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Q: What is HD Radio™?

HD Radio™ is a digital format that has been adopted by commercial and public radio stations across the country. Unlike the traditional analog format, HD Radio allows stations to create different channels that are capable of broadcasting multiple programming schedules. Listeners will hear a crisper, clearer digital sound that echoes what they might hear from a CD. HD Radio units are also enabled to display special digitally encoded information including song and artist details.

Q: Can I hear HD Radio on any radio?

No, you will need to buy a special HD Radio unit. These will allow you to hear your favorite stations still broadcasting in an analog format and WKSU and others as HD Radio.

Q: What is WKSU offering as HD Radio?

WKSU is currently broadcasting four HD Radio channels across all five of our "full-power" towers (on 89.7 WKSU, in Kent; on 89.3 WKRW, in Wooster; on 91.5 WKRJ, in New Philadelphia; on 89.1 WKSV, in Thompson; and in 90.7 WNRK, in Norwalk): WKSU HD-1 (your favorite public radio programming as you hear it on your radio now), WKSU HD-2 (the popular music stream from FolkAlley.com), WKSU HD-3 (an all-classical channel that is currently streamed online at WKSU.org), and WKSU HD-4 (an all-news channel also found on WKSU.org.) The additional channels can be accessed an HD receiver with one or two clicks from the station's primary frequency.

Q: Can everyone in WKSU's listening area hear the four HD Radio channels?

Unfortunately, no. In order to maximize the sound quality for both analog and digital listeners, the HD Radio signals are broadcast at a limited power level. The further away the HD Radio is from one of our towers, the more likely the HD Radio may drop out. Adjusting you antennae to its most-optimal position will also increase your ability to connect with a strong signal. Drop-outs primarily affect people listening to WKSU HD-2, HD-3, and HD-4; WKSU's primary signal will automatically switch to an analog signal in an area where the digital signal is unavailable.

Q: Are WKSU's HD Radio channels available on satellite radio?

Typically, no. Unlike Satellite Radio, which requires a monthly subscription fee, HD Radio channels are free (like WKSU's traditional analog signal). Satellite radio offer its own collection of programming. WKSU is produced locally in Northeast Ohio, bringing news, classical and folk music and other public radio programming that is responsive to people living in the region. However, some Folk Alley programming is periodically available on Sirius XM satellite radio.

Q: Which car companies are offering HD Radio as a receiver option?

Please see the HD Radio Buyers Guide for up-to-date information on which manufacturers and vehicle models are currently offering HD Radio. Or check with your dealer for more information.

Q: What does the "HD" in HD Radio stand for?

The "HD" in HD Radio is part if iBiquity Digital's brand name for its digital AM and FM radio technology. It does not mean either hybrid digital or high definition, it is simply the branding language for this new technology.

Q: Is WKSU planning on discontinuing its analog broadcasts?

Unlike the television industry, there is no planned shutdown for analog broadcasting.

Q: Where can I get more information about HD Radio?

Up-to-the-minute information on advances in HD Radio technology and equipment is available online at HDRadio.com.

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