Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Standard & HD FM Radio Signals Coming To Nationals Broadcasts
Confirmed to Nats320 today by WTOP--there is a near certainty--Our Washington Nationals will have one Standard FM and one HD FM radio signal added to their radio network beginning in late May, 2010. But understand, these are baby steps.
Jeffrey Wolinsky, WTOP's National Director of Sales/Sports Sales Manager telling Nats320 that Bonneville Broadcasting (WTOP's Owner) is looking to have Charlie Slowes & Dave Jageler heard on HD-Radio 107.7FM HD-2 when they begin broadcasting WFED in HD. And under FCC rules that will allow WFED & Nationals Radio Broadcasts to be repeated on 104.3 FM in Leesburg, Virginia. There is also a possibility both 107.7FM HD-2 & 104.3FM will be carrying those Nationals broadcasts by Mid-May.
The 1500-AM signal is not affected in any way. The Nationals Radio Games will continue on WFED's originating station.
107.7FM HD-2 can only be heard on HD Radios. 104.3FM is a standard radio broadcast signal.
Mr. Wolinsky stating these additions are not specifically aimed at getting Our Washington Nationals just on FM Radio, but more towards having a greater reach of coverage for the team--including AM Radio. WTOP is also closing in on an Ocean City, Maryland signal for Charlie & Dave. Apparently, a one-time affiliate of The Baltimore Orioles is interested in carrying Washington Major League Baseball Games now.
There are no ratings on how many listen to HD Radio anywhere in this country, but to help promote the upcoming changes--WTOP is considering HD-Radio Giveaways in conjunction with the start-up of 107.FM HD-2 and Nationals Games. Recently, Former Washington Redskins Great, John Riggins, gave away HD Radios to promote his afternoon HD broadcasts on WTOP's 103.5 FM HD3 station.