Do you listen to AM radio? Why?

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  1. BobbyZ

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    Probably listen to AM more than FM. FM has stations that play very specific music and only a few songs of whatever type they play.
    When classic rock channels came on FM I really liked them but after a while they just rot your brain with their small play list.
    Coast to Coast keeps me awake when I'm driving around after midnight on dawn patrol in the winters.
    The 68 Dodge pickup I bought to fix up still sports it's original AM radio, no plans to down grade that with a modern one.
     
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    Summer 1983, while attending Navy flight school for P-3's at NAS Jacksonville, FL, we would regularly be able to tune in Chicago's WLS at night, not for the programming, but just because we could.
     
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    Occasionally, I'll dial into 680AM in Toronto. They offer generally good news, and generally excellent traffic up dates. It's usually for the traffic that I dial in for. Toronto traffic is horrific, and sometimes I just want answers as to why I've been sitting in the same spot on the highway for 20 minutes! As the news comes before and after, I'll usually stick around and hear what's up. It's very local, nothing international. Then, it's back to the regular JazzFM 91.1, of which I'm a perpetual donor.
     
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    Yes. Better static on AM than FM.
     
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    Actually, “No static at all…”

     
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    For me mostly news and weather (or live sports sometimes). There used to be some NYC based Jamaican stations I could pull in, but they went in different directions and got less enjoyable to me.
     
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    I only listen to AM for sports now and then.

    Dan Bern - The Golden Voice of Vin Scully

     
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    No more AM radio for me anymore ( all my radio-listening is in the car), as there is just nothing there that interests me anymore.
    There may still be a local Sports station there, just not sure, as I never even think to check the dial

    The local DC station ( just general local interest/events, old fart music, news, weather, popular hosts) that many of us baby boomers loved, grew up with in the '60's, took a right turn political in the '90's, and any R&R, pop stations dissapeared

    Still listen to a lot of FM though-

    NPR, C-SPAN, news, Sports and the lame 'Big 100' Rock Station ( that literally does NOT seem to even have 100 songs in its playlist)- but I stay tuned in!
     
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    I do the same thing. I am also in DC and can get often get 650 AM WSM out of Nashville...even on a $15 Sony Walkman.

    And we are not the only ones...

    AM DXing – Long Distance AM Radio Listening
     
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    When I was in college, one of my cars only had an AM radio. So, for 2 years I listened to nothing but Howard Stern and gospel music. Can't say I got much out of either. Later I'd occasionally listen to a baseball game when I was driving. I have no idea what's on it now.

    AM is a wasteland. FM is a wasteland, too, but AM is more of a wasteland.
     
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    No...

    I rarely listen to any radio.

    And, when I do it's almost always NPR.

    (I hate commercials.)
     
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    Vast wasteland.
     
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    Good god no!

    But I'd reckon the reason would be to get all the fights about stuff we can't fight about here?
     
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    I had an old Marshall that pulled in NYC Mexican radio.
     
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    I can't imagine looking to any broadcast medium for anything important. Any serious perspective is in writing, so it can be cross referenced and verified. Everyone who appears in mass media is just some lazy babbling head seeking easy attention.

    The big tragedy of the television and radio era was a whole culture that believed something substantial would come of it. It's suitable for cheap entertainment, at best.
     
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    I dig the sweet mids of AM radio.
     
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    I can't imagine looking to the internet for anything important. Any serious perspective is in the quiet contemplative life, so it can be experienced and internalized. Everyone who appears on the internet is just some lazy babbling head seeking easy attention.

    The big tragedy of the internet era was a whole culture that believed something substantial would come of it. It's suitable for cheap entertainment, at best.
     
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    I listen to the local AM talkback station quite often. But the actual AM band sounds pretty crappy so nowadays I listen through the digital band.
     
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    Unfortunately, you're right.

    It could be a tremendous informative/educational tool, across the board.

    But, commercialism has ruined it.

    imo.
     
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    Most AM radios made for the last couple of decades have very ****ty receivers with the exception of Sangean/Crane and the like. I enjoy shortwave as well.
     
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