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July 03, 2012


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That's the kind of image that i really thing is super image like. If more images very real like this were out there we'd be super full of graet images in the world.

car crash live

Howdy! This post couldn't be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

Allen Shaw

Media history has shown that it if far more likely for new technology to co-exist with older technology rather than replace it. Television did not replace the movie theater, cable and sat TV has not replaced the TV networks and affiliated stations,and there is little evidence, to date, that iPods, smartphones,
Pandora, or Sirius/XM will replace broadcast radio. So far, 92% of the American Public agrees with me. Radio is a very efficient way to deliver audio content to the masses. It is free, it's local and requires no effort whatsoever from the user. Most radio stations remain on the air when the power fails. Cellphone carriers cannot warn the public if the power is out at their towers. In short, I believe radio serves major purposes and has a bright future.


Looks like a number of Virginia stations were knocked off the air due to the derecho:


I call BS!



Same point I made in my comment when this story was featured in a blog. Good to see its getting some traction. FM Radio is a must. Internet goes down all the time, calls drop, etc etc. FM Signal is very durable. The Internet will never warn you about tornados, storm warnings, etc.

Ira Wilner

10 days worth of fuel on hand? Not likely though I wish it were so. Fuel storage tanks of sufficient size would be huge, be they Diesel or LP. I'm lucky to have 48 hours worth of fuel on hand for my class-B FM which is quite power hungry. Now, if you're lucky enough to be in a community served by gas mains you might have an almost unlimited supply of fuel on hand.


I live in the DC area and listened to WTOP after our power went out. WTOP kept repeating the same news over and over, so I got very little out of their "reporting". Of course, I was following the TV weatherman, who was following the derecho front, and warned us the the power would go out. I tuned around the AM/FM dial with my pocket-radio, and all the other stations acted like nothing was happening. Our cell phones worked perfectly.

I believe this is all a ruse to eventually get HD Radio chipsets mandated onto cell phones. The NAB stated they are not seeking a mandate, but I don't belive them. When Verizon and AT&T didn't even show up at that House subcomittee meeting, where Smulyan showed off the new iBiquity-enabled cell phone, that says volumes. Shapiro, of the CEA, was there just to make sure the word "mandate" didn't appear. Interesting that Smulyan is the only iBiquity investor pushing for HD in cell phones. Can one imagine HD Radio reception in a cell phone? What a joke, but it would be a goldmine for iBiquity. As you stated, Eric, homes have multiple analog radios, plus one in each car, so why the big push for HD in cell phones?

Terrestrial radio has no business demanding that another technology be burdoned with their desires. Some cell phones have FM chipsets, and if consumers desire, they can have them enabled.

This is the exact situation when iBiquity tried to force HD chipsets into satellite radio receivers, during the merger. Good-luck with this one, too.

Rod Schwartz

Spot-on, Eric, and worth everyone's time and effort to share with others.

One thing I might add: some talented writers/producers have created a batch of radio spots (:30's and :60's) to impress upon radio listeners the desirability of having radio-enabled mobile phones. Those spots are available for download and airplay, FREE OF CHARGE, at: radioreadyphones.com (Click on "Commercials").

Mark Heller

This article is 'on the money'...and frankly, amazing, how one broadcaster is standing up for this, while everyone else is 'whistling in the dark!'. But there are other issues, like promoting the re-use of 82-88 MHz for AM broadcasters or at the least synchronizing AM carriers using GPS frequency technology (at very little cost) to improve nighttime AM radio quality. Everyone wants the sparkly baubble, instead of the item that is a work horse. And, it's an industry-wide problem of folks in power using the words "can't" and "won't".

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