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June 30th, 2005
Triangle Listeners are the First
in North Carolina to Experience High Definition Multicasting
Raleigh, NC - The next step in the
digital radio revolution was taken in the Triangle Monday when
WRAL-FM launched a new, music-based radio station featuring
nationally known artists such as Jack Johnson, Lenny Kravitz and
the Pat McGee Band.
The new station, WRAL-HD2, is the
state's first commercial digital multicast radio signal. WRAL-FM
is only the second commercial station in the country to offer a
continuously programmed, HD Radio® multicast channel. The
digital broadcast provides CD and satellite quality.
"WRAL-HD2 gives us the
opportunity to offer another great choice to radio listeners and
expands our commitment to localism, said Ardie Gregory,
Vice President and General Manager of Capitol Broadcasting
Company's radio division. "This new technology allows us to
split one digital signal into two, enabling us to broadcast two
stations rather than one. It's very exciting!"
Gregory said the new station would
also feature local artists such as Tift Merritt and Vaughan Penn.
In December 2002, WRAL-FM became
two radio stations, station executives explained. They included
the existing analog WRAL-FM and the new digital WRAL-FM, called
WRAL-HD. The two stations carried the same programming and both
broadcast at 101.5 MHz. Now, WRAL-HD is being split into two,
separate signals, WRAL-HD1 and WRAL-HD2. WRAL-HD1 will continue
to broadcast the same programming as WRAL-FM. WRAL-HD2 will be
programmed separately with its new music format.
Capitol Broadcasting, parent
company of WRAL-FM, is one of the nation's leaders in high
definition television. WRAL-TV5 was the first commercial station
in the nation to broadcast a high definition television signal.
While high definition television sets are readily available to
consumers today, high definition radios are just beginning to
enter the market.
WRAL-HD2 will only be available
with a High Definition Radio?. Digital radios are now available
at electronic stores and are being added to many new automobiles.
Meanwhile, listeners can hear the new HD2 signal or MIX 101.5
WRAL-FM, online at wralfm.com by clicking, Listen
Live and selecting WRAL-FM or WRAL-HD2.
"Compression allows us to
broadcast two channels rather than just one," explained
Gregory. This ability is called multicasting.
WRAL-FM is able to provide this
new, supplemental service thanks to an experimental license from
the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
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