Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


This note discusses AM stereophonic broadcasting and examines the FCC's approach for the implementation of this new service. The selection of the technical standard for AM stereo was left to market forces after the Commission found itself unable to choose one proposal to be the standard. The author demonstrates why this approach is inappropriate. Of the remaining regulatory avenues available, the author feels the FCC should revise the evaluation process to more accurately reflect the differences among the proposed standards. From this fresh comparison, one should be selected to be the AM stereo standard. The Kahn proposal appears to be the clear leader using these revised criteria.