Originally Posted by difuse
AM radio no longer has anything like Jack Benny or Fred Allen. It changed to survive. AM still has local news and weather.
FM radio also changed, is changing, for survival.
I can see the FCC allowing 20 or so UHF plus the VHF channels for broadcast., If for no other reason than to have something to regulate in the public interest..
If the NAB has any arrows left in its quiver, it had best pull and loose soon.
AM radio has survived, but I don't see that as a good thing, considering the programming that it offers.
I certainly would not trust the news operations of most AM stations. Local TV news is much more trustworthy, and newspapers are even better because they can go into more detail. Local TV stations are good for weather reports, especially in smaller markets that are neglected by national cable channels.
FM radio has survived, but very little of it is local anymore, and some of the companies that own the stations are heavily in debt.
The NAB has run some TV ads promoting broadcast TV, but remember that local stations get a lot of revenue from retransmission consent, so they are not likely to be too zealous in promoting OTA.
I think a decent job of repacking could be done with just 30 channels, RF 7 through RF 36.