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Thursday, August 25, 2005


Digital radio-A High Distortion Iniquity

I (along with hundreds of millions of others) have been listening to FM radio for 60 years and have never heard the digital noise and crackling described in this wretched piece of propaganda. (Reproduced below at bottom).
Most people are perfectly satisfied with analog FM stereo just the way it is, and has been for over 40 years. Analog FM occasionally has a problem with multi-path but that is much worse with the iBiquity HD radio system. When 2 digital signals combine (as in the case of multi-path) they wreck havoc. Multi-path doesn't disappear just because the signals are digital, in fact, the results are worse!

This article is a regurgitation of the New York Times article you sent me a couple of weeks ago (that was later retracted for inaccuracy).

The crackles and hisses are caused by the HD radio iBiquity digital FM signal interfering with the analog signal. The power lines associated with the stoplight re-radiate the digital HD radio interference causing more static, hissing, and jamming. Shut off the HD iBiquity digital signal and the interference will disappear! To avoid the interference just avoid broadcasting an iBiquity HD radio signal. iBiquity generated HD radio noise is a GUARANTEED TUNE OUT FOR ANALOG LISTENERS!

The solution is simple:


THERE IS A BETTER SYSTEM! 100% in band and ON CHANNEL with 5.1 surround sound as a bonus!
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-Rich Franklin

Iniquity propaganda included below:

Art Cohen wrote:
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 12:57:49 -0400From: Art Cohen Subject: Digital radio begins to get media attentionTo: PUBRADIO@LISTSERV.BOISESTATE.EDUThis was in today's USA Today:http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/gear/2005-08-23-digital-radio_x.htmDigital radio emerges into the futureBy Paul Davidson, USA TODAYARLINGTON, Va. - As Jan Andrews circles a block of midrise office buildingsand hotels here, his car radio crackles and hisses, sullying the PartridgeFamily's 1970 chart-topper, I Think I Love You. When Andrews stops at a traffic light, the static thickens. But after hepushes a button on his radio, switching the 100.3 FM broadcast from analogto digital, the noise magically vanishes.Suddenly, the background keyboard sharpens and lead singer David Cassidy'ssomewhat clearer voice can be savored in its - ahem - full-throated glory. "When you don't hear the (static) for a while, you realize how obnoxious andobtrusive it can be," says Andrews, senior engineer for National PublicRadio, whose van offers digital-radio demonstrations. (Related item: Wherehart> the digital stations are)After getting a lackluster rollout from both radio stations andmanufacturers last year, digital radio is finally gaining some traction.Hundreds of radio stations have gone digital in recent months, and retailersare starting to offer digital radios for homes as well as cars.Analysts and broadcasters say digital radio will bring listeners bettersound quality, as well as new programming choices. That should generatefresh revenue for an aging medium under siege from satellite radio and theWeb. "Without (digital), the radio industry signs its death warrant," saysGartner analyst Laura Behrens. "With it, the industry has a chance toreinvent itself."Digital radio can revitalize AM stations by making them sound like analogFM, and can juice up FM stations with CD-quality sound. Perhaps moresignificantly, the digitized signal can be compressed to let FM stationsbroadcast at least one or two additional channels at the same frequency.Digital radios also display a song's title and artist on a small screen.On the way for digital AM and FM: on-demand traffic, weather and stockupdates, via text or audio, and the ability to pause or rewind a live song.Eventually, you'll even be able to push a button to order a CD of the songon the radio.Digital radio is different from fast-growing satellite services that serveabout 6 million subscribers. XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radioalso beam their signals digitally but do so via satellite and offer anational service of 100 or so mostly commercial-free channels for $10 to $13a month. Digital radio is free, but to hear it, you have to spend at least severalhundred dollars on a new AM/FM receiver that pipes both digital and analogsignals at the same frequency. Satellite radio gear costs as little as $45.While most consumers have at least heard of satellite radio, an In-Stat/MDRsurvey says few are familiar with HD radio, as digital radio is formallyknown. "There's zero awareness," says analyst Leland Westerfield of HarrisNesbitt. A slow start AM/FM radio is somewhat belatedly following cell phones, music, cameras andTVs in the march toward digital. A handful of radio stations experimentedwith digital in 2002, but receivers weren't out until last year. Adoptionhas been slow, largely because of a chicken-and-egg problem: Radio stationsdidn't want to buy digital transmitters until more digital radios were onstore shelves, and manufacturers were loath to produce the radios untilthere were more digital broadcasts. But as satellite radio's footsteps grew louder last year, a group of largebroadcasters broke the logjam. No. 1 Clear Channel Radio, Cox Radio andEntercom Communications all said they would add digital to most of theirstations by 2008. It costs a radio station $100,000 or so to add a digital transmitter, vs.the $2 million or more to add digital to a TV station. By the end of 2008,2,000 of the USA's 13,500 radio stations are scheduled to go digital,covering 95% of the listening audience, says Robert Struble, CEO ofiBiquity, which developed and licenses the HD Radio technology and whoseinvestors include 15 big radio broadcasters. Of course, stations will crankout their analog signals as well for many years. There are about 500 stations broadcasting digitally, up from fewer than 100in January. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C.,each have 10 or more digital stations. And since March, about 25 FM stations have started "multicasting," orbroadcasting at least one additional channel with new programming as well astheir main digital signal. Dozens more are set to do so by year's end.That should provide a boost to the nascent medium. About 50% of consumerssaid they would buy a digital radio for the new programming or on-demandtraffic or weather updates, vs. 38% who cited better sound quality,In-Stat/MDR says."The paramount reason we're excited is multicasting," says Entercom CEODavid Field. He says multicasting could keep some listeners from defecting to satelliteradio - which offers seemingly limitless choice - by supplying such nichechannels as blues, jazz and comedy. While satellite providers tout few or no commercials, national coverage andwider selection, broadcasters promote their local programming and freeservice. Eventually, though, broadcasters plan to charge listeners fees for somepremium multicast services, such as concerts or traffic updates. Text adscould accompany audio ones. By 2010, HD radio should generate 6% to 10% ofbroadcasters' revenue, Westerfield says. That could revitalize an industry whose revenue has been virtually flat thepast three years at about $20 billion. Many advertisers have turned to theInternet, while some consumers are flocking to satellite radio, podcastingand soon, music on cell phones. "All those things were catalysts" fordigital's recent jumpstart, says Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan. In May, Chicago country station WUSN became the USA's first commercial FMoutlet to multicast, adding a second digital stream that broadcasts newcountry hits at the same frequency, 99.5. A listener calls up 99.5 HD1 for adigital simulcast of the analog broadcast and HD2 for new-country.Infinity recently added a second digital channel at Chicago's WJMK FM- itseclectic "Jack" channel - that broadcasts 1960s and 1970s music. WJMK hashired three of its veteran oldies DJs to host, though the outlet has fewlisteners and no ads."The better the content, the more likely the technology will succeed," saysDave Robbins, general manager of both stations. Robbins is planning heavy promotions of digital radio this fall to drivelisteners to retailers. Other stations multicasting: . Greater Media's three Detroit FM stations last week each announced a newcompanion multicast channel broadcasting hip-hop, off-beat classic rock and"soft" adult contemporary music. "It's a line extension of the existingbrand," says Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth. . National Public Radio's member stations have taken a leading role inmulticasting. WFAE-FM in Charlotte, for instance, launched an adult-orientedfolk and rock channel to complement its flagship news and talk station.Public radio stations are partly countering the threat posed by satelliteradio's talk and classical music stations. "There's a feeling that public TV was weakened by its choice to stand patwhile many cable (TV) channels," such as the Discovery and History channels,lured away PBS' audience, says David Carwile of WOSU-FM in Columbus, Ohio.More choices on shelves Spurred by broadcasters' plans, manufacturers are picking up the pace. Sincelast year, after-market digital car stereos have been offered in stores suchas Myer-Emco for $350 to $500. But in June, Yamaha shipped the first homeradio, a $1,900 home-entertainment unit. This fall, Boston Acoustics, PolkAudio and Radiosophy plan to release tabletop models priced at $269 to $599in stores such as Crutchfield and J&R Music and Computer World. Bigretailers such as Circuit City, though, are awaiting greater consumerinterest and lower prices.In-Stat analyst Michelle Abraham says the medium won't take hold in earnestuntil the price of tabletop home units falls below $100 and the devices areoffered as factory-installed option in cars. BMW plans to offer HD radios inits 6 Series and 7 Series models this fall. Struble says three or fourcarmakers will likely add the option next fall, though he would not namethem. Large-scale adoption of digital radio will take two or three years, Abrahamsays. She says it will take 10 to 20 years before consumers replace all 750million analog radios in homes and cars and broadcasters go digital-only. In coming months, the FCC will likely consider a request from the musicindustry to add copy protections to digital broadcasts. Music companies fearconsumers will use sophisticated digital recorders to cherry-pick songs andcreate catalogs or blast them over the Web, dampening music sales.But the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer rights group, saysgranting the request would be unduly restrictive. An appeals court recentlystruck down a copy protection plan for digital TV.The FCC is also expected to decide whether to permit digital AM broadcastsat night. Night broadcasts are barred because of concerns about interferencewith analog AM stations, some of which can be picked up by distant listenersat night.That could be key. Digital radio could revitalize the AM band as a bastionfor music. Many AM music stations have switched to news, talk and sportsformats because of AM's slightly muffled, tinny sound. KMRY-AM, an adult standards music station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, addeddigital two years ago, hoping the fuller, clearer sound attracts newlisteners."It's going to save (AM) stations like us," says KMRY owner Rick Sellers."I'm not going to double my audience, but by God, I can be (the city's No. 4station), up from No. 7." He added: "Now if we can just get some radios out there."
o Arthur Cohen o Whole Station Solutionso acohen@wholestation.como 315-750-0419

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