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3 hours ago, TheTeapot said:

This could only be a good thing. AM is crap and most phones have an FM tuner on them these days. I have no idea why Radio TT is on AM apart from in Ramsey. And how come they get it on FM down there? What makes them special?

If you go to UK motor festivals like Goodwood they hand out free radio transmitters with the programmes so you can tune in to the onsite radio station and find out what’s going on. It’s a back drop to the whole event. 

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11 minutes ago, MrPB said:

If you go to UK motor festivals like Goodwood they hand out free radio transmitters with the programmes so you can tune in to the onsite radio station and find out what’s going on. It’s a back drop to the whole event. 

Transmitters or receivers?

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1 minute ago, finlo said:

Transmitters or receivers?

Receivers, ok I got that wrong. 

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11 minutes ago, MrPB said:

Receivers, ok I got that wrong. 

It conjured up visions of some really fancy system!

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5 minutes ago, finlo said:

It conjured up visions of some really fancy system!

I’m sure, but it raised a good point. Do the TT franchise people never go to any other event? The Goodwood programme is really expensive. But with it you get a 75p preset earpiece receiver set to their FM frequency. It beams the whole event to you at minimal cost for many days. After 100 years we don’t event seem to be able to do the things other events do to keep up the interactive atmosphere. It would cost next to nothing to bundle a radio package. 

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10 minutes ago, MrPB said:

I’m sure, but it raised a good point. Do the TT franchise people never go to any other event? The Goodwood programme is really expensive. But with it you get a 75p preset earpiece receiver set to their FM frequency. It beams the whole event to you at minimal cost for many days. After 100 years we don’t event seem to be able to do the things other events do to keep up the interactive atmosphere. It would cost next to nothing to bundle a radio package. 

Agreed, everything we do here seems to be half baked!

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1 hour ago, MrPB said:

I’m sure, but it raised a good point. Do the TT franchise people never go to any other event? The Goodwood programme is really expensive. But with it you get a 75p preset earpiece receiver set to their FM frequency. It beams the whole event to you at minimal cost for many days. After 100 years we don’t event seem to be able to do the things other events do to keep up the interactive atmosphere. It would cost next to nothing to bundle a radio package. 

A fella with a loudhailer could broadcast to all of the Goodwood estate standing on a chair. Same with Radio Le Mans etc. The whole Isle of Man is a bit bigger an area to cover with hills in the way.Over the years MRTT has flogged cheap pretuned radios - I've still got one here somewhere. I'm not sure why they predominantly broadcast on AM - possibly because they don't want to abandon their core audience. They do have separate FM transmitters in Douglas and Ramsey though now, which serve the majority of people.

 

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What core audience is using AM? 

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1 minute ago, Gizo said:

What core audience is using AM? 

the coffin dodgers who still use a  'wireless'

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22 minutes ago, Gizo said:

What core audience is using AM? 

The "core" audience listen on FM that's why the TT is on AM.

 

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26 minutes ago, Gizo said:

What core audience is using AM? 

People who listen to seame street on a Tuesday at 10am.

Edited by Holte End

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9 hours ago, Stu Peters said:

A fella with a loudhailer could broadcast to all of the Goodwood estate standing on a chair. Same with Radio Le Mans etc. The whole Isle of Man is a bit bigger an area to cover with hills in the way.Over the years MRTT has flogged cheap pretuned radios - I've still got one here somewhere. I'm not sure why they predominantly broadcast on AM - possibly because they don't want to abandon their core audience. They do have separate FM transmitters in Douglas and Ramsey though now, which serve the majority of people.

 

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Essentially Manx Radio's AM capability is being maintained at great cost to the taxpayers for use 2 weeks of the year. The way forward is online - AM is a radio dinosaur. 

That's why Energy FM or 3FM won't need an AM frequency to cover the TT. Nearly everyone who comes to visit the TT will have a mobile phone and there is no reason why they won't download the TT app and can listen through that. 

There are plenty of TT fans that would work for free to provide coverage of the races - essentially all it involves is a guy at the Grandstand, two guys in a hedge - one at Glen Helen and the other at the Hair Pin. It's really simple. No doubt Mr Peters will claim otherwise, but it really isn't that difficult and there is no excuse for the costs that Manx Radio claim to be incurred by covering the TT.

 

In fact, a FOI request would be very interesting to see what they are doing with the money... 

 

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FLF - I expect you also think brain surgery can be done with a spoon...after all, who really needs 7 years med school and aseptic technique?

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I'm still struggling with the fact that taxpayers are stepping up another £100k to broadcast the races.

Is there any other sporting event in the world where the organiser pays the broadcaster as opposed to the other way round?

Plus the Radio TT ad revenues should have been enough to offset the costs of broadcasting. Even the commentary (of a poor standard in my view) is predominantly done by existing MR news staff on existing AM transmitter.

What a joke.

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