A blog for public radio in HD

Welcome the beginning of the begining – a chance for listeners, radio producers, networks and stations to share and converse about the HD Radio present and future of public radio.

More to come!


About sehanley

Musician, journalist, teacher, technologist, consultant & former NPR station manager. A media and entertainment professional, journalist, entrepreneur, technology advocate, educator, student, mentor, manager, and media, musical and theatrical performer. Voice talent and coach for music and spoken word. I also act and sing (mostly jazz, but a lot of experience with choral, classical and musical theater, too). Brass instruments, too, but my AF ofM card lapsed years ago. Heard on the national jazz service, PubJazz, and in the Pittsburgh market on WZUM/Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. I also teach college level courses in media and journalism. I managed the leading NPR/public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA for 16 years, a few years later was GM of the NPR station WBHM in Birmingham, AL. I served for six very busy years on the NPR Board of Directors and have done much volunteer service for national and local organizations in the communities I have been privileged to live and work in. Former NPR Board Member, former President of the Pittsburgh Radio Organization, sometime musician, relentless technology advocate. Opinions expressed are not the viewpoints of any employer or affiliation past or present.
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One Response to A blog for public radio in HD

  1. Kashmir says:

    450 U.S. stations are already broadcasting HD radio.

    It is estimated that in the next 2 years, that number will rise to 2,500 stations, covering 90 percent of the country.

    The biggest hurdle to mass adoption is the price point and access to new radio sets to decode the HD signals. The reason for the success of HD in the UK has been the price of HD Radio sets.

    The major players in North America are: Clear Channel Communications, Disney, Ford Motor Company, iBiquity Digital, Radiosophy, Texas Instruments, and Visteon.

    Will Public Radio be added to this list? Food for thought: The biggest payoff is not always to the first to market, it is often the fast follower who takes advantage of the pioneers risk and expensive mistakes – and combines it with with commercialization.

    Pubilc radio is mission driven, a rare thing thesedays when most people are content to chase windmills of new technology for the sake of being hip and get rich quick.

    If the hardcore public radio GM’s can get over the stigma about marketing and making tons of money (that can be put to public use) – there is no limit to what it can achieve.

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