WZLX/Boston To Become First American Station To Broadcast In Surround
April 24, 2006 at 3:56 PM (PT)
TELOS SYSTEMS and CBS RADIO jointly announced an agreement today to upgrade Classic Rock WZLX/BOSTON to be the first 24-hour surround radio service in the U.S., marking the official start of surround radio broadcasting into the American marketplace on a fulltime basis. The transmissions will be carried on WZLX’s digital HD Radio channel, which simulcasts the normal FM program. The station will begin the broadcasts using MPEG Surround technology within the next 90 to 120 days.
"This is an important step in broadcast technology. I missed the introduction of stereo, which must have been pretty exciting in its day. But I’m making up for it now with surround, which is an equally impressive advance in broadcast audio," commented TELOS SYSTEMS CEO STEVE CHURCH. "Listeners are going to love this when they hear it. Whether in their cars or at home, people are going to be surprised at how much more they enjoy music and other programming when they are enveloped in it, rather than just sitting behind it. This is going to create a significant boost to traditional radio’s appeal and will be an important motivation for consumers to buy HD-equipped radios."
"CBS RADIO and WZLX are excited to be part of this new frontier," remarked CBS RADIO Dri./Engineering Northeast. "Our partnering in the industry introduction and broadcasting of MPEG 5.1 Surround Sound will create additional thrill and excitement for our listening audience."