RTE Radio 1 To Switch Off AM
January 21, 2008 at 5:21 AM (PT)
IRELAND's national RTE RADIO 1 will close down its AM transmitter on MARCH 24th. The station, which said that "the (AM) technology offers poor value for money, is environmentally unsound and out of date; with poor quality reception and audio," will continue on FM, long wave, and digital radio, with SUNDAY Mass and sports programs formerly aired only on the AM frequency aired on its long wave frequency and digital radio. RADIO 1 was the only station in IRELAND left broadcasting on AM.
The station will launch a public information campaign on FRIDAY to educate listeners about the switch.