Look for testing of all-digital AM HD Radio technology on a station in a medium market soon, likely in four to six weeks.
That’s according to several sources on the NAB Radio Technology Committee.
Members are still working on a test plan. In general, the idea is to verify and quantify that the AM signal coverage and robustness are improved, or not, with an all-digital signal.
The testing is one of several possible solutions being discussed within the committee to help AM stations.
Now that one station is onboard, the group hopes members radio groups will offer other facilities for testing, sources said during several interviews with members after a meeting here in Dallas.
IBiquity would provide equipment or whatever support is needed for testing, according to company president/CEO Bob Struble.
Still to be determined is who would pay for the testing and who would perform the trials on the unidentified facility.