The HD2 channel of Howard University’s WHUR(FM) in Washington will receive NAB’s HD Radio Multicast Award. It is the first repeat winner of this award.
Stations are recognized for their ability to create innovative programming on a multicast channel.
“96.3-HD2 WHUR-World” also won in 2008. Its informational programming draws on several cultural platforms to engage diverse listeners in Washington, NAB said; music includes jazz, rhythm & blues, hip hop, blues, and African-American folk. On Saturdays, “The Sighlent Storm” discusses domestic violence. WHUR-World recently produced several four-hour documentaries including “Black Draft: Rise of the Black Athlete,” “Un-Leashing the Chains: Black Men in Prison,” “Freedom Riders: 50-Years Beyond SNCC” and “Legacy of A Legend: Michael Jackson’s Story.”
Previous winners include KBCO(FM) Denver’s “The Studio C Channel”; WRIF(FM) Detroit’s “Riff2”; WAMU(FM) in Washington for its bluegrass country station 88.5-HD2; and WSTW(FM) in Wilmington, Del., for Graffiti Radio on 93.7-HD2.
To be eligible for the award, stations submitted information about programming, on-air personalities, social media marketing, branding elements, promotions and websites to illustrate the qualities that make a multicast channel separate from their main station.
The award will be presented during the Radio Show as part of the super session “The Road Ahead: Entertainment and Information in the Car” on Thursday, Sept. 15.