Improving AM Signal Reception


Thanks for listening to Talk 1370! We strive and take great steps to ensure that our signal can be heard across the Austin area. This page may help in resolving any challenges you are having in receiving our signal on 1370AM.

AM vs FM
Unlike FM radio, AM signals travel to your radio differently at night compared to how they travel during the day. Because of this, nearly all AM stations are required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at a lower power level between sunset and sunrise, with those times changing from month to month as days get shorter in the winter and longer in the summer.

Talk 1370AM broadcasts at a daytime power of 5,000 watts and a nighttime power of 500 watts, as licensed and authorized by the FCC.

Identify Sources of AM Noise
If you are experiencing noisy reception on the AM band, it may be helpful to identify sources of noise and static that interfere with AM radio reception. Some common sources of noise that are found within the home include:

  • Dimmer Switches
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Computers
  • Laptop Chargers
  • Touch Lamps
  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Nearby Television Sets

To determine if the source of the noise is in your home, one method is to position the AM radio close to the suspected source of the noise. If the noise intensifies or increases, try turning the source off or unplugging it from power to determine if the noise is eliminated.

Once the source of the noise is identified, the solution is to power off the offending source while listening to your AM radio - or to locate the AM radio far enough away from the source to eliminate the interference.

To improve reception, the following tips may help:

  • Rotate the radio, many radios have directional antennas
  • Place the AM radio near a window
  • Move the radio to a different location in the home

Listening Alternatives
In addition to 1370AM, we also simulcast all of our programming on HD Radio. You can listen to your favorite Talk programming on Majic 95.5 HD2. HD Radio is a free, over-the-air digital broadcast with no monthly subscription fees. All you need is a compatible HD Radio receiver. Many newer model vehicles and home entertainment systems include support for HD Radio. For more information, visit

Our programming is also available via free live streaming online, at Click on the Listen Live icon or go to

You can also take Talk 1370 with you on the app, available in your smartphone's app store. Listen to your favorite Talk programming, keep up with the latest headlines, and get push notifications when news breaks... listen anytime, anywhere. The app is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Talk 1370 is also available on your Amazon Echo! Just ask Alexa to "Play Talk 1370". If that doesn't work for some reason, you can also ask Alexa to "Open" and then ask for "Talk 1370".

Got a Sonos speaker or system? Download and open the Sonos app on your phone and tap "more"; tap "Add Music Services"; and select from the list.