Broadcast Electronics Announces First Public AM HD Radio Demonstration In Mexico
May 31, 2007 at 2:48 PM (PT)
BROADCAST ELECTRONICS (BE) announced today that 170 station owners and engineers attended the first public demonstration of AM HD Radio broadcasts in MEXICO on SATURDAY, MAY 26. XEXL-A/PATZCUARO, MICHOACAN broadcast AM HD Radio live through a BE AM 2.5E transmitter as part of the demonstration, which was held in conjunction with the 71st convention of the Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Radio y Television (CIRT) in nearby MORELIA. Broadcasters gathered at the station's studios to listen to XEXL programming off-air on a variety of HD Radio receivers.
"Most expressed surprise at the FM-like stereo audio quality and said they had not heard AM HD Radio outside carefully controlled demonstrations at the NAB convention," commented JOHN SCHNEIDER, the LATIN AMERICA sales manager for BE, which helped introduce FM HD Radio to MEXICO broadcasters in 2004.
The AM demonstration comes just weeks after MEXICO officials approved HD Radio for the country's AM and FM stations located within 200 miles of the U.S./MEXICO border.