadcasting Christian radio
KTCT 1050 AM San Mateo Susquehanna Radio Corp. Sports (ESPN)
KTNS 1060 AM Oakhurst Casa Media Partners, LLC Regional Mexican
KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles CBS Radio East Inc. News
KSCO 1080 AM Santa Cruz Zwerling Broadcasting System, Ltd News/Talk
KNCR 1090 AM Fortuna Del Rosario Talpa, Inc. Regional Mexican
KAFY 1100 AM Bakersfield La Favorita Radio Network, Inc. Spanish Oldies
KFAX 1100 AM San Francisco New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. Christian Talk
KDIS 1110 AM Pasadena ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC Children's music (Radio Disney)
KLIB 1110 AM Roseville Way Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Silent
KZSJ 1120 AM San Martin Bustos Media Holdings, LLC Vietnamese
KRDU 1130 AM Dinuba Capstar TX LLC Christian radio
KSDO 1130 AM San Diego Hi-Favor Broadcasting, LLC Spanish Religious
KHTK 1140 AM Sacramento CBS Radio Stations Inc. Sports
KNWQ 1140 AM Palm Springs MCC Radio, LLC News/Talk
KVLI 1140 AM Lake Isabella Robert J. & Katherine M. Bohn News/Talk
KTLK 1150 AM Los Angeles Citicasters Licenses, Inc. Progressive Talk
KCBQ 1170 AM San Diego New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. News/Talk
KLOK 1170 AM San Jose Principle Bay Area Holding Co., LLC World Ethnic
KERN 1180 AM Wasco-Greenacres AGM California News/Talk
KDYA 1190 AM Vallejo Baybridge Communications, L.L.C. Urban Gospel
KGBN 1190 AM Anaheim Korean Gospel Broadcasting Network Korean
KYAA 1200 AM Soquel People's Radio, Inc. Oldies
KEBR 1210 AM Rocklin Family Stations, Inc. Christian radio (Family Radio)
KPRZ 1210 AM San Marcos-Poway New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. Christian radio
KQEQ 1210 AM Fowler Rak Communications, Inc. World Ethnic
KDOW 1220 AM Palo Alto Sca-Palo Alto, LLC News/Talk
KHTS 1220 AM Canyon Country Jeri Lyn Broadcasting, Inc. Full Service
KWKU 1220 AM Pomona Lotus Communications Corp. Spanish Sports
KBOV 1230 AM Bishop Great Country Broadcasting, Inc. Oldies
KDAC 1230 AM Fort Bragg Bicoastal Media Licenses, LLC Regional Mexican
KGEO 1230 AM Bakersfield AGM California News/Talk
KLXR 1230 AM Redding Michael R. Quinn Adult Standards
KPRL 1230 AM Paso Robles North County Communications, LLC News/Talk
KSZL 1230 AM Barstow Dos Costas Communications Corporation Talk
KWG 1230 AM Stockton IHR Christian radio
KXO 1230 AM El Centro KXO, Inc. Oldies
KYPA 1230 AM Los Angeles Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Korean
KCVV 1240 AM Sacramento Radio Santisimo Sacramento, Inc. Black Gospel
KEZY 1240 AM San Bernardino Hi-Favor Broadcasting, LLC Spanish Religious
KJOP 1240 AM Lemoore IHR Educational Broadcasting Catholic Talk
KLOA 1240 AM Ridgecrest Adelman Broadcasting, Inc. Oldies
KNRY 1240 AM Monterey Bay IHR Educational Broadcasting News/Talk
KNSN 1240 AM San Diego Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Christian radio
KPOD 1240 AM Crescent City Bicoastal Media Licenses II, LLC News/Talk
KSMX 1240 AM Santa Maria EDB SLO License, LLC News/Talk
KSUE 1240 AM Susanville Sierra Broadcasting Corporation News/Talk
KHOT 1250 AM Madera IHR Educational Broadcasting Catholic Talk
KLLK 1250 AM Willits Bicoastal Media Licenses, LLC Regional Mexican
KNWH 1250 AM Yucca Valley MCC Radio, LLC News/Talk
KZER 1250 AM Santa Barbara Lazer Licenses, LLC Regional Mexican
KMZT 1260 AM Beverly Hills Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc. Classical
KSFB 1260 AM San Francisco IHR Educational Broadcasting Christian radio
KFUT 1270 AM Thousand Palms MCC Radio, LLC Spanish Oldies
KJUG 1270 AM Tulare Momentum Broadcasting LP Religious
KXBX 1270 AM Lakeport Bicoastal Media Licenses, LLC Adult Standards
KFRN 1280 AM Long Beach Family Stations, Inc. Christian radio (Family Radio)
KWSX 1280 AM Stockton Capstar TX LLC News/Talk
KXTK 1280 AM Arroyo Grande Pacific Coast Media LLC Sports (ESPN)
KAZA 1290 AM Gilroy Radio Fiesta Corp. Spanish Religious
KKDD 1290 AM San Bernardino AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC Children's music (Radio Disney)
KPAY 1290 AM Chico Deer Creek Broadcasting, LLC News/Talk
KZSB 1290 AM Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Broadcasting, Inc. News/Talk
KAZN 1300 AM Pasadena Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Chinese
KPMO 1300 AM Mendocino JPR Foundation Inc. Public Radio
KROP 1300 AM Brawley Lardog Communications, LLC Talk
KWRU 1300 AM Fresno Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Spanish
KFVR 1310 AM Crescent City Del Rosario Talpa, Inc Regional Mexican
KIQQ 1310 AM Barstow Casa Media Partners, LLC Regional Mexican
KMKY 1310 AM Oakland RD San Francisco Assets, LLC Children's music (Radio Disney)
KCTC 1320 AM West Sacramento Entercom Sacramento License, LLC Sports (ESPN)
KKSM 1320 AM Oceanside Palomar Community College District Variety
KSDT 1320 AM Hemet Rudex Broadcasting Limited Corp. Silent
KJPR 1330 AM Shasta Lake City JPR Foundation Inc. Public Radio
KLBS 1330 AM Los Banos Ethnic Radio of Los Banos, Inc. Portuguese
KWKW 1330 AM Los Angeles Lotus Communications Corp. Spanish Sports
KATA 1340 AM Arcata Bicoastal Media Licenses II, LLC Sports (ESPN)
KCBL 1340 AM Fresno Capstar TX LLC Sports (FSR)
KCLU 1340 AM Santa Barbara California Lutheran University News/Talk
KEWE 1340 AM Oroville Deer Creek Broadcasting, LLC Sports (FSR)
KOMY 1340 AM La Selva Beach Zwerling Broadcasting System, Ltd Oldies
KTOX 1340 AM Needles Creative Broadcasting Services, Inc. News/Talk
KTPI 1340 AM Mojave CC Licenses, LLC Adult Standards
KVGC 1340 AM Jackson Mother Lode Broadcasting 
KWXY 1340 AM Cathedral City R & R Radio Corporation Easy Listening
KYNS 1340 AM San Luis Obispo Mapleton License of San Luis Obispo, LLC News/Talk
KLHC 1350 AM Bakersfield Force Broadcasting, LLC Spanish Religious
KSRO 1350 AM Santa Rosa Maverick Media of Santa Rosa License LLC News/Talk
KTDD 1350 AM San Bernardino Citicasters Licenses, Inc. Sports (FSR)
KFIV 1360 AM Modesto Capstar TX LLC News/Talk
KLSD 1360 AM San Diego Citicasters Licenses, Inc. Sports (FSR)
KWDJ 1360 AM Ridgecrest Adelman Broadcasting, Inc. News/Talk
KGEN 1370 AM Tulare Azteca Broadcasting Corp. Regional Mexican
KRAC 1370 AM Quincy Huth-Penney Broadcasting LLC Silent
KWRM 1370 AM Corona Major Market Stations, Inc. Regional Mexican/Chinese
KZSF 1370 AM San Jose Carlos A. Duharte Regional Mexican
KOSS 1380 AM Lancaster High Desert Broadcasting, LLC News/Talk
KTKZ 1380 AM Sacramento New Inspiration Broadcasting Company, Inc. News/Talk
KLOC 1390 AM Turlock La Favorita Radio Network, Inc. Spanish Religious
KLTX 1390 AM Long Beach Hi-Favor Broadcasting, LLC Spanish Religious
KESQ 1400 AM Indio Gulf-California Broadcast Co. Spanish Religious
KIHH 1400 AM Eureka IHR Educational Broadcasting Catholic
KKJL 1400 AM San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Broadcasting, Inc Adult Standards
KKZZ 1400 AM Santa Paula Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC Talk
KQMS 1400 AM Redding Mapleton License of Redding, LLC News/Talk
KRZR 1400 AM Visalia Capstar TX LLC Talk
KUKI 1400 AM Ukiah Bicoastal Media Licenses, LLC Regional Mexican
KVTO 1400 AM Berkeley YMF Media California Licensee LLC World Ethnic
KCAL 1410 AM Redlands Lazer Licenses, LLC Spanish Oldies
KERI 1410 AM Bakersfield AGM California Christian Talk
KMYC 1410 AM Marysville Tom F. Huth Talk
KRML 1410 AM Carmel CVAC, Inc. AAA
KSMA 1410 AM Lompoc Knight Broadcasting, Inc. News/Talk
KSTN 1420 AM Stockton KNOX, Inc. Oldies
KJAY 1430 AM Sacramento Teresa And Trudi Powell Co-Executors World Ethnic
KMRB 1430 AM San Gabriel Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Chinese
KVVN 1430 AM Santa Clara YMF Media California Licensee LLC Vietnamese
KWST 1430 AM El Centro Entravision Holdings, LLC Spanish Adult Hits
KYNO 1430 AM Fresno Fat Dawgs 7 Broadcasting, LLC Oldies
KFNY 1440 AM Riverside Citicasters Licenses, L.P. Comedy
KUHL 1440 AM Santa Maria Knight Broadcasting, Inc. News/Talk
KVON 1440 AM Napa Wine Country Broadcasting Company News/Talk
KEST 1450 AM San Francisco Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Multilingual
KFSD 1450 AM Escondido North County Broadcasting Corporation Financial News
KOBO 1450 AM Yuba City Tom F. Huth Regional Mexican
KPTR 1450 AM Palm Springs R & R Radio Corporation Progressive Talk
KQTE 1450 AM Helendale Dr. Charles W. Love 
KTIP 1450 AM Porterville Mayberry Broadcasting Company, Inc. News/Talk
KVEN 1450 AM Ventura Cumulus Licensing LLC Sports (CBS)
KVML 1450 AM Sonora Clarke Broadcasting Corporation News/Talk
KCNR 1460 AM Shasta Free Fire Media, Inc. Adult Standards
KION 1460 AM Salinas CC Licenses, LLC News/Talk
KRRS 1460 AM Santa Rosa California Broadcasting Company, LLC Regional Mexican
KTYM 1460 AM Inglewood Trans America Broadcasting Corp. Christian Radio/Ethnic
KIID 1470 AM Sacramento Radio Disney Sacramento, LLC Children's music (Radio Disney)
KUTY 1470 AM Palmdale High Desert Broadcasting, LLC Regional Mexican
KGOE 1480 AM Eureka Bicoastal Media Licenses II, LLC News/Talk
KSBQ 1480 AM Santa Maria Lazer Licenses, LLC Spanish Oldies
KVNR 1480 AM Santa Ana LBI Radio License LLC Vietnamese
KYOS 1480 AM Merced Mapleton License of Merced, LLC News/Talk
KBLF 1490 AM Red Bluff Huth-Penney Broadcasting LLC Adult Standards
KGBA 1490 AM Calexico The Voice of International Christian Evangelism, Inc. Contemporary Christian
KLZN 1490 AM Susanville Sierra Radio, Inc. Sports (FSR)
KMET 1490 AM Banning Banning Radio, LLC Talk
KOWL 1490 AM South Lake Tahoe CCR-Lake Tahoe IV, LLC News/Talk
KRKC 1490 AM King City Radio del Rey Incorporated Country
KSPE 1490 AM Santa Barbara Rincon Broadcasting LS LLC Spanish Adult Hits
KSYC 1490 AM Yreka JPR Foundation Inc. Public Radio
KTOB 1490 AM Petaluma California Broadcasting Company, LLC Regional Mexican
KWAC 1490 AM Bakersfield Lotus Bakersfield Corp. Spanish Sports
KSJX 1500 AM San Jose Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Vietnamese
KIRV 1510 AM Fresno Centro Cristiano Viva Abundante, Inc. Christian radio
KSFN 1510 AM Piedmont Mapleton License of San Francisco, LLC Chinese
KSPA 1510 AM Ontario Ontario Broadcasting, LLC Adult Standards
KMPG 1520 AM Hollister Promo Radio Corp. Regional Mexican
KVTA 1520 AM Port Hueneme Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC Talk
KFBK 1530 AM Sacramento AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC News/Talk
KMPC 1540 AM Los Angeles P&Y Broadcasting Corporation Korean
KWRN 1550 AM Apple Valley Major Market Stations, Inc. Regional Mexican
KXEX 1550 AM Fresno Compass Broadcasting, Inc. Sports (YSR)
KZDG 1550 AM San Francisco CBS Radio East Inc. Asian
KIQS 1560 AM Willows Radio Pan de Vida, LLC Regional Mexican
KNZR 1560 AM Bakersfield Buckley Broadcasting of California, LLC News/Talk
KCVR 1570 AM Lodi Entravision Holdings, LLC Spanish Adult Hits
KPRO 1570 AM Riverside Impact Radio, Inc. Christian radio
KTGE 1570 AM Salinas Wolfhouse Radio Group, Inc. Regional Mexican
KBLA 1580 AM Santa Monica Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Spanish Variety
KLIV 1590 AM San Jose Empire Broadcasting News
KUNX 1590 AM Ventura Gold Coast Broadcasting LLC Spanish Talk
KVTR 1590 AM Victorville Rudex Broadcasting Limited Corp. Ranchero
KAHZ 1600 AM Pomona Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Chinese
KGST 1600 AM Fresno Lotus Fresno Corp. Spanish Sports
KTAP 1600 AM Santa Maria Emerald Wave Media Spanish Hits
KUBA 1600 AM Yuba City Results Radio of Chico Licensee, LLC Classic Hits
KSMH 1620 AM West Sacramento IHR Educational Broadcasting Christian radio
KDIA 1640 AM Vallejo Baybridge Communications, L.L.C. Christian Talk
KFOX 1650 AM Torrance HK Media, Inc. Korean
KTIQ 1660 AM Merced Mapleton License of Merced, LLC Spanish Contemporary Christian
KHPY 1670 AM Moreno Valley El Sembrador Ministries Spanish Religious
KNRO 1670 AM Redding Mapleton License of Redding, LLC Sports (FSR)
KGED 1680 AM Fresno Compass Broadcasting, Inc. Spanish Religious
KFSG 1690 AM Roseville Way Broadcasting Licensee, LLC Multilingual


One thing that will likely keep AM radio going in many areas of the country is specialized ethnic and regional/local programming.
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2013, 04:37:50 AM »

When I listen to AM, it seems like the dial is packed end to end, and that's from Southern Ohio. Considering all the advertising dollars feeding television stations, I would think AM would have no shortage of sponsors. Where I live, even on FM we have THREE FM stations, and there's only 26,000 in our entire county (around 7,000 or so in the town I live in).

I don't know what it's actually like from the stations' point of view, but from my point of view it seems AM is surprisingly alive and well. Hopefully it will stay that way, too - listening to AM broadcasts is what got me into amateur radio to begin with.
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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 12:05:56 PM »

radio owners have been wailing about tight margins and declining listenership for years.  I have to agree with the higher numbers of stations a single owner can operate in a market as slicing the money "so thin, the in-laws will NEVER come back."  but doing the same thing 15 times in a market and calling it different, that's the owners' fault.  and the past couple of years, so the MSM tells me, FM is the same way.

about the only thing local any more is the transmitter building and the free concert ticket partners.
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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2013, 08:05:48 PM »

radio owners have been wailing about tight margins and declining listenership for years.  I have to agree with the higher numbers of stations a single owner can operate in a market as slicing the money "so thin, the in-laws will NEVER come back."  but doing the same thing 15 times in a market and calling it different, that's the owners' fault.  and the past couple of years, so the MSM tells me, FM is the same way.

about the only thing local any more is the transmitter building and the free concert ticket partners.

Let me guess.... Another anti-"conglomerate" argument...

As of a couple of years ago:

•14,728 full power radio stations: 4,778 AM, 6533 FM, and 3,417 educational FM. There are 859 Low Power FM stations.

Of the full-power stations, approximately 10,000 are commercial.

"Large" radio station owners list:

•American Family Association
•Beasley Broadcast Group
•Bible Broadcasting Network
•Bonneville International
•CBS Radio
•Clear Channel
•Connoisseur Media
•Cox Radio
•Cumulus Media
•Educational Media Foundation
•Emmis Communications
•Entercom Communications
•Entravision Communications
•Family Stations
•Greater Media
•Hubbard Radio
•Journal Broadcast Group
•Liberman Broadcasting
•Lotus Communications
•Main Line Broadcasting
•Mapleton Communications


•Maverick Media
•Merlin Media
•Midwest Communications
•Minnesota Public Radio
•Moody Bible Institute
•Morris Communications
•Multicultural Radio Broadcasting
•Nassau Broadcasting Partners
•New Northwest Broadcasters
•NextMedia Group
•NRG Media
•Pamal Broadcasting
•Qantum Communications
•Radio One
•Saga Communications
•Salem Communications
•South Central Communications
•Times-Shamrock Communications
•Townsquare Media
•Triad Broadcasting
•Univision Communications
•Wilks Broadcast Group

If these are "guilty" of "slicing up" the pie, then exactly what is the inference? That stations who VOLUNTARILY  put themselves UP FOR SALE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER should have just abandoned their license and facilities to whichever opportunistic survivalist naked radio entrepreneur would assume ownership by default?

Let's hear a better, more informed and cogent argument about why radio is supposedly dead.

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« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2013, 12:54:33 PM »

I got that whine from reports off Poynter and general media that has covered things like the Radio Programmers and NAB conventions, where they have seminars on listenership fade.  I suspect it's the whole constellation of ownership that wants to goose the profits, although it's well known that Cumulus and Clear Channel have used the "low returns" argument every time they axe staff and move more programming to a systemwide basis.

private operators like Hubbard all the way down to Joe and Jane Smalltown don't have to report a darn thing, but the big boys, look up their stock charts.  dead money on the Street.
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« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2013, 02:55:24 PM »

Gentlemen, it is quite simple. A changing demographic and a technological/cultural shift.

Most people these days don't even realize their cell phone is a radio. It connects via some ethereal unknown cellphone technology. You can have everything "delivered" (not received) to your phone you could ever want. However your carrier (not broadcaster) limits you to to what they offer; they have the control and get paid for it. And people are fine with that.

Radio is free for the listener. The business model is dependent on people coming to a broadcaster and paying for its airtime. It's a single ended business model. When Sirius came out with the idea of paying to use "radio", it was not broadly accepted by consumers. However, people have no problem paying for their "radio" phone. Why? Because the average consumer is not aware its actually a two-way radio. It's a cell phone, not a radio.

So broadcasters had to fall back on the lowest common denominator simply to remain viable. For AM radio the business solution was foul and distasteful political rhetoric and/or religion. For television, it became foul and distasteful reality TV. People will listen to foul and distasteful, but only if they don't pay for it.

What is truly foul is the current modern use and monopolies created of AM radio for the purpose of scaring the populous into believing in a singular political view. A view that actually serves only the type of people in control of the media, the ultra-rich. And the change in FCC policy to allow single corporations to control nearly every radio station in a market therefore allowing this manipulation to be absolute and unavoidable. Which insures the populous is manipulated to vote for only that political view, which they are unaware is only there to serve the needs of a limited few and not them. This is why these FCC regulations were created in the first place. To allow people to hear more than just one view and to prevent the manipulation, not just of the media, but the populous as a whole. People were once allowed to chose. That is no longer the case. They are unknowingly being trained like dogs. Most are unaware of alternative views as a result. They have been trained to think only one way exists.

The Communists in China do the same thing. So do the North Korean's. The Nazi's in Germany also did this. Basically, it was a political scam that created this situation. A politically motivated plan to control thought. Foul indeed, but it was a really effective business model. At least until over-saturation forced the public into either listening to only one station or not at all. Now they whine about dwindling returns, when its obvious the reason for the takeover and monopolies was to control people. They want their cake and eat it too apparently. Control thought to get business friendly politicians elected and make profits from broadcasting. I have no sympathy. Thank god for the Latino population, they still want to be entertained and listen to music. They are also more savvy about political manipulation of the media.

AM radio used to be the only game in town. It was part of our human culture and experience to the point where most people even understood the technology. Not so anymore. Radio is hidden from view now, not talked about, and even avoided by "service providers". They use terms like that instead of media broadcasters, which is what they are. When have you ever heard a cell phone company use the term radio when talking about "coverage". Or refer to radio reception when talking about "content delivery". God help them if the public ever realized cell phones are actually complex radios. Isn't radio free, after all. As a result, radio is no longer part of the culture or collective consciousness, even though it's used more now than ever. It's cell phone "magic". Not unlike the way radio was in the 20's & 30's when RCA controlled everything radio.

Radio was intuitive for people. People knew they had to climb up their roof, and reposition their antenna that was directional towards the transmitter. Nowadays, if people are "streaming" (not receiving) a video into their cell and it stops because of bad radio reception, they stop dead in there tracks and start tapping on their cell phone as if to help conjure back the magic. It's only us older guys who actually start to move around to get better reception, that intuition is still there. My neighbor in my apartment building said he, " ... doesn't understand why my carrier doesn't deliver cell phone service in our building. They should hook that up." I said to him it's just that the radio reception in the building isn't that good. He looked at me like I had four eyes and went on to say, "Radio? No I'm talking about my cell phone. I don't use a radio. I don't even own one". He doesn't realize he owns several. His cell, his wireless router, his wireless phone, etc. He's 22 and just doesn't have that intuitive sense of radio.
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« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2013, 12:32:02 AM »

A couple of years ago, I went to the optician. He asked 'What do you do?'
I said 'I'm a consultant radio engineer'.
The response was 'You can't get much work - nobody uses radio any more - it's all digital'
When I asked 'How do you think the digits get through the air to your 'phone?' he went all quiet.
He wasn't a very good optician either.
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