In Tune with Latest Technology Advances: HD Radio™ Broadcasting at 89.7 FM
As radio takes a giant leap into the 21st century, KJTH distinguishes itself
as a broadcast industry trailblazer. The latest vehicle is HD Radio™ technology,
and 89.7 The House is one of the first stations to launch it in Oklahoma.
The final phase of the House's digital installation upgrades are complete, and the
station began broadcasting both traditional analog and HD Radio™ signals on
December 21, 2004.
Former Chief Engineer Julius Suyat installing the new KJTH digital transmitter.
What does HD Radio™ mean to me?
HD Radio™ is a groundbreaking new digital technology that produces the highest
quality audio available, delivering crystal clear reception and offering
CD quality sound.
How is HD Radio™ different from regular radio?
A fundamental benefit of the new technology is that noise, interference and fades
- that "picket fence" static, called multipath interference, you may have
experienced driving around town or while waiting at a red light - are effectively
Another key feature, quite a boon for audiophiles and music lovers, is that
the technology is capable of delivering true 5.1 surround sound like you would
experience in Music Hall.
What else does HD Radio™ do?
Digital radios can also receive and display text and images on small liquid crystal
screens. The House envisions this feature to offer our listeners the
title, artist and album information from pieces of music or present
important text messages, such as updated weather forecasts (or the all-important
pledge line telephone number!) without interrupting our music programming.
Digital radio may allow station operators to offer two distinct program "channels"
simultaneously. For example, KJTH could offer Christian music all day, every
day on one channel, while using our second channel for spoken word programs such
as Focus On The Family, In Touch and Adventures In Odyssey.
;National Public Radio is currently conducting tests of this feature and initial
reports are promising.
Where can I purchase a digital radio? And when?
HD Radio™ receivers are beginning to come to market. Kenwood, JVC and
Panasonic are among a few of the major manufacturers with car units. A number
of automobile manufacturers are expected to offer HD Radio™ option upgrades in
select 2006 model cars. KJTH has found several online sources currently
selling car units, including Crutchfield.com.
Are home receivers available?
Yes, one will be available by spring 2005 for $299.00. Boston Acoustics
will introduce by spring of 2005, Receptor Radio HD with HD Radio Technology
by iBiquity Digital. This dynamic, next-generation HD Tabletop delivers
enhanced audio quality, fidelity and reception, new information features and
The Boston Sound. For more information visit: http://www.bostonacoustics.com/whats_new.asp.
Watch this space for home receiver updates throughout 2005.
The future of radio: This new transmitter allows KJTH to broadcast programming using
new HD Radio™ technology.
Will I someday not be able to receive The House 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. While it
is true that you will need a new radio to benefit from digital radio, your
present radios should hold you in good stead for some time to come, since
radio stations that do convert (such as KJTH) will be required to continue to
offer their existing analog transmission services throughout the conversion.
Some estimates place that time period at over ten years. You may find your
adoption of digital radio occurs seamlessly through your normal purchases of
automobiles or electronic equipment for your home, rather than a wholesale
shopping trip to replace all your current radios, as the technology becomes
commonplace and its price falls over the coming years.
HD Radio Broadcast Radius Map