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Tom Kent Thrilled With New HD Radio


In a letter to the Radio Industry, Tom Kent, of the Tom Kent Radio Network details his first experience with an HD radio and implores the radio industry not to give up on the technology. He says it's the most excited he's been about radio since working at WLS in Chicago back in 1980. Read he entire letter about HD here.

"I recently got a new car with HD radio. My fellow broadcasters, I implore you PLEASE dont give up on HD radio! This is the most excited Ive been about radio audio since I worked at WLS in Chicago back in 1980 and I heard AM stereo. Imagine AM stereo in HD! As Steely Dan would singNo Static at All.yes AM that sounds just like FM! I know weve all been hearing about it for years but until youre driving down the road trying to loosen your load with seven women on your mind and listening to Take it Easy by the Eagles in FM-HD, well you just havent lived. The sound is the best Ive ever heard coming from any radio EVER!"

"Like many of you I never heard HD in a car so I quickly dismissed the idea. After all, how could we expect our listeners to go out and invest in new gear when they have so many other options. The auto listening experience has got me really geeked on HD radio. My local affiliate WMJI 105.7 FM here in Cleveland sounds amazing in HD 1 and HD 2. The sound quality absolutely blows away satellite radio which I also have in my car. No offense Mel, but every one of your satellite channels sounds like a bad washed out internet stream. HD terrestrial radio sounds even better than a CD and the side by side comparison of satellite vs. HD.well, there is no comparison."

"Id like to call upon our industry to rally on behalf of HD radio. Yes, right now its dead in the water. The only way itll take off is if the automotive industry equips their radio platforms with HD radio as standard equipment and even then critical mass would be at least five years away. Five years isnt that long and if that were to happen, the future of subscription radio would be in serious jeopardy. For me now that I have HD in the car, my free satellite trial will end with no renewal. Terrestrial radio needs to lobby the car makers to step up and give their customers something truly excellent for free!"

(9/24/2013 6:40:55 AM)
XTo037 Very neat article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

- NY
(9/5/2013 7:20:42 PM)
rzYheM Muchos Gracias for your article.Really thank you! Really Great.

- NY
(5/10/2012 12:10:37 AM)
Any radio technology that relies on the hope and prayer that at least one of the adjacent frequencies is empty enough to allow the IBOC digital signal to decode is doomed from the start. In the real world, FM tropospheric scatter and AM ionospheric skip do their best to insure that adjacent channels are interfered with. In IBOC’s case, marketing is irrelevant – since from day one atmospheric science has already guaranteed this technology will be doomed. You can't change the laws of physics.

- William Hepburn
(5/9/2012 10:00:27 AM)
The optimal and maximized use of allotted spectrum is good. What many broadcasters object to are the usurious licensing fees payable to a private consortium owned in large part by the very same greedy conglomerators that ruined our medium and industry, the inferior and inflexible technology and ancient encoding algorithm, and the egregious interference to the real world coverage of one or both first adjacents.

- Peter Tripp
(5/9/2012 6:11:39 AM)

TSBs address factory defects such as HD radios.

- TSBs

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