Thursday, November 30, 2006

BBC World Service now 24/7 -- thanks to HD radio

High definition radio appears to be finally taking off in the USA. As most know, the USA's approach is "in-band, on channel", or IBOC, which doesn't utilize additional spectrum space.

One of the consequences of HD radio is that stations can air multiple channels of programming within their existing frequency bandwidth. The greatest number of channels I've seen for a single station so far is 3.

My web wanderings have turned up 3 public radio stations that offer the BBC World Service 24 hours per day:

WMUB, Oxford, Ohio (between Dayton and Cincinnati)

KNOW, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

KUOW, Seattle/Tacoma, WA

It has long been the dream of the BBC World Service to gain 24/7 access to leading USA cities, and it appears that for some, HD radio might do the trick.

Those who took the plunge into satellite radio in order to hear the BBCWS 24/7 might want to ask their local public radio stations to consider offering the BBCWS as one of their HD side channels. It might enable you to drop your satellite radio subscription.

1 comment:

John said...

I had heard about HD radio for a couple of years at least, but all of a sudden the airwaves around Austin are full of ads for this. I think they're doing a really poor job though of telling consumers what it is. We'll see how it takes off.

I'm still hoping Santa brings me a new iPod for Christmas so I don't have to listen to the radio any more.