Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sunday Morning Odds & Sods

Left: Okemos, MI; today 9:50am.

Winter has returned to Mid-Michigan.

Jerry Del Colliano has an interesting take on how a XM/Sirius merger could "pass go" and benefit HD radio at the same time. Read it here.

Meanwhile KFAB/Omaha's Tom Becka offers his two cents on satellite radio's effect on terrestrial radio in the Omaha City Weekly here.

Cara Carriveau - mentioned here last Sunday - is interviewed on Rick Kaempfer's Chicago Radio Spotlight today. Great read.

Condolences to family and friends of engineer/processsing guru Jim Somich who passed away in recent days. Writing on various industry forums, Omnia's Frank Foti broke the news. I recall using a Jim Somich "Somich Engineering" composite clipper with a Texar Prism/Optimod 8000A configuration in the mid 80s on an FM I was programming. If you're a tech head with some time, read Foti's retrospective of audio processing here.

Here's a least likely industry to display a little attitude. Check this out. I love it. You think they know their market?

Last but not least - stumbled across this station in Indiana this past week. Doing what many have tried: AC/DC and Hank Jr. They stream. Lots o' fun with their imaging.

I like it! Crock on!


700WLW said...

"In-Stat: Digital Radio Set to Take Off"

"In 2006, 73 percent of respondents to an In-Stat U.S. consumer survey were aware of HD Radio on some level."

"Sirius, XM, and HD: Consumer interest reality check" (Alexaholic)

"While interest in satellite radio is diminishing, interest in HD shows no signs of a pulse."

This just confirms, the lack of interest for HD Radio, on Google Trends:

"Rethinking AM's Future"

"Only 175 or so AM stations have even licensed AM-HD. For a number of reasons, quite a few have tried it and taken it off the air, or so the anecdotal evidence suggests. Ibiquity no longer reports in its public summaries whether a station is on the air."

For now, HD Radio/IBOC is dead.

Dan Kelley said...

My own take on HD/IBOC is that any consumer interest will be from content, not technology.

And much of that content will have to come from a new paradigm.

Anonymous said...

Dan I agree it will be all about content. it will also be about education. My guess is that most of those people that said they had some knowledge of HD radio really didn't. They were confusing it with sat radio or even HD TV.

So far terra radio has done a poor job in promoting people to the HD spectrum.

Give the people the product they want and promote the fact they can get it on HD radio and I'll bet you see sales increase.

As far as HD on the AM dial. Other than a scrolling screen of information and a cleaner sound why would anybody want it especially since it doesn't work after sundown.