The Future of AM Radio
Lou Frenzel Blog | Feb 17, 2016
Can you believe AM radio is still around? Me and a few others still do use it. I listen mostly in the car for traffic, weather, and news, though sometimes I listen to talk programs on a small AM/FM kitchen radio. Seems so retro, but it is still useful.

Nevertheless, AM radio has been in decline for years, with many AM stations going out of business each year. Now there are only 4,684 left as of the end of 2015. That stands in contrast to the 6,701 commercial FM stations that are thriving, a number that does not include an additional 4,095 educational FM stations and 1,433 low power stations. All this is still analog, remember. So some big questions come to mind: Why is AM dying, and what can be done to save it?

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