IBOC (It Bothers Other Channels) is now on 24/7
richardoneill at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 16 11:12:22 CDT 2007
"Will one of the flashpoints in the coming battle over HD Radio on AM at
night end up being upstate NEW YORK?
It's starting to look that way, thanks to Bob Savage, founder and owner
of WYSL (1040 Avon). The famously independent broadcaster (and longtime
friend of this column and its editor) has been stirring up a hornet's
nest with his "call to action" for fellow small AM stations facing what
he says will be ruinous interference from nighttime HD broadcasts on the
In Savage's case, his 500-watt night signal, which does a surprisingly
good job of reaching Rochester, 20 miles to the north, will likely be
all but extinguished (possibly even within its own city of license,
Savage says) on many nights by the digital sidebands from WBZ (1030 Boston).
Savage says he's received support for his campaign from several big guns
in the industry, including WSM (650 Nashville) chief engineer Watt
Hairston, and he's asking other stations in similar situations to his to
contact Congress and the NAB to call for action to save their signals
"Any gain from implementation of HD-AM, no matter how slight, will come
at the expense of massive trauma to small and medium market AM
operators," says Savage. He says he stands to lose a significant amount
of sports revenue - and potentially a good chunk of his retirement, too,
having staked it on the success of WYSL - if the station can't be heard
Could WYSL end up being one of the test cases for the interference
disputes that are bound to arise come mid-September, when nighttime HD
on AM is legalized? We'll be listening."
Wanna see what IBOC looks like on a spectrum display?
Let the legal fireworks begin!
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