Motorola's C-Quam system was finally chosen by the FCC as the standard in 1993, but, by that time, the luster had worn off.
Broadcasters who were leery of buying AM Stereo equipment in the early 1980s (fearing that it would become obsolete at the whim of the FCC) slowly abandoned interest in the concept by the late 1980s.
) AM started out as a freewheeling, 'throw up a transmitter and go with it' gamut of radio waves in its earliest days, with a couple of assigned frequencies (833 kc [primarily news and weather] and 618.6 kc [primarily music.]) and virtually no rules to allow a fair distribution of the dial for broadcasters.(By mid-1922, all five DFW stations agreed to a timesharing plan on each frequency.) November 11, 1928 was declared "National Frequency Allocation Day," when the Federal Radio Commission (FRC, predecessor to the FCC) brought organization to the dial by assigning dedicated frequencies to the strongest stations, and culling out many of the small-time opportunists who weren't serious about broadcasting.AM radio in Dallas-Fort Worth, as with the rest of the nation, was mostly entertainment and news programming in its infancy; however, its value and importance was secured during World War II as the center of information for a concerned public.With the introduction of television to the masses in the late 1940s, radio's demise was assumed to be imminent.Powerhouse WBAP was awarded a clear channel position on the dial; it is one of only a small handful of stations in the nation that's allowed to blast its signal to a reported 42 states!
And to honor the art of "DX-ing" (distance listening,) Wednesdays after 3PM were declared "Silent Night" in the '20s...low-powered stations turned off their transmitters so that high-powered stations across the US could be easily received on anyone's dial.
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Whether you knock AM radio today for its relentless static or its lack of music, this is where it all began.
The early 20th century brought the first radio stations to the Dallas-Fort Worth area: KFJZ (with roots dating back to 1917,) WRR (in 1920,) WPA, WBAP and WFAA (all in 1922,) and the rest is history (well, almost!
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