Monday, October 26, 2009

China dominates Asia-Pacific AM radio dial in latest PAL Radio Guide

China has almost a third of all AM radio stations currently
broadcasting in the entire Asia-Pacific region today says the Radio
Heritage Foundation.

In the latest PAL AM Radio Log at, there are
almost 1,400 AM stations listed as on the air in China, out of some
4,800 stations across the entire region.

In fact, just five countries account for 70% of all AM broadcasters
in the region, with China follwed by Japan, Indonesia, Australia and
the Philippines.

These are in addition to the many thousands of FM radio stations that
are generally more popular with younger listeners today.

Despite contemporary digital radio and decades of FM, the fact that
so many
AM stations remain on the air is clear evidence that life remains in
the almost century old AM technology, even in modern technology mad

However, the outlook is bleak for 13 of the 55 countries in the
latest PAL Radio Guide, where only one AM radio station now remains
on the air.

In the Pacific there is just one AM radio station left in the Cook
Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marianas, Marshall Islands,
Norfolk Island, Palau and Tonga, whilst American Samoa's only AM
station has
been 'temporarily' off the air for some time.

In addition, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu each have
only two AM stations left so it's become a very fragile world of AM
radio across most of the Pacific where strong AM signals are needed
in emergencies such as recent earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones.

Unfortunately, many of the Pacific island stations also operate on
reduced power because of high imported oil costs, have rusting towers
and old
equipment and in the outer Solomon Islands, it's a choice between
homes having power or the local radio station going on the air.

The PAL Radio Guides are available for free at
and the new PAL AM Radio Guide contains some 50,000 individual data
entries for the 4,800 listed stations. This resource is supported by
volunteer monitors across the region and updates and new monitors are
always welcome.

Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
connecting popular culture, nostalgia and radio heritage across the
Pacific. For fresh features, images, audio, PAL Radio Guides and much
more, visit our global website Donations to
support our activities are gratefully welcomed.

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