HD Radio

HD Radio™ – The Difference is Clear

HD Radio FAQs

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You expect the most from your radio experience, and with WVXU’s new HD Radio™ technology, 91.7 delivers its in-depth, around the clock news in the highest quality audio available. HD Radio™ broadcasting delivers crystal clear digital sound, and totally eliminates the interference that causes annoying static.

Plus HD Radio™ technology allows WVXU to offer two distinct program channels:
News and Information on WVXU HD1
Radio Artifact on HD2

HD Radio™ receivers are available now. Once this radio is purchased there are no other costs or monthly fees.

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HD Radio™ FAQs:

What is HD Radio™?

HD Radio™ broadcasting brings you higher quality audio, offering CD quality sound and static-free crystal clear reception. The HD Radio™ technology is a digital radio standard that was developed by iBiquity Digital and recognized by the Us Federal Communications Commission as radio’s digital broadcast standard.

How does HD Radio™ broadcasting work?

WVXU bundles analog and digital signals and transmits them together on the same broadcast frequency. Your radio receives and decodes the transmission. An HD Radio receiver picks up and decodes the digital signal. Older analog receivers continue to pick up the analog signal with no change.

If I can still receive an analog signal, why should I switch to HD Radio™?

Today’s HD Radio™ technology has many features. They include:

  • FM Multicasting – the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single FM frequency. WVXU has two program streams: news and information on WVXU HD1 and Radio Artifact on WVXU  HD2.
  • Static-free, crystal clear reception
  • FM sounds as sensational as CDs
  • In the near future WVXU will broadcast additional text and images via its HD Radio™ signal providing the potential for data such as song title, artist, CD information, weather and traffic alerts
  • Digital broadcasts are free

What is multicasting?

HD Radio™ technology enables WVXU to broadcast more than one program stream on its existing spectrum. WVXU currently has two program streams: news and information on WVXU HD1 and Radio Artifact on WVXU HD2.

How do I find WVXU’s HD channels on the radio dial?

WVXU’s broadcasts continue to be found at 91.7 FM. You do not need to learn a new station number or position on the radio dial. To receive WVXU’s HD signals you must have an HD Radio receiver. Tune up the dial from channel to channel in the same way you have always tuned in your favorite radio stations. HD Radio receivers detect digital and multicast station availability and tune to these automatically. (Tuning techniques vary by manufacturer. Check your owner’s manual.)

How can I get an HD Radio™ receiver?

A variety of HD Radio models for home and car are available both online and in stores, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Alamo Electronics in Montgomery.

Will I someday not be able to receive WVXU on my present receiver -- at home and in the car?

Not for a very long time. The FCC is relying on marketplace competition, instead of a mandate, to move the digital radio conversion ahead. This is already happening as the technology is now more common in the marketplace and prices are continuing to fall as time goes on.