New York, NY (May 19, 2005)–Infinity Broadcasting launched WUSN-FM 99.5 HD-2 “Chicago’s Future Country,” the nation’s first continuously programmed HD Radio multicast channel by a commercial broadcaster, on Thursday, May 12. WUSN-FM 99.5 HD-2 will be programmed independently of radio station WUSN-FM, and will feature a comprehensive playlist of new music from country’s favorite artists and brightest rising stars. Both digital broadcasts will also include song, title and artist information as text and displayed on HD Radio capable receivers.
WUSN-FM, the most listened to country music station in the nation, has been granted experimental authorization from the FCC to broadcast the supplemental audio service (multicast). The station began broadcasting digitally in June 2003.
“There is no limit to the number of uses involving HD Radio,” said Joel Hollander, chairman and CEO, Infinity. “And this announcement is just the first of many related to Infinity’s digital broadcast strategy. We will continue to be aggressive in converging new and traditional media through creative programming and advanced delivery methods.”
“Launching this new multicast capability is very exciting, and we are thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this burgeoning technology,” said Dave Robbins, vice president and general manager of WUSN-FM and WJMK-FM. “We clearly see the future of digital radio and have embraced its many applications. WUSN-FM 99.5 HD-2 ‘Chicago’s Future Country’ is the perfect complement to our No. 1-rated station and offers our listeners the capability to hear the best new country music in superior, crystal-clear sound quality.”
Infinity has implemented HD Radio technology developed by iBiquity Digital at several of its radio stations across the country, including stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland, Las Vegas and Fresno.