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With the expiration of the current radio contract, the Marlins flagship of WQAM could be replaced by any number of AM and FM stations. Would you prefer the Marlins flagship in Miami be on FM or AM?

 

A move to FM would allow for stereo sound, a better network to be formed around the state, and a chance for the team to reach a wider audience with a signal that younger demographics are more likely to tune into.

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BTW, this is an increasing trend towards having co-flagships in baseball, it exists for almost every NFL team.

 

In 2005 the Braves will have WGST-AM and a Rock FM station as flagships again. The Royals already have WHB-AM and a Rock FM station as co-flagships with only games starting after 7PM on the FM. The Red Sox once had an FM flagship, as does Montreal with it's French games on CKOO-FM right now.

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The only decent signals I get on AM are QAM and FTL. 940 is decent until sundown, then the old Civil Defense laws force them to crank down their signal and it craps out.

 

Not sure about others b/c I don't spend a lot of time cruising AM looking for Haitian political talkshows, but from hitting scan on the radio I usually only come up with those three, especially at night.

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? Would you prefer the Marlins flagship in Miami be on FM or AM?

 

A move to FM would allow for stereo sound, a better network to be formed around the state, and a chance for the team to reach a wider audience with a signal that younger demographics are more likely to tune into.

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Cape', your description of a move to FM reveals a bias. But, that's okay because I respect your extraordinary expertise.

 

As a Boynton Beach resident, I could care less whether the Miami Flagship is AM or FM (and I believe FM would make it more difficult for me to receive.)

I listen to the game on WJNA (strong reception here.)

 

Frequently, I listen first to WQAM because WJNA doesn't carry Boog's pre-game show. (That's a big WJNA mistake.)

After the game, I switch from WJNA to WQAM for the Ed Kaplan show. Ed is good, very good, hands-down the best on WQAM.

 

Here then, the thoughts of a frequent radio listener who grew up with Red Barber, Vin Scully, Mel Allen, etc., and is now pleased with Boog and Dave. But, give me Boog's pre-game and Ed Kaplan's excellence.

 

AM/FM? Just give me a strong signal in Boynton Beach.

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A move to FM would allow for stereo sound

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not necessary.

 

a better network to be formed around the state

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how do you figure that?

 

and a chance for the team to reach a wider audience with a signal that younger demographics are more likely to tune into.

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i disagree... for one, that signal of the flagship station would be smaller... and two, kids dont accidentally just tune in and decide to listen to baseball games.

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A move to FM would allow for stereo sound

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not necessary.

 

a better network to be formed around the state

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how do you figure that?

 

and a chance for the team to reach a wider audience with a signal that younger demographics are more likely to tune into.

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i disagree... for one, that signal of the flagship station would be smaller... and two, kids dont accidentally just tune in and decide to listen to baseball games.

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Stereo sound is already being done for WQAM's HD feed and the FM station in Belle Glade, but nobody other than those with HD radios or those who live in Belle Glade can hear it in stereo.

 

With an FM flagship, the signal inside the targeted market would be strong, but distant reception would not exist making it more valuable for a station to join the network because they do not have the changes in signal pattern determine their schedule.

 

Younger listeners are proven to not carry over as well to the AM dial as they are on the FM dial.

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