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WDMK, WRAL Tout Digital Signals

WDMK, WRAL Tout Digital Signals

Last fall, we told you Radio One had placed the first HD Radio/IBOC hardware orders with Harris. Among the stations involved was WDMK(FM) in Detroit.
That station now says it’s the first FM station to commercially broadcast HD Radio technology.
“Like KDKA’s first commercial broadcast in the early 1920s, Radio One’s WDMK(FM) takes its place in history as the first commercial station to broadcast digital using HD Radio technology,” said Alfred Liggins III, president and CEO of Radio One.
Separately, Capital Broadcasting’s WRAL(FM) in Raleigh, N.C., said it began broadcasting in HD Radio on Dec. 20. It said it was the first commercial radio station on the East Coast to be licensed to broadcast HD Radio.
The company uses a Harris Z-HD-6 solid-state digital DAB transmitter and Dexstar AM/FM IBOC exciter.
“As the first commercial company in the nation to be licensed to broadcast high-definition television and the first to provide a digital newscast, WRAL(TV), Capitol Broadcasting, has always had a very strong commitment to digital broadcasting,” said Ardie Gregory, the VP and GM.