What’s on Southern California’s HD radio stations? Here’s what you need to know

By now – especially if you’ve been reading this column – you’ve probably heard of HD Radio, the broadcasting system authorized by the FCC where digital broadcasts are sent along with regular analog signals, giving supposed better sound quality on FM extra channels. These channels are available only if you have an HD Radio tuner.

But what are those extra channels, and is it worth upgrading to an HD Radio at home or in your car? Those are the big questions, and I’m going to try to answer them. First, the extra channels you can hear broadcast along with your favorite FM station; the following is a list of the available extra HD stations in Los Angeles, and the format they run.

The list below shows the extra stations a particular outlet provides but omits the first channels, which are duplicates of the regular analog stations. So the list below will begin with -2 for the second station and so on.

88.1-2: Jazz vocals

88.1-3: Cal State Long Beach student-run station; various programs from oldies to hip-hop; the home of Mornings on the Beach, an award-winning morning program covering various lifestyle issues

88.5-2: Contemporary Jazz, local news, and entertainment from Saddleback College

88.5-3: The Latin Alternative: Alternative music, electronic dance music, indie pop, Sal Soul and classic rock en Español

89.3-2: The Current: Contemporary alternative music from Minnesota Public Radio

89.9-2: Eclectic 24: a continuous stream of eclectic music curated by KCRW’s Chris Douridas

92.3-2: News and information from the Black Information Network

93.1-2: Simulcast of K-Frog’s (KFRG/Riverside) country music programming

93.1-3: The Bet: Sports gambling information and CBS Sportsradio programming

93.9-2: Spanish adult contemporary music

94.7-2: Rhythmic contemporary music

94.7-3: Radio Hamrah: News, information and talk programming for the global Persian community

95.1-2: Owner Audacy lists KFRG-HD2 as Next Country playing the next country hits before they are hits, but when I tuned in, the station was playing Spanish-language light rock.

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95.5-2: Southern California’s FM Talk Station… 24/7 repeats of the KLOS (95.5 FM) morning show, Heidi and Frank. Other shows are promised, but for now, that’s it.

95.5-3: Armenian language news, information and talk from SoCalArmenian.com

97.1-2: Channel Q: Electronic Dance Music and other programming designed for LA’s LGBTQ audience

97.1-3: Firelane: non-stop dance music

98.7-2: Simulcast of KLAC ’s (570 AM) sports programming

100.3-2: Air 1 Radio: contemporary Christian religious/worship music (essentially a simulcast of KYLA/Fountain Valley 92.7 FM and a handful of other stations in areas surrounding Los Angeles)

100.3-3: Radio Nueva Vida: Christian music and talk in Spanish

101.1-2: Simulcast of KNX (1070 AM) news radio

101.9-2: Simulcast of KTNQ (1020 AM) Spanish-language news/talk

101.9-3: Armenian Music Radio

103.5-2: Simulcast of KFI (640 AM) talk radio

103.5-3: The Breeze: Soft Rock similar to what KOST (103.5 FM) itself used to play

103.9-2: El Sembrador: Spanish-language Catholic radio programming from El Sembrador Ministries’ ESNE Radio network.

103.9-3: Another simulcast of KTNQ

104.3-2: Pride Radio: “The Pulse of LGBTQ+ America” – iHeart offers electronic music and top-40.

105.1-2: LA Oldies, as formerly heard on the old KSUR (now KMZT, 1260 AM). Oldies from the 1950s through the early 1980s with an emphasis on the late ‘60s and ’70

105.1-3: …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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