And no, I hope they don't go after WILD. WILD's daytime only signal is a liability. Owning it limits the programming that can be offered to the community. Any signal would be better than 1090. I say get rid of it.
This is drifting into another topic entirely, but I do agree that the AM band is littered with far too many signals that have questionable viability at best. Daytime-only operations are a prime example; that's not something the 24-7 instant-gratification modern media consumer is willing to tolerate very much. Perhaps an older demo would, but that won't last much longer....5-10 years at most.
This isn't an indictment against WILD's programming. I rather think it's a tragedy how certain demo's are rather overserved (sports) and others are sorely neglected (black/"urban") in Boston. Probably throughout most of the country. No, this is just my annoyance as an engineer how useless most of the AM band has become thanks to massive overpopulation of stations being shoehorned in.
Personally I would be in favor of eliminating all licenses that have the equivalent of less than 5000 watts on 1200AM (sliding to fewer watts on lower freqs and more watts on higher freqs) day or night. Also eliminating any license that requires more than 3 or 4 towers for day or night patterns.
At the same time, I'd also clean up the ridiculousness of signal politics with Canada and Mexico, which is keeping a small but noticeable contingent of US stations at artificially low powers. WJIB comes immediately to mind with the great clear channel 740 frequency.
Any allocation that expired would be permanently retired. Whose brilliant idea was it to allow 1370 to reappear in Rhode Island
And yes, any station owner that applied for, received and built an expanded band station...and then tried to keep his/her original frequency on the air somehow
...would be dragged out into the street and shot. No questions asked.
Considering what the entire point of the expanded band was, and how these people were handed a free, vastly-improved signal on a silver platter...their arrogance today is astounding.
Ditto for the concept of FM translators for AM stations
. Yeah, let's create "parity" between the FM and AM band by making both of them a mess of interference. Great concept...NOT!!
Look, I'm a supporter of the concept behind LPFM, but even I think the implementation of it was a disaster; and I think FM translators should all be shut down and banned outright for the trouble they've caused.
Would I shut down grandfathered Class D FM's? Quite possibly. That's a tough call, I hate to dump on my beloved college stations...but at the same time, many of them are still operating in the same manner that got the Class D license phased out in the first place. And I don't want to be a hypocrite by judging some low power stations on content which is purely subjective. I suppose if pushed I'd have to say that I feel Class D FM's should be shut down as well, but there should be some incentives program for nearby Class A "college radio" stations to get IBOC and dedicate a HD multicast channel to the displaced Class D. Not a perfect solution, admittedly...especially not right now. But 10 years down the road...the Class D might actually be better off on a bigger signal that way.
Truth be told, this concept could do wonders across the entire AM & FM Band. Instead of introducting more content "clutter" with the lame HD2 channels we've seen so far. Why not pay FM's to carry a weak AM or FM signal on their multicast channel and retire the old license? Clean up the band dramatically. Again, receiver penetration today is probably too low...but if you started
today and made it a 5 or 10 year migration process, that could work. Assuming you block idiots like the aforementioned expanded band AM's.