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12:58 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

All About HD Technology on WRTI

HD? WRTI HD-2? Multicasting? Streaming?
Sound confusing?

When you hear one of our hosts say that "WRTI is now broadcasting in HD," what that means is that the station has embraced HD Radio? technology, which sends out high-quality "high-definition" digital signals. This provides listeners with crystal-clear reception and eliminates a lot of the noise and interference associated with analog signals. WRTI's HD Radio broadcasts are accessible, free of charge, via an HD Radio.

WRTI HD-2 = The station's second broadcast channel accessible to HD radio owners who live in the 90.1 frequency area, and everyone else online via WRTI's fulltime classical and jazz streams. WRTI's HD-2 channel plays classical music at night and jazz during the day, and offers programming that's mostly not heard on WRTI's main frequency including locally produced and nationally syndicated programs. It's a whole new way of experiencing WRTI.


Multicasting = WRTI's HD-2 programing that is broadcast on the air while simultaneously WRTI broadcasts its core programming.


Streaming = All of WRTI's classical and jazz broadcasts are offered online at www.wrti.org. Just click on "Listen Live" and you can "stream" the same broadcasts you hear on the air via your computer. You can hear HD-2 programming even if you don't own an HD Radio. Streaming allows you to access WRTI's classical or jazz programming any time of the day that you want it, and from anywhere in the world.

What are the benefits of HD Radio technology and HD-2 programming to the WRTI listener?
It's 24 hours of classical music radio, and 24 hours of jazz radio. Multicasting also gives listeners more programming choices, provides WRTI with more outlets for new programming, and expands WRTI's public radio mission. Anyone who streams our broadcasts online can also hear our HD-2 programming. And if you own an HD radio and live in the 90.1 frequency area, you can choose between the classical music and jazz formats that WRTI provides by simply turning the dial one notch.

How can you buy an HD Radio?
Since HD broadcasts are free and do not require a subscription (as Satellite Radio does), all that you have to do is purchase an HD Radio to enjoy it. The official HD Radio website can provide you with valuable information.