HD Radio Alliance Announces Rollout
January 18, 2006 at 7:11 AM (PT)
The HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE, the joint initiative of leading radio broadcasters that was announced last month, will roll out HD2 programming - chosen under the Alliance's format-selection program - in 28 markets within the next few days. The rollouts mark the first wide-scale launch of HD2 multicast channels in the country, with each market airing new and unique content.
“We’re moving very rapidly to improve consumers’ radio listening experience,” said PETER FERRARA, President/CEO of the HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE. “Listeners will now have even more local choices of new and diverse programming. I think a lot of people are going to want an HD Radio for their car, home and office.”
Weâ??re moving very rapidly to improve consumersâ?? radio listening experience.
Approximately 264 new HD2 channels will carry a variety of music or talk formats, initially commercial free. While each station's current analog broadcast will also be heard in digital (on HD1 channels), the HD2 channels will contain a variety of diverse formats, including Viva La Voce (opera), Classical Alternative, Traditional Jazz & Blues, Coffee House, Female Talk, Future Country, Extreme Hip Hop and in-depth news. A wide variety of new Rock formats will also be introduced, including Deep Cuts Classic Rock, Live Rock, New Alternative, Fusion Hispanic-Anglo Rock, Chick Rock, Indie and New Rock.
The first 28 markets are NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS-FORT WORTH, PHILADELPHIA, HOUSTON, WASHINGTON DC, BOSTON, DETROIT, ATLANTA, MIAMI, SEATTLE, BALTIMORE, PORTLAND, CINCINNATI, SAN JOSE, INDIANAPOLIS, MEMPHIS, HARTFORD, BIRMINGHAM, DAYTON, MCALLEN, TULSA, ALBUQUERQUE, EL PASO, SPRINGFIELD MA, AND WICHITA.
HD receivers are currently available from ABC WAREHOUSE, AUDIO ADVISOR, BJORN's, BOSTON ACOUSTICS, CAR TOYS, CRUTCHFIELD, GREAT INDOORS (a unit of SEARS ROEBUCK& Co.), HARVEY’s, J & R MUSIC, LISTEN UP, MAGNOLIA AUDIO VIDEO, ONE CALL, OVATION AV, RADIOSOPHY and TWEETER. Links to online retailers selling HD radios are at www.hdradio.com.