Cincinnati, OH (September 5, 2006)–Harris Corporation’s broadcast communications division announced that Radio One, the nation’s seventh-largest radio broadcasting company, has exclusively purchased Harris transmitters for its third round of HD Radio conversions. Radio One will install Harris transmitters at 18 stations (17 FM and one AM) through the end of the year.
All FM stations will receive Z-Series transmitters with the Harris FlexStar family of HD Radio products (HDI-100 Importers, HDE-100 Exporters and HDX-FM exciters) for multicasting. Harris also will supply a DAX transmitter with its DEXSTAR exciter for the AM installation, and will deliver FlexStar products to three existing HD Radio installations to initiate multicasting.
Radio One was the first commercial radio broadcasting group to purchase HD Radio transmission equipment in 2003. Since then, the company has exclusively purchased Harris transmitters. A total of 35 Radio One stations will be on the air with Harris transmitters by the end of 2006. The incorporation of FlexStar HDI-100 importers at certain stations will allow Radio One to launch supplementary channel programming alongside its main HD Radio channel program.
“Radio One’s early HD Radio experiments came at a time when only beta test sites existed for commercial HD Radio,” said John Mathews, vice president of engineering, Radio One. “My experience with Harris, which began with a training session at the company’s Quincy, Illinois facility, instilled the confidence that its HD Radio product research and development was ahead of its peers as far back as 2003. The consistent transmission performance and product support we have since received from Harris, coupled with its continued advancement of multicasting technology, have kept us firmly in the Harris camp for HD Radio.”