Is your AM Audio Quality Lost in Translation?

By Tom Vernon on Jan 10, 2012 2:11:00 PM

Coverage MapOmnia can help

Our US readers may have noticed recently a number of AM stations filing for and obtaining translators to help boost signal coverage. Maybe you've even applied for one of your own. That's thanks to the FCC's Report and Order from 2009 that allowed cross-service translation (the ability for AMs to rebroadcast on an FM frequency).

With several AM stations now receiving low-power FM translator licenses, processing such limited-coverage signals becomes critical. And of course, the audio processing required for programming to sound good on the FM band is quite a different animal than for the AM band.

David Edwards, Assistant Chief Engineer of WETS in Johnson City, Tennessee, has been helping some of his Omnia Onefriends install a new FM translator facility for WBEJ-AM, in nearby Elizabethton. His solution to the processing problem was an Omnia ONE.

David told us, "I chose the Omnia ONE because I got great results with my previous experience in low power FM translator applications. It makes even a very low power FM translator sound right up there with the big commercial stations at a price that makes sense for a modest project."

And David isn't the only one telling us this - more and more stations are making Omnia ONE their first choice for translator processing, saying that their translators sound every bit as good (or better!) than some of the full-power stations.

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Topics: AM Radio, Audio Processing

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