A Slow Trip Around The AM Dial

If you aren’t the kind of person who enjoys an evening spent slowly turning a radio dial, listening through static and marveling at all of the far away stations you can pull in, chances are you’re going to want to do something else with the next 17 minutes of your life. But if you’re me, damn is this cool. Contemporary references to modern companies and HD radio aside, this gave me some serious flashbacks.

On the 100th anniversary of broadcast radio it’s still possible to hear an AM radio station on all 118 AM North American Medium Wave channels from 530 kHz to 1700 kHz. Listen to stations on all frequencies as recorded off the air with a simple wire antenna in Eastern Massachusetts and see information on every station heard.

There are a few pieces of Canadian content here like 900 CHML Hamilton and Radio-Canada Toronto on 860 which you can seem to pick up no matter where you are, but not quite as many as I expected. No AM 800 CKLW or 820 CHAM (Funny 820 if you prefer), for instance. Perhaps it’s not surprising though. America does have quite a few more powerhouse signals than we do.

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