Ban the Use of Unnecessary Technology
I don't think that the radio audience is being effectively served with automated stations that are run by computers that frequently break down. I don't think radio stations should ever use computers to run their stations; they should have a human being on the premises 24 hours a day. A prime example of this took place at KSLG in St. Louis, MO (at 1380 on the AM dial) on January 13 and January 27. After finishing the coverage of a Missouri State University basketball game, the computer automation failed to switch the program to Fox Sports Radio, in which the station was supposed to carry. Instead, it illegally simulcast the programming of Missouri State's flagship station, KTXR in Springfield, MO (at 101.3 on the FM dial).
Voice tracking, or the use of a pre-recorded voice to replace the live DJ, should be permanently banned. This has brought about a decline in radio audiences, coupled with an unnecessarily high number of job losses. If radio is to be truly local again, this practice must be abandoned.
And, GET RID OF "HD RADIO"! This is a spectrally inefficient technology. On the AM dial, depending on the distance from the transmitter and the dial position, it wastes up to 100 kHz of space. The sound quality of "HD Radio" is inferior to analog. An excellent quality analog signal takes up only 10 kHz of space on AM. On the FM dial, it takes up 600 kHz of spectrum. An excellent quality analog FM Stereo signal, which already rivals CD quality, only takes up one-fourth to one-third the space "HD Radio" on FM does. Stereophonic AM broadcasting should be forced to return to the spectrally efficient C-QUAM system, which produces a high-quality sound within only 10 kHz of space. Move digital audio broadcasting to much higher frequencies; AM and FM just doesn't have the spectrum space to support it.
Kevin Steinmetz commented
Digital Radio is nice when the signal is strong enough. I can tell the difference between analog and digital....digital being nice and clear.