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Re: 98.7 Kiss FM to merge with long-time rival WBLS in move that shakes up NYC radio landscape
Posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Mon Apr 30 07:05:04 2012, in response to Re: 98.7 Kiss FM to merge with long-time rival WBLS in move that shakes up NYC radio landscape, posted by LuchAAA on Sun Apr 29 19:56:07 2012.The radio industry is aggressively promoting HD radio.
I strongly disagree. Except for an occasional commercial on the regular radio stations promoting it, it's very rarely mentioned. And while some new cars have HD radio included, the programming is obviously extremely lacking, otherwise word would have spread like wildfire like it did after satellite radio was introduced.
NY is big enough and diverse enough to support original programming on an HD channel.
While that might be true, it is not the case. As I said earlier, the HD channels are an "afterthought" for the broadcasters at the moment...as examples: there were times when 106.7 HD-2 was off the air for days at a time due to technical issues, and nobody seemed to care, WPLJ HD-2 broadcasts the Scott Shannon True Oldies Channel network, and they broadcast in MONO! When I asked one of the engineers at PLJ, he gave me some cock and bull story about limited bandwith because they have an HD-3 as well. I say "cock and bull" because by some miracle, other stations like WNYC are able to broadcast their HD-2 in stereo while still airing an HD-3 as well....Aside from all that: unless they build ALL radios that have the HD 2 and 3 channels available, the general public will most likeley not shell out the extra money for a special radio that offers nothing out of the ordinary (like commercial free music or other features that satellite radio offers)...