Re "AM radio, fading fast, finds an ardent ally" (Page A1, Sept. 9): While AM radio does need saving, its condition is not as dire as the article would have us believe. When the article says AM has 3.1 million listeners, that's 3.1 million listeners per quarter hour.
Add up all those quarter hours, and you get 59 million people listening to talk radio alone, according to Pew Research. That is well below previous numbers, but consider that corporate programmers have chosen conservative talk radio as their preferred format, which alienates two-thirds of the public.
If FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai truly wants to save AM radio, he should ensure that FCC rules surrounding equal time for candidates and their supporters are properly enforced. The agency has completely ignored a constitutional case the Media Action Center filed more than a year ago about proven violations in Wisconsin.
Save AM Radio, yes, but save it for us all.
-- Sue Wilson, El Dorado Hills