Further, these FM takeovers are often struggling properties within one station family, which allows the owner to program the station without additional station staff or resources. Examples of the AM/FM trend include:
Over the last few months, radio trend watchers have likely noticed a flurry of activity around AM news and talk stations taking over FM station frequencies to give the news-talk property a clearer sound and signal. These new AM/FM simulcast combos give the station the best of both worlds – the AM that listeners have always known and identified the station by and a new FM clearer signal upon which to broadcast their programming, allowing them to compete with other music-oriented FMs without listeners having to switch over to the AM band.
KBMZ-AM/FM in Kansas City at 980 and 98.1
WBEN-AM/FM in Buffalo at 930 and 107.7
WSB-AM/FM in Atlanta at 750 and 95.5
KOMO-AM/FM in Seattle at 1000 and 97.7
WBT-AM/FM in Charlotte at 1110 and 99.3