Quincy, IL (April 1, 2005)–With seven more orders for Broadcast Electronics HD Radio equipment, Bonneville International continues its ambitious rollout of HD Radio to three more markets in as many months. The 35-station group ordered BE HD Radio gear for two St. Louis stations, four Washington, D.C. stations and one station in Phoenix during the first quarter of 2005.
These are in addition to the two Chicago and three San Francisco stations Bonneville converted to HD Radio last year, bringing to 12 the total number of stations it is converting to HD Radio using BE transmitters and/or signal generators.
On order for St. Louis stations WIL(FM) and WVRV(FM) are BE FMi 703 transmitters with BE FXi 60 digital FM exciters for high-level combining into existing antennas. The stations will receive BE’s XPi 10 HD Radio data exporter, which incorporates the HD Radio signal generator. This second-generation HD Radio architecture is ready now for HD Radio data or Secondary Program Services (SPS).
Bonneville’s D.C. stations WGMS(FM) and WWZZ(FM) also will receive the FMi 703 7kW/3kW digital transmitter package for high-level combining, as will KKLT(FM) in Phoenix. Bonneville’s WTOP(FM) in D.C. will use BE’s FMi 106 transmitter to feed a separate HD Radio antenna and its AM, WTOP(AM), will use BE’s ASi 10 to generate an HD Radio signal.
All seven Bonneville stations are expected to convert to HD Radio before May.
“It’s an ambitious rollout in a short period of time. It seems like just yesterday that we were working with Talmage and the other engineers at Bonneville on the initial development of HD Radio,” commented BE’s national accounts manager John Abdnour.