HD Radio

WHAT IS HD RADIO?

HD Radio technology is a new form of radio that delivers FM radio with near CD quality and allows HD radio capable sets of picking up alternate HD only channels as well as main radio channels. 'HD' does not stand for 'high definition'; it is simply iBiquity Digital's brand name for its digital radio technology.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

HD technology allows stations to broadcast digital and analog signals simultaneously, on the same FM frequency. It also allows 'multicasting.' In Northwest Public Radio’s case, this means that you can pick up both our NPR and Classical Music service and the NPR News service on a single frequency, on a HD radio receiver.

For example, you tune in to KFAE-FM on 89.1 FM. You will hear our NPR and Classical music service, on 89.1 HD-1. Now you can press the 'tune up' button. On a regular FM radio this will take you up the dial to 89.3, but on an HD radio this will take you the 89.1 HD-2, which is our NPR News service.

DO I NEED A SPECIAL RADIO TO LISTEN TO HD?

Yes, you will need an HD Radio receiver. There are many HD radio models are on the market, from home receivers to portable personal audio products and after-market car radios.Many new cars also come with equipped with HD radios.

HOW MUCH DOES HD SERVICE COST?

Nothing! HD Radio broadcasting is absolutely FREE. Once you've purchased an HD Radio receiver, you can get Northwest Public Radio’s HD-1 and HD-2 signals where available.

To learn more about HD Radio, please visit http://www.hd-radio.com/.

Here are links to just a few HD radio models currently available, and to the NPR Shop's HD Radio offerings.

Northwest Public Radio is not endorsing any of these products and is merely offering these links as a convenience.

NPR Shop - HD Radios

Insignia HD Radio Portable Player

Sony - Xplod 52W x 4 Apple iPod-Ready CD Deck with Built-In HD Radio

HD Radio Buyer's Guide