Remember When We’d Listen to The Radio …

Finnish Perspective

This particular diary was inspired by two things. Some comments on a previous one. And the this story on Low Power FM.

You may not listen as much as you once did, but something very interesting is about to happen on your radio dial (not that anyone has a dial anymore). The airwaves, which changed markedly in the last couple of decades, could do so again. Since 1990, 250 local AM stations have disappeared while the number of FM stations has almost doubled. Meanwhile, fledging Low Power FM (LPFM) stations have taken root in communities across the country.

In the coming months, hundreds of local community nonprofits will find out if their applications for licenses to run a new generation of 100-watt LPFM stations have been approved. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission is taking a fresh look at AM radio with the intent of shoring up the…

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