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FCC Bureau Chief “Enjoying the Digital Radio”

Bill Lake tells session says it’s key for auto industry to add digital radios

It’s always interesting to learn about the media and technology habits of those who regulate media. Now we learn that FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake is experiencing HD Radio firsthand.

He told attendees at an FCC panel here at the NAB Show that “as a listener,” he’s “enjoying the digital radio in his new car,” and that he believes “it’s key for the auto industry to add digital radios to their product line.” He didn’t identify the car.

“Anything the radio industry can do to promote [digital radio] is good for the industry,” he said. After an attendee complained he couldn’t find a home receiver in stores, Lake replied that he’d also found a new digital home radio, at Best Buy.

An NAB official confirmed to RW that Lake was referring to HD Radio.