According to a Star Tribune article on this topic, parent-company Clear Channel Communications is turning FM stations all over the nation into the talk radio format. From the Star Tribune:
"There are tens of thousands of listeners who never go to the AM dial," said Mick Anselmo, regional vice president of Clear Channel. "We want to be there early, mining a new generation."Clear Channel, the nation's largest media conglomerate, lost the self-appointed "King of all Media" Howard Stern at the "beginning of this year when he moved to Sirius Satellite Radio.
Estimates vary, but the trade magazine Talkers projects that FM listenership is three to four times higher than AM's.
I guess it is time for me to get rid of my 8-track-tape-playing A.M. radio!