"Back in the day" the FCC made the "little, local" 5,000 watt AM stations go dark at sunset and the big city 50,000 watt "flamethrowers" ruled the night.
I remember Bob Prince always talking about the large contingent of Bucs fans in North Carolina as KDKA carried there clear as a bell at night.
In Pittsburgh I could always tune in WRVA (Richmond), and WABC, WNBC, WCBS (NYC) - all had strong signals into Pittsburgh. So did KMOX (St. Louis); when the Bucs had a day game or were off I really enjoyed Harry Caray & Jack Buck's Cardinals broadcasts.
Vacationing in Florida we could also pick up WTOP (WDC). With the FCC rules change, those days are gone.
And - for better or worse - as the small stations could not afford to hire night-time talent, that rules change played an important role in the birth of syndicated "talk-radio".
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/07/06 11:31:02