Quincy, IL (October 21, 2005)–Representatives from Broadcast Electronics (BE) joined Kevin Klose, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio, in Fort Wayne, IN to mark the first day of HD Radio multicasting on WBOI 89.1 FM. As of 9 AM on October 13, WBOI FM became the first station in northeast Indiana and the first public station in Indiana to offer multicasting on a digital signal.
WBOI FM is using BE’s second-generation HD Radio technology to broadcast three audio program services to the same dial position–an NPR news and jazz format, a classical format and a new 24-hour jazz format. “HD Radio is a 21st century solution to expanding the signal reception for our classical music programming and our new jazz programming,” said Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR) general manager Bruce Haines.
At the October 13 news conference formally announcing WBOI’s launch into HD Radio, Haines described multicasting as a means to offer greatly improved audio quality while expanding listener choice and extending public radio’s public service. Klose, a champion of multicasting, also known as Tomorrow Radio, lauded NIPR’s use of multicasting technology as delivering more programming channels to a new generation of NPR listeners.
Representing BE at the event were Jan Stratton with BE marketing services and BE studio products service manager Jeff Wilson, who provided technical demonstrations of digital multicasting. WBOI is using BE’s FMi 703 HD Radio transmitter with FXi 250 digital FM exciter high-level combined with a BE FM 30B transmitter into a shared antenna system. BE’s IDi 20 Data Importer is providing the bandwidth scaling necessary to multicast the signals through one transmission system.