Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Quest to Save AM Before It’s Lost in the Static

WASHINGTON — Is anyone out there still listening?
Ajit Pai, the Republican on the F.C.C., called AM radio "the audible core of our national culture."

The digital age is killing AM radio, an American institution that brought the nation fireside chats, Casey Kasem's Top 40 and scratchy broadcasts of the World Series. Long surpassed by FM and more recently cast aside by satellite radio and Pandora, AM is now under siege from a new threat: rising interference from smartphones and consumer electronics that reduce many AM stations to little more than static. Its audience has sunk to historical lows.

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