Stronger HD Signals

Eli Polonsky
Thu Mar 13 14:56:19 EDT 2014

The "WBCN Free Form Rock" channel on 100.7 WZLX HD3 
had a few commercials for concerts in the Boston 
area presented by the Boston office of the national
concert promoter "Live Nation" (run by longtime area
concert promoter Don Law) a few years ago.

I remember reading a few years ago that an HD2 station
with a bluegrass music format showed up at the bottom
of the ratings in one of the Virginias or Carolinas, 
I don't remember which.

With so few receivers on the market, consumer apathy,
and almost non-existent promotion of HD radio, I doubt
that any HD subchannel stations in Boston or anywhere 
else are anywhere close to making even the bottom of 
a ratings chart nowadays, though some of them have 
more listeners via simulcasting on internet streams. 
I don't know whether PPM encoding for radio stations
transfers to people listening to streaming simulcasts 
on their computers or other online devices.


>Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:13:36 -0400
>From: "Jim Hall" <>
>To: "'Boston Radio Mailing List'"
>Subject: RE: Stronger HD Signals
>I was listening to the jazz on WMJX-HD2 yesterday when, 
>to my surprise, they aired a *commercial* (for Best Buy). 
>That's the first time I've heard an ad on an HD2/3 station 
>that is not a simulcast. I wonder when (if?) an HD2/3 station 
>will finally show up in the ratings.

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