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Monday, November 10, 2008

AM Radio Broadcasting

For several years, I’ve been alarmed at the “drivel” presented on the AM Radio Waves in America. When talk radio emerged in 1949 the “Fairness Doctrine” was established to mandate opposing political and social views.

In 1969 the Supreme Court said:

"It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited
marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to
countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the government
itself or a private licensee. It is the right of the public to receive
suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral and other ideas and
experiences which is crucial here. That right may not constitutionally be
abridged either by Congress or by the FCC."

— U.S. Supreme Court, Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, 1969.

But ever since the early 80’s, AM Radio has deteriorated into a virtual cesspool of misinformation. There’s only a limited space on the AM Radio dial and most of it is owned and operated by a very few select owners.

This is an important issue….. Our form of government demands a medium for discussion and dialogue. It’s not happening now!

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