Friday, July 27, 2007

Colorado Public Radio to bring HD Radio to Vail?

On Thursday, July 26th, Frances Koncilja, a former Board Member at Colorado Public Radio, posted some of the general details for CPR's plan to introduce HD Radio in Vail, Colorado. Here you will find the actual CPR Communications Plan and the the proposed time line for HD implementation by CPR.

Koncilja is unsure; however, whether her Going Public in Denver Westword, on the Denver Westword Blog, or here with with Colorado Public Radio Blog has changed, postponed, or canceled these dates for the planned upgrade in the Vail Valley.

The latest information from Colorado Public Radio is that the Vail changes will be discussed at the September 2007 Board Meeting. Stay tuned!

16 comments:

PocketRadio said...

What's the point - consumers don't care about HD Radio, no one is listening, and HD Radio is failing:

http://hdradiofarce.blogspot.com/

Frances Koncilja said...

That is interesting. Do you have any articles or website to point us to? Why would CPR spend the time, energy and money to switch to HD? Thanks for you incite

PocketRadio said...

Hi Frances,

I have researched HD for about a year and have put many relevant articles on my blog:

http://hdradiofarce.blogspot.com/

There is a link to radio-info.com's
HD board, which is great place for an unbiased/informative view of HD and its jamming effects, especially on AM. I am a software engineer and avid AM DX'er and know full well what is going on behind-the-scenes. I have been kicked off many HD boards for my avid anti-IBOC stance and have posted to numerous blogs, articles, and HD reporters. I commend your resigning over the move to HD because it is a kiss-of-death for AM stations and consumers are totally apathetic towards HD.

Greg

Anonymous said...

Everything about HD/iBLOC is a lie. HD is the prybar which Wall Street hopes to use to break into the public trust and loot our airwaves.

HD is not about 'streams', channels between channels, a 'new golden age of radio', 'CD quality audio', or any other fake, phoney claim. HD/iBLOC is a Trojan Horse used to attack the free and open exchange of ideas and of opinion.

Older consumers don't want HD. Young ones laugh at it. Retailers can't sell it. Manufacturers disdain it. But Wall Street's BigKorpseorate monopolykasters love it. Why? HD jams. It jams everything but Wall Street stations. HD limits listener choice to a few 'local' stations owned by monopolies, whose programs originate thousands of miles away.

Everything about HD is a lie. Those who promote it uniformly sound like defensive, arrogant, overblown, nitwits.

HD is about money and control. iBLOC is another 'Recovering the Wealth of Nations' scam pimped by Deer Island elites.

Anonymous said...

Apologize for not signing my name. I'm 'anonymous', above.

HD means death to live, compelling, free and easily accessible radio. The only ones who want HD/iBLOC are Wall Street greedy-guts and their BigRadio pals, known as BigKorpseKasters, for their dull, repetitive, moribund programming.

How do you know they're fourflushers? Ask HD shills routine questions - ones regarding interference really unsettle them - and, first, they smoothly dismiss you. Persist, they become unsettled, then angry, and attack both you and analog radio.

Cops call such behavior 'Hinky'. It's germane to both grifters and HD promoters. Odd coincidence.

Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
01 August, 2007

Anonymous said...

Why would CPR/PBS go HD? Simple. HD jams. Jamming limits listener choice and demolishes competition.

Free markets rely on talent and compelling programs. Our 'political economy' instead uses cheat Strategies. Jamming is a cheat strategy, one familiar to residents of former East Bloc nations.

Clever, eh? That's what schemers thought in '96 when this scheme to loot public airwaves was codified.

But time, honest competition, and superior technology eclipsed HD. HD promoters bet the manure farm on their Frankenstein monster.

Like the midnight bulldozing of Meigs Field, HD schemers wanted radio all-digital by now, without warning the public. Nice people.

Senators warn of an HDTV 'trainwreck' in '09, when analog TV stations go off the air. Over two thirds of Americans hadn't a clue. They do now. They're displeased. Even the best laid 90s klepto-scams fail.

Will the public become irate when HD blocks their favorite radio broadcasts? They already are.

They may tune out altogether. Most of us support progress. If HD radio were honest, if it didn't interfere and block present stations, we'd gladly support it.

When we express our concerns to industry people, they reply with nonsense, insults, and silence. We'll vote with our checkbooks.

Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
01 August, 2007

PocketRadio said...

Frances,

Sorry, that I didn't really answer your question, as to why CPR should go HD. As Paul stated, this was as scheme hatched years ago by former companies of iBiquity to jam smaller broadcasters/competition off the dial. As broadcast radio faces stiff competition from Satellite Radio, iPods, cell phones, Pandora, Last.FM, etc., HD is broadcast radio's answer to Wall Street. I really cannot give you a good reason why CPR should go HD, as most metro areas have more than enough radio stations to satisfy listeners, without the need for HD multicasting. As for AM, which cannot provide multicasting, this "CD quality" claim by the HD Radio Alliance/iBiquity is filled with digital artifacts and HD fringe dropouts back to analog - HD's coverage is about 50% of analog. Even if compelling content was put on the HD channels, poor coverage will always be HD's Achilles Heel.

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the actual CPR communications plan? Is this public information? I couldn't find it on the CPR website.

PocketRadio said...

Finally, may be the good news we have been waiting for - time to put an end to the jamming:

"HD Radio - Wherefore Art Thou?"

"Just contemplate that thought for a second before moving on, because there's something around the corner that may cripple HD Radio far worse than lackluster consumer interest, or inability to get the product on store shelves. Second's up. If the push to make broadcast radio pay the same exorbitant fees for "performance royalties" that internet radio is facing wins, every side-channel that's in this rush to HD will be included in the invoice. How's that for an HD Radio killer?"

http://www.audiographics.com/agd/080207-1.htm

"House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Broadcast Performance Right - No Breaks for the Broadcasters"

"Congressman Howard Berman chairs the subcommittee, and he opened the hearing with a summary of the issues - indicating that he expected that the committee would move legislation this year to impose a performance royalty on broadcasters."

http://tinyurl.com/ysrnf8

Here's an excellent reason NOT to invest in HD.

John Higdon said...

Problems with the system that pervade the entire HD/IBOC data and codec from beginning to end, all the way to the signal on the air persist. The codec, by today's standards, is grossly inferior on FM and literally unspeakable on AM (gee, I had no idea). Since they're hardwired into the receivers, they won't be changed anytime soon, if ever.

But it goes beyond that. There were bad choices of network layer such that reliability is compromised. The code used in exciters has a severe memory leak, so the exciters crash routinely. The receivers can be locked up solid by malformed packets, requiring a power cycle to restore
operation. The list goes on and on and on.

Will any of this get fixed? Probably not, since all the money right now is going to promotion, not to technical bug fixes. This is a system that has been in development for a decade and a half, and it still has problems from beginning to end that range from audio encoding, through the transport layers, to the encoding, and now, with the spectral regrowth problems, to the broadcast bands themselves; you know...that which is supposed to be serving the public. HD/IBOC is garbage technology.

John Higdon
+1 408 Andrews 6-4400

John Higdon said...

Per, my above comment:

"KUVO Turns on IBOC in Colorado"

"Spectral regrowth can happen when HD Radio "sidebands" mix with the primary carrier frequency and create spurious signals on second, third and fourth adjacent channels. The transmitter isolation issue involves the need to keep the analog FM signal out of the HD Radio transmitter where it can create spectral re-growth problems... The Denver FM market is congested, and the last thing I wanted to worry about was interference to other broadcasters."

http://www.radioworld.com/reference-room/iboc/01_rw_hd_kuvo_4.shtml

John Higdon
+1 408 Andrews 6-4400

Jimmy James Jr. said...

All,

Thanks for the comments! Perhaps some rebuttal from the HD supporters?

JJ

Anonymous said...

I think HD is great! It allows me to get KCFR in stereo (eg the music pieces on Prairie Home Companion) and without all the AM interference. (Even the AM HD is better than straight (noisy) AM). It also allows be to listen to several other FM HD streams that are commercial-free. When are the majority of receiver manufacturers going to get with the program and offer HD?

Steve Cantrill, Denver

Jimmy James Jr. said...

Steve,

The best thing to do is to check with Ibiquity regarding the availability of receivers.

www.ibiquity.com

Thanks for reading the blog!

JJ

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