HD2 Multicasting Continues To Grow
August 15, 2006 at 11:00 AM (PT)
The HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE has announced that 18 new, local markets will begin HD2 multicast programming this FALL, marking the third wave of stations rolling out side channels under the ALLIANCE’s format-selection program.
This latest wave will launch 140 additional HD2 channels and brings the total markets served by HD2 multicast programming to 68, all of which are in the top 100 markets In total, more than 600 radio stations nationwide belonging to ALLIANCE members now offer HD2 multicast programming.
"We’re even surprised by how fast this is moving," said HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE President & CEO PETER FERRARA. "It’s only been eight months since the ALLIANCE was formed and we are seeing HD digital radio broadcasts being launched at a much faster pace than expected. We are excited to be helping listeners discover the newest digital entertainment option around ... and of course there’s no subscription fee.
The next 18 markets to roll out HD2 multicast programming are: AUSTIN, RALEIGH, NASHVILLE, GREENSBORO, NEW ORLEANS, WEST PALM BEACH, JACKSONVILLE, MONMOUTH OCEAN, NJ, BUFFALO, OKLAHOMA CITY, ROCHESTER, LOUISVILLE, RICHMOND, GREENVILLE, HONOLULU, TUCSON, ALBANY, FT. MEYERS.
EMMIS has announced formats for the AUSTIN stations: Adult Hits KBPA (BOB-FM) will air a Smooth Jazz channel on its secondary signal, Top 40/Rhythmic KDHT (HOT 93.3) will broadcast an Old Skool/Hip-Hop hannel, Rocker KLBJ-F will air an AUSTIN Blues channel, AAA KGSRM listeners will enjoy a Deep, Deep Tracks channel, and Alternative KROX (101X) will play Hard Rock and Metal on its HD2 channel.
Additionally, CBS RADIO announced the following stations in the following markets will begin HD simulcasts this Fall. Currently, 85 of CBS RADIO’s 179 stations are broadcasting in HD, more than half of these broadcasting a multicast station. Without further ado, here are the CBS stations that will sumulcast, along with the formats they'll be simulcasting in (HD format in parentheses):
AC KKMJ (Oldies 60s & 70s)
Hot AC KAMX (80s)
Urban KXBT (Urban AC)
Country WYRK (Young Country)
Urban WBLK (Urban AC)
AC WJYE (Smooth Jazz)
Adult Hits WBUF (My HD)
AC WRMM (Oldies 60s & 70s)
Clasic Rock WCMF (Brother Wease Show/Eclectic)
Top 40 WPXY (Modern AC)
Alternative WZNE (Indie Rock)
WEST PALM BEACH
AC WEAT (Hot AC)
Top 40/Rhythmic WMBX (Old School Hip-Hop)
Country WIRK (Country Southern Rock Blend)
Urban Oldies WJBW (Gospel)
Alternative WPBZ (Triple A)