Many AM radio proponents believe an all-digital transmission option would benefit both stations and customers. Digital signals provide much clearer, static-free audio quality, among other benefits.
Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorneys John Garziglia and Gregg Skall are working a group of 25 AM broadcasters as well as with the California and Missouri Broadcasters Associations in support of the all-digital AM option. Representing these clients, they recently filed comments in the FCC’s AM All-Digital Broadcasting Proceedings. Radio World recently wrote about these filed comments in a cover story on the all-digital AM debate.
In the comments, Garziglia and Skall write that all-digital AM broadcasting should be permitted both day and night. They also say broadcasters should have flexibility so “that any decision by an AM station to operate in an all-digital mode is discretionary and reversible, so that no station is required to operate in an all-digital mode, nor is any station who chooses to do so locked into that mode of operation.”
They also write that care should be taken to avoid the mistakes and confusion that took place in the 1980s when AM stations sought to convert to stereo broadcasts.
John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.
Gregg Skall represents broadcasters and other parties in their regulatory dealings before the Federal Communications Commission and in their commercial business dealings. He serves as Washington Counsel to several state broadcaster associations. He also works with telecommunications companies and with radio device manufacturers to obtain FCC approvals.