Just when I thought digital radio was dead, I found 93.7, KKUT is now broadcasting 4 digital channels, more than any other northern Utah station. Current programming on this Sunday afternoon: KKUT HD1 “Sounds of Sunday” The Wolf HD2 “Sounds of Sunday” KLGL HD3 “Sounds of Sunday” Classic KMGR HD4 “The Goat, 1580 & 99.9” When I rotate the antenna on my Sangean HDR-16 properly, I get absolutely crystal clear signals from all 4 programs, here in east Murray. The stereo separation on “HD” channels is very obviously superior to stereo on analog FM. I can also pick up these stations on my little Sangean HDR-14. Now I’m curious to hear what they program on weekdays.
Post by christopherjohn on Jul 12, 2020 18:03:41 GMT -7
You only have so much bandwidth to share between them. Usually the practice is to allocate most of your bandwidth to HD1. I actually run my HD1 & HD2 around the same quality. I’m also running mine in extended hybrid mode to squeeze a little more quality out of it. You also have to add in metadata & artist experience (pictures) into that bandwidth equation. Good processing helps quite a bit as well.
There are so many things that flood my mind after reading this thread, but after a long weekend i am not feeling the focus/energy to write them all at the moment. But to be brief for now, christopherjohn, KSOP HD1&2 sound really good. Taking everything into consideration, pretty impressive imo.
Terry, KLGL and KMGR run AC and SoftAC respectively IIRC. That's awesome KKUT is running in HD now. Excited about the radio happenings going on in the south part of the valley.
KKUT's HD4 would be the primary for 96.7 so I'm not sure how much the quality of that stream matters. It just needs to be there. Common practice around the country seems to be putting music on HD1 & HD2 and anything above that (typically only up to HD3) is talk which requires less bandwidth.
Current programming on this Sunday afternoon: KKUT HD1 “Sounds of Sunday” The Wolf HD2 “Sounds of Sunday” KLGL HD3 “Sounds of Sunday” Classic KMGR HD4 “The Goat, 1580 & 99.9” Now I’m curious to hear what they program on weekdays.
So what are you hearing on non-Sundays?
Last Edit: Jul 15, 2020 18:27:45 GMT -7 by amanuensis
KKUT HD1 - country music. I’m not a fan of current country. (I do like country oldies.) HD2 - KLGL Adult Contemporary, some familiar, too many unfamiliar. I couldn’t listen for long. I prefer 97.9. HD3 - KMGR - mellow older stuff. There’s nothing like it in SLC. I really like this one. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett type stuff. HD4 - KWLO mostly 60’s music. I spend time listening to this one too.
The HD3 channel is mostly older and definitely mellower than KLO. Hearing Nat “King” Cole right now!
KLO's playlist does include Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, as well as occasional hit instrumentals from the 1950's & 1960's. However, most of the ABM playlist consists of soft adult contemporary hits from the 1970's & 1980's.
We know that KKUT HD4 is the primary for 96.7 K244DH. I have to wonder if the other subchannels are going to be used as primaries for other translators. I can get 92.9 K225AP from up in Davis County for example. I can't check just now but is K225AP still running the main programming?