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Best of Show: Nautel Digital Radio Test Drive

A program to encourage uptake of HD Radio

We are featuring the products that won the Radio World Best of Show Award at the 2024 NAB Show. Winners were chosen by a panel of engineers and RW editorial staff for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. information about how the program works can be found in an FAQ here.


Hoping to lower barriers to trying HD Radio, Nautel allows broadcasters to trial HD Radio transmission for up to six months without needing to install and purchase $40,000 to $50,000 of HD gear.

The initiative takes advantage of Nautel’s software-based air chain. The company can provide Omnia for Nautel audio processing, importer, exporter and Exgine as a software load. The customer would lease or purchase a GV2 or upgrade a GV transmitter to a GV2, and they’d need an Xperi license and content for up to four channels delivered via Livewire or AES67. 

Nautel says the program lets stations test revenue-generating opportunities, experiment with formats or try pop-up stations, and assess the impact of album art and graphics on listener engagement.

Front, from left: John Whyte, Jeff Wilson, Harish Prabhakara, Blair Donovan, Hermann Zensen. Back: Philipp Schmid, Jeff Welton, John Wilton, Ed Sylvester, Kyle Dibbin, Carlos A. Avila Pereira, Gary Manteuffel, Wendell Lonergan, Kevin Rodgers.

Photo credit: Jim Peck

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