What’s on Southern California HD Radio Stations? Here’s What You Need To Know – Daily News

By now, especially if you’ve read this column, you’ve probably heard of HD Radio, the FCC-licensed broadcast system where digital broadcasts are sent with regular analog signals, delivering better sound quality across the channels. additional FM. These channels are only available if you have an HD Radio tuner.

But what are these extra channels and is it worth upgrading to HD radio at home or in your car? These are the big questions, and I will try to answer them. First, the additional channels that you can hear broadcast with your favorite FM station; the following is a list of additional HD stations available in Los Angeles, and the format they run.

The list below shows the additional stations provided by a particular outlet, but omits the first channels, which are duplicates of the regular analog stations. The list below will therefore start with -2 for the second station and so on.

88.1-2: Jazz vocals

88.1-3: Cal State Long Beach student-run resort; various programs ranging 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 & Saddleback College Entertainment

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

89.3-2: The Current: Contemporary Alternative Music from Minnesota Public Radio

89.9-2: Eclectic 24: A Continuous Stream of Eclectic Music Hosted by Chris Douridas of KCRW

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

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

93.1-3: The Bet: sports betting information and CBS Sportsradio lineup

93.9-2: contemporary music for adults in Spain

94.7-2: Contemporary rhythmic music

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

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

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

95.5-3: News, information and discussions in Armenian language from SoCalArmenian.com

97.1-2: Channel Q: Electronic dance music and other programming designed for LGBTQ audiences in LA

97.1-3: Firelane: non-stop dance music

98.7-2: simultaneous broadcasting of sports programming from KLAC (570 AM)

100.3-2: Air 1 Radio: Contemporary Christian / worship religious music (basically simulcast from KYLA / Fountain Valley 92.7 FM and a handful of other stations in the Los Angeles area)

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

101.1-2: simultaneous broadcast of KNX information radio (1070 AM)

101.9-2: Simultaneous broadcast of KTNQ (10:20 a.m.) news / discussions in Spanish

101.9-3: Armenian Music Radio

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

103.5-3: The Breeze: Soft Rock similar to what KOST (103.5 FM) himself played

103.9-2: El Sembrador: Catholic radio programming in the Spanish language of the ESNE Radio network of El Sembrador ministries.

103.9-3: Another simulcast from KTNQ

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

105.1-2: LA Oldies, as once heard on the old KSUR (now KMZT, 1260 AM). Oldies from the 50’s to the early 80’s with a focus on the late 60’s and 70’s

105.1-3: Unforgettable FM: all Frank Sinatra, all the time

105.1-4: K-Mozart Simulcast (KMZT): classical music with some related specialized programs

105.9-2: simultaneous broadcast of KDAY (93.5 FM) hip-hop old school

106.3-2: AAX Radio: Vietnamese programming (although when I tuned in I heard an English chat about weddings and masks)

106.3-3: Simultaneous broadcast of KYPA’s Korean-language music programming (12:30 p.m.) (including alumni in English) and news

106.7-2: Roq of the 80s: The music that made KROQ famous (106.7 FM); pop and alternative music from the 1980s

107.5-2: Radio Jan: First launched in Armenia in 2012 and Los Angeles in 2017, the station broadcasts Armenian popular music

107.5-3: Radio ITN: news and entertainment 24/24 serving the Persian community.

Currently, only FM stations can broadcast the additional channels, although the HD system would allow AM stations to do so if they went fully digital. There is not enough space in the AM band to allow additional channels using the current system; Unfortunately, going all-digital means that a station would lose listeners to traditional radio. A few stations nationwide have done so, but none locally.

So you can see that there are many “secret” stations that can be heard using an HD Radio tuner. Should you go out and buy one? Chances are you already have one in your car if you have had one purchased within the past ten years … many models offer an enhanced audio option. And ten years ago, I would have said yes to buying one.

But there is a problem with the extra channels on FM: unlike the main station, there is no buffering. This means that if you don’t have a signal of your own, the additional station simply drops. This is not a problem at home, but while driving, the signal can come in and out constantly. Very annoying.

Combine that with improved internet accessibility, apps you can use through modern stereos and your smartphone, plus smart speakers and bluetooth connections at home, and I would say pass. That doesn’t mean avoiding the stations listed above, just listen through your phone app and smart speakers.

My recommendation: Skip the HD and use an app. Of course, if you already own HD radios, use them by all means. I have four. But the apps currently in use are actually better and they also stream AM stations, most of which no longer stream in HD anyway.

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