HD Radio Alliance Opens Consumer Web Site

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Orlando, Fla. — The HD Digital Radio Alliance today announced the launch of www.HDRadio.com to educate consumers about HD Radio technology, provide updates on the locations and names of AM and FM stations broadcasting in digital, and point consumers to stores where they can buy receivers.

The one-stop resource also outlines the new formats that stations are introducing to the HD2 channels, which for the next 18 months to two years will be commercial-free, said Peter Ferrara, alliance CEO. A coverage map and links to hardware suppliers’ sites also appear on the HD Radio’s site.

“This is all about quality and freedom for listeners,” Ferrara said. More than 3,000 stations are currently upgrading to digital broadcasting, with more than 700 already on the air, he said.

The alliance is a joint initiative of leading radio broadcasters to accelerate the successful rollout of HD digital radio. Current members include ABC Radio, Beasley Broadcast Group, Bonneville International, CBS Radio, Citadel Broadcasting, Clear Channel Radio, Cumulus, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media and Susquehanna.

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