There's currently dead air on 105.1 HD2. With the recent snowstorm that might not be too surprising on its own, but the koolslc.com website is now redirecting to Bob's site.
I had noticed that they dropped the afternoon show that had been running for a while. I guess that didn't work, but did anyone even know it was on? The only advertising I heard for the station was cross-promotion on The Eagle during the holidays. Was there anywhere else Broadway was promoting Kool?
Since almost nobody was listening I suppose it won't be missed by many, but I will miss it.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Feb 12, 2024 8:43:43 GMT -7
Yeah, I would say they are definitely killing off Kool. There was dead air on their audio stream for a day or two but now it's just turned off. When you ask for the 105.5 Kool FM skill on Alexa, she tells you that skill is no longer available. As of about an hour ago, there is still dead air on KUDD HD2. I'm wondering if, eventually, they'll just move the KUUU simulcast from HD3 to HD2 and turn off HD2. Or, perhaps, they have other programming in mind for the HD2. Or maybe they're just waiting for KUUU's voice over person to re0cut the TOH ID. I'm super disappointed too. It's just my opinion but it seems like every time we get a really good format in SLC it doesn't last. i.e. KLO AM after it switched to standards a few years ago, Easy 99.1, and now Kool. It would be great if Classy KMGR could figure out a way to get their signal into Salt Lake. Thank goodness for internet radio. RIP Kool FM.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Feb 13, 2024 8:21:54 GMT -7
It's just my opinion, but it seems silly to just continue to run dead air on HD2. It seems like it would make more sense to move the Beat to HD2 and just turn off HD3, if there's only going to be one subchannel of programming. Also, couldn't they give the Beat's signal there a higher bit rate or band width or whatever it is if they only have one subchannel instead of two?
Both good points. The problem I see is possibly losing the audience that's looking for The Beat on 105.1 HD3. IMO if there isn't going to be anything on the HD2 for the foreseeable future, the best choice would be to remove the HD2 completely if that's possible. I know that works for digital television but I don't know about HD Radio. Maybe someone with better knowledge about how the signal is put together could help. If the HD2 can't be completely removed, it should be possible to reduce the bitrate to bare minimum and redistribute those bits to the HD1 and HD3 without moving anything else.