Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I wonder how much longer that will be. I think eventually the government and the FCC will do to radio what they did with TV and force a transition to digital signals. The AM/FM sprectrum has a lot of wasted bandwidth because you can't give radio stationsin the same area frequencies to close to each other without causing interference. Not only can you pack more info in less bandwidth with a digital signal, but the signals can be sent out using repeaters on existing cell towers, which, I believe, is what satellite radio does to provide reception in areas where a clear line of site between satellite and radio is difficult to impossible. The days of needing a 50, 000 watt transmitter to reach the masses are coming to a close. There could be a day in the not too distant future where you can get Pandora and MLB Audio directly over your car radio, without the need for a WLW to carry the signal.
The air waves are getting crowded. I'm 2 hours away and WLW used to come in as clear as if it was in the next room. Now I really can't listen to it due to all the static and interference. I went to XM and the internet so that I could listen to the Reds. If the big selling point is the nationwide coverage, I've got news for them. I can hardly get it 100 miles away.
When I do get it, I kind of wish I'd passed on it.