The Time to Consider All Digital Radio Has Arrived


Tuesday, April 26 | 12:35 PM - 12:55 PM


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AM radio as a service is struggling to be relevant in the age of digital audio distribution, but this does not have to be so. With the FCC’s authorization of all-digital AM services in October 2020, AM broadcasters now have a path to a more competitive digital service. This paper will provide a brief history of the development of all-digital AM and then focus on the advantages which all-digital AM provides, most notably the ability to provide audio program metadata to receivers and the promise of significant reductions in adjacent-channel interference compared to analog services. Finally, a discussion of how the industry might successfully transition from analog to all-digital is offered.

A Sub-Session Under:

AM and FM HD Radio


Glynn Walden
VP Engineering (retired)
CBS Radio

Session Type:
Paper Presentation