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  •  The people who get their "news" from AM radio are (0+ / 0-)

    a dying breed.  They are the oldest demographic.  It is true that they vote in considerable numbers, but their numbers are shrinking,not growing.  The way to balance them out is to get younger, more progressive people to vote.  You are not going to accomplish that through AM radio, even if you went out and bought up a slew of powerful AM radio stations.  The people that you want to reach simply do not listen to AM.

    You are also not going to change the attitudes of many of the die-hard AM listeners/Limbaugh and Hannity followers even if you were to buy up the AM powerhouse stations.  They are too set in their ways.  Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine is also not going to solve the problem.  For at least the next two years, the Republicans would deny funding for its enforcement, and enforcing it would be unwieldy to begin with, even if the FCC had the resources to do so (which it doesn't).

    Do you want to change what AM carries?  Either buy up AM stations and program them yourself, or exert economic pressure on the stations and their advertisers through petitions, picket lines, boycotts, etc.  The owners of AM stations will sell out if the price is right.

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