Contact Talk Radio Celebrates Over a Year of HD Radio Broadcasting

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HD Radio in Seattle. Contact Talk Radio broadcasting in High Definition Radio for over a year."CTR brings balance of consciousness to our society by projecting the ideas important to personal growth and integrity. Today's technology makes it easier reach the masses," said Cameron Steele.

Contact Talk Radio (CTR) recently celebrated its first year of broadcasting on local HD Radio. As one of the first full-time local HD Radio broadcasters, CTR is heard throughout Puget Sound on 106.9FM HD Channel 3. Listeners to CTR are treated to a variety of talk shows throughout the week. Programs are aimed at promoting a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

"We are excited to be a part of providing deeply meaningful, self-empowering information in this way," said Davindia Steele, who along with Cameron Steele co-founded CTR.

The husband and wife team began CTR in late 2001 on a local terrestrial AM signal. At the time, CTR consisted of just five hours of programming per week. The Steeles eventually realized that their singular radio show could be expanded to an entire format by leasing their own HD Radio channel. Today, the Bellevue-based CTR boasts over 50 hosts broadcasting 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Unlike terrestrial radio, HD Radio listeners must first purchase a specially equipped radio in order to hear local digital signals. However, once purchased, an HD Radio receiver is able to pick up many more stations in a given market and in much better clarity when compared to a standard AM/FM radio. HD Radio receivers range in price from about $75 for home models to $100 and up for in-dash car models,

In addition to broadcasting on 106.9FM HD Channel 3, CTR and its bevy of hosts are heard via an Internet audio stream, on UpSnap Mobile Radio, and through iTunes with archived pod-casts.

"CTR brings balance of consciousness to our society by projecting the ideas important to personal growth and integrity. Today's technology makes it easier reach the masses," said Cameron Steele.

HD Radio, a trademarked name of iBiquity's in-band, on-channel technology, was selected by the Federal Communications Commission in 2002 as the digital audio broadcasting method for the United States (US). There is no connection between high definition television and hybrid digital radio, except that both are digital formats. As of March 2009 there are over 1,800 stations, covering nearly 85% of the US broadcasting with this technology.

HD Radio receivers continue to come down in price as the number of retail outlets and manufactures continues to climb. Manufactures include such brands as Alpine Electronics, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Sony, Pioneer and others. Consumers can find HD Radio receivers at national retailers including Costco, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, Fry's Electronics and others. As for auto manufacturers, so far Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Scion, and Volvo offer HD Radio receivers in at least some of their models.

Additional information:
ibuiquity.com, hdradio.com, rab.com, and/or psrba.org

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