Will digitization save American AM radio?


In six years, American AM radio will turn 100. But at the rate it’s losing ground to online, digital infotainment, there may be little to celebrate when the time comes. Could AM’s salvation be digital? Brendan McNally reports.

A last-ditch fight for the survival of AM radio is taking shape in the United States. It centers on a number of proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule changes that, among other things, would result in making AM broadcasting accessible via smartphone and other infotainment devices, including connected automobiles.

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