For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI RECEIVES A $75,000 GRANT FROM THE CORPORATION OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING TO LAUNCH DIGITAL RADIO

January 20, 2005 (Rochester, NY) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in support of implementing FM In-band/OnChannel (IBOC) transmission for HD radio. The grant is a 50% matching grant that will cover half of the equipment costs WXXI will need to transmit a digital signal. WXXI will launch the digital signal of its FM 91.5 channel, Rochester’s only all-Classical music station, in the summer of 2005 with plans to do the same with AM 1370, Rochester’s National Public Radio station, in the near future.

HD Radio technology enables the digital radio signal to share the same airwaves as analog AM and FM radio. As such, the digital signal will be compatible with HD Radio receivers and analog radios. What sets HD Radio apart from analog radio is its CD-quality sound and the opportunity to significantly increase the quality and scope of programming services.


The CPB grant will help to purchase an antenna, transmission line, licensing, installation, monitoring and Studio-to-Transmitter Link.

In September, 2003 WXXI entered the digital era when it signed on with Rochester’s first full-power digital television signal. As part of a mandate by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), all television stations were required to begin broadcasting a digital signal by that year. Unlike the FCC mandate for digital television, digital radio is supported by the FCC but the transition is not currently required by law.

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