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May 29, 2015 11:53 am  #1

Brazil’s AM Phase-Out Proceeds Slowly

Looks like the death of AM in Brazil not going quite as predicted..  I'm guessing thousands of miles coverage versus 10's and hundres isn't quite as appealing in a land mass like they have.  Always seemed like a stupid move anyway.  Kind of like forcing record manufacturers to use cassette tapes, when CD's were already on the market.

(Via RadioMagOnline)

SÃO PAULO, Brazil— In December 2013, the Brazilian government decided to phase out the low-power AM stations and to enable medium and high power AM stations to migrate to FM. They elected to go this route over digital, and some broadcasters are now questioning the decision two years later, according to the DRM Consortium.

In 2014, about 80 percent of the total AM broadcasters enrolled in the phase-out program, which will require expanding the FM spectrum (79 to 88 MHZ) to utilize the band currently occupied by analog TV. Brazil will be the first country to test this method.

After 17 months, eight of the registered stations, located in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, have met the technical requirements for migration. However, the government has not yet set a price for the new FM licenses.
Brazilian public broadcaster EBC has five AM stations and has indicated that it does not want to migrate them and is concerned about the progress, the DRM Consortium reports on its website.

Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.