Originally Posted by 12ax7
...And it wasn't until the FCC required NRSC standards (sometime in the 80's) that AM lost all high-end above 5 or 10k.
Hell, I worked for a station in the late 70's that actually passed audio up to about 18k (which is HIGHER than FM stereo can do)!
So if they were using good gear and doing a good job, what went out on the air was NOT "tinny" sounding at all!
There was a Miller "band pass" AM radio which was supposed to be fantastic. I had a non-working one and was never able to get it to work. FM was better on the high end before stereo came along with the need for the stereo carrier up at 18.5 kHz (?) or something like that. Yeah, "back when I was a kid" there was a lot of great classical broadcast regularly on FM. And those old floor model Philcos were great, too! That's what you wanted to watch while sitting on the floor and listening to The Shadow
. And, many times I would sit on the floor and listen to A Prairie Home Companion
with the same ardor, even though it was stereo FM. The "feel" of it was the same as old time radio.
I grew up listening to the 15 minute radio serials and loved them. I suppose they would be corny now, but then, then they were truly exciting. Jack Armstrong, The Fat Man, Sky King, The Whistler, The Shadow, The Green Hornet
, oh, there were a bunch of them. Long ago, far away . . .