WEEI on HD-2 signals of WAAF, WKAF

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Sun Jul 31 09:51:33 EDT 2011

So has Entercom turned its back on HD-3 channels on all three of its
Boston-market FMs? If so, why? Have any of Entercom's Boston FMs
_ever_ run HD-3? Is there some problem with the HD-3 channels? I guess
most stations' HD-3 channels are in mono--although I'm not sure of
that and I don't think I've heard that HD-3 channels are technically
constrained to run only in mono. I think I've heard that at least some
(maybe all?) of the Entercom FMs that are running WEEI on their main
analog channels are running it in stereo. So does Entercom have a rule
that any FM that carries WEEI must carry it in stereo even though the
mother ship is on AM and is therefore mono? If HD-3 _must_ be in mono
and the company has a rule that WEEI on FM _must_be in stereo, that
would rule out running WEEI on 93.7 HD-3 unless the company were
willing to move whatever is on 93.7 HD-2 to 93.7 HD-3 and change the
music that I gather is currently in stereo on HD-2 to mono on HD-3. I
can barely follow my own questions, which makes me wonder whether
anyone who isn't a radio geek could ever follow this discussion.

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Nelson" <raccoonradio@mail.com>
To: "BostonRadio Mailing List"
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:06 AM
Subject: WEEI on HD-2 signals of WAAF, WKAF

> It's not the full fledged move to standard FM, but WEEI is now
> apparently being heard on the HD-2 signals of
> both WKAF 97.7 (stick on Great Blue Hill, Milton) and WAAF 107.3
> (Stiles Hill, Boylston). I can confirm I can pick up
> the 97.7 signal here in Beverly; one message board poster can pick
> up the HD-2 of 107.3 (but, for him, not 97.7) and Mark of Boston
> Radio Watch says he can confirm both stations are doing this.
> In the past WEEI was on the HD-3 signal of WMKK 93.7 (stick in
> Peabody). When I tried my HD portable (and I'm only about 5-8 miles
> from the MKK stick) they had Funkytown on the HD-2, but no HD-3. Now
> the question is, how many people know or care enough to go out and
> buy an HD radio, or start using the ones they may have bought
> already? No word if they plan to advertise this, as WXKS 1200 did
> when 107.9's HD-2 started to run them.
> This may help some people with reception issues (interference in
> workplaces, etc.) I will say the other night in the break room at
> work I found WCBS in New York with the Yankees game easier to pick
> up than 850 WEEI (though the game is also on 104.9 which comes in
> there but not on the workroom floor). One would think the Boston
> station would be easier but no...In any case, I may find I could
> have an easier time getting an HD-2 signal out of Great Blue Hill
> (trying to pick up in N. Reading or here in Beverly) than I would
> trying to pick up an HD-3 from Peabody...at least in some areas.

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