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.
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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