thanks for the link, im a visual learner and that picture nailed it for me for how i understood AM
ps. i should have checked earlier but i completly forgot about wikipedia, there are some animated gif's and some diagrams that made it all clear, thanks again!
Also this is pretty good: http://www.cybercollege.com/frtv/frtv017.htm
Note that AM and FM are exactly the same thing without modulation. In fact, even with modulation, on a spectrum analyzer they can look the same: A carrier, with sidebands occurring based on the modulation frequency. Real FM broadcast stations usually looks more complex because they contains special signals that provide for stereo modulation, and often subcarriers containing other information.