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Radio stations in the United States

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    Radio broadcasting in the United States began in 1916 (2XG New York City), first commercial station was licensed in 1920 (KDKA Pittsburgh). Broadcasting in high frequency band of 25-42 MHz began in 1932 (W2XDV New York City). First FM transmitters were launched in 1938 (W1XOJ Mt. Washington, NH and W2XMN Alpine, NJ) on 42-50 MHz band, changed in 1945/47 to 88-108 MHz band. Ownership of radio stations is mostly private, the largest companies are iHeartMedia - with 850 stations, Cumulus Media - with 570 stations, also Townsquare Media, Entercom and Cox Radio with more than 100 stations each. NPR , founded in 1970, is the largest public radio network with over 900 stations nationwide. Main international broadcaster is the Voice of America - VOA ; American Forces Network - AFN serves the US military worldwide. Broadcasting in the US is regulated by Federal Communications Commision - FCC . Radio stations identify on-air with call signs, begining with "W" east of Mississippi River (eg. WNYC New York) and "K" west of Mississippi River (eg. KFOG San Francisco) with few exceptions. Broadcast call signs are normally three or four letters in length, plus the -AM or -FM suffix where applicable. NOAA Weather Radio operates on 162.40-162.55 MHz band all over the country. Sirius XM satellite radio is available as a subscription service. Primary languages on radio are English and Spanish; radio in other languages are available in metropolitan areas on Multicultural/Ethnic stations and in Native-American reservations.
    AM: Currently there are 4676 AM stations in the US (FCC report, June 2016). AM band is from 530 to 1710 kHz with 10 kHz step. Maximum power currently allowed is 50 kW for Clear-channel stations. AM is typically used by News, Talk, Sports, Christian and Ethnic stations. 89 stations broadcasting in AM stereo. Low-power Traffic advisory and Emergency advisory radio stations also on the AM band, usually on 530 or 1610 kHz.
    FM: Currently there are 19194 FM stations in the US, including 6714 commercial, 4099 educational, 6816 FM translators and boosters 1565 Low-power FM stations (FCC report, June 2016). FM stations use frequencies from 88.1 to 107.9 MHz with 20 kHz step (even frequencies like 88.6 or 102.4 MHz are not used). 87.75 MHz is allocated for VHF-TV channel 6 and many low-power TV stations operate on that frequency as radio stations. Lower FM band from 88.1 to 91.9 MHz is reserved for College, Community and Public radio stations, Commercial stations are licensed in the upper band from 92.1 to 107.9 MHz. Many FM stations transmit IBOC HD (Hybrid Digital) signal. Most powerful FM station is WBCT in Grand Rapids, Michigan with 320 kW ERP.

Radio stations in Canada / Stations de radio à Canada

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    Radio broadcasting in Canada began in 1919 (XWA Montreal), FM radio was introduced in 1946. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada - CBC/SRC , founded in 1936, is the largest public radio network. Radio Canada International was broadcasting on shortwave in 23 languages from 1945 to 2012. Broadcasting in Canada is regulated by Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - CRTC . Ownership of radio stations is mostly private, the largest companies are Bell Media Radio, Rogers Communications, Newcap Radio. Currently there are 124 AM and 580 FM commercial and community radio stations in Canada, running altogether with CBC on 300 AM and 2700 FM radio transmitters. Some FM stations transmit IBOC HD (Hybrid Digital) signal, and some AM stations broadcast in AM Stereo. Radio stations identify on-air with call signs, begining with "C"; broadcast call signs are normally three or four letters in length, plus the -AM or -FM suffix where applicable (eg. CBLA-FM). Some stations in Newfoundland broadcast under call signs begining with "VO" (eg. VOWR). Weatheradio Canada operates on 162.40-162.55 MHz band around the country. Sirius XM satellite radio is available as a subscription service. Primary languages on radio are English and French; radio in other languages are available in metropolitan areas on Multicultural/Ethnic stations and in First Nations reserves.

Radio stations in Mexico / Emisoras de radio en México

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    Radio broadcasting in Mexico began in 1921 (TND Monterrey), FM radio was introduced in 1952. Instituto Mexicano de la Radio (IMER ), founded in 1983, is the national public radio network. Radio México Internacional was broadcasting on shortwave from 1969 to 2004. Broadcasting is regulated by Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones - IFT . Ownership of radio stations is mostly private, the largest companies are Grupo Radiorama, Televisa Radio, Grupo Imagen, MVS Radio. Currently there are 827 AM and 1282 FM active radio transmitters in Mexico. Some FM stations transmit IBOC HD (Hybrid Digital) signal, and some AM stations broadcast in AM Stereo. Radio stations identify on-air with call signs, begining with "XE" for AM stations and "XH" for FM stations; broadcast call signs are normally three to five letters in length, plus the -AM or -FM suffix where applicable (eg. XEB, XHPOP). Primary language on radio is Spanish.

Radio stations in Bermuda

Hamilton radio stations

    Radio broadcasting in Bermuda began in 1946 (ZBM, Hamilton). Bermuda Broadcasting Company is the largest radio network with three AM and three FM stations. Bermuda now enjoyed a total of seven radio staions: three AM and eight FM radio stations. Broadcasting is regulated by the Government of Bermuda's Department of Telecommunications . Radio stations identify on-air with three letter call signs, begining with "Z" or "V" (eg. ZBM, VSB). Primary language on radio is English.

Radio stations in St. Pierre and Miquelon / Stations de radio à St.-Pierre et Miquelon

St. Pierre radio stations

    Radio broadcasting in St. Pierre and Miquelon began in 1930 (FZY Radio Club). Saint-Pierre et Miquelon 1ère is the public broadcaster, serving the islands on 3 FM frequencies. Three other radio networks operate in St. Pierre and Miquelon. Broadcasting is regulated by the French Superior Audiovisual Council - CSA . Medium wave transmissions ceased in 2003. Broadcasters do not use call signs. Primary language on radio is French.

Radio stations in Greenland / Kalaallit Nunaat Radio

Nuuk radio stations

    Radio broadcasting in Greenland began in 1942 (OXI Grønlands Radio, Godthåb). The Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation – KNR (Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa), founded in 1958, is the national public broadcaster. Broadcasting is regulated by the Greenland Home Rule – Naalakersuisut . Currently there are over 90 FM radio transmitters in Greenland, including 55 KNR repeaters and local radio stations; KNR have three MW stations. Primary languages on radio are Greenlandic and Danish.


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