Who says AM Stereo is dead? With all the talk about HD Radio and it’s associated pros and cons, we thought we’d highlight an exciting Oldies format (well, this should be classified as “Classic Hits”) done on an AM station that is STILL broadcasting in Motorola C-QUAM ™ AM Stereo.
850 WREF is a daytime-only station that suffers from a lot of interference during twilight operation. Still, it has a powerful signal that does cover about half the state of Connecticut. We can’t say how big the audience, in an area that is inside the footprint of Oldies’ WCBS-FM New York and WDRC-FM Hartford, but it does sound good, despite being noisy here at the Airchexx studios. This is Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” Satellite Network. It would sound better if the station processed the audio a little better, it’s definitely missing the rich bass that some former AM stations featured before they dumped the system and went back to mono, or IBOC ‘HD’.