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Old 07-26-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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For the 10 people in Miami who have HD radio
I'm sure its being run on the extreme cheap so I'd go with Satellite radio for better programming nonetheless its intresting....




Miami's WPOW Launches HD Dance Station
July 26, 2005
By Ken Tucker, Billboard Radio Monitor

WPOW-FM, Beasley Broadcast Group’s Rhythmic Top 40 station in Miami is the latest station—and the first in Miami—to utilize HD Radio multicast technology to add a second station to its programming offerings.

HD-2 is Power’s new sister dance music station and will feature music from Tiesto, Juliet, Deep Dish, Chemical Brothers and 4 Strings, among others. The channel will also include dance remixes of top 40 records.

“There has always been insatiable demand in Miami for pure dance music,” said Ira Wolf, (a.k.a. Tony the Tiger), interim program director for WPOW, in a release.

“Power 96 has always been on the cutting edge musically, and now we are broadcasting the first multicast HD Radio station airing in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, propelling us to the vanguard of this exciting new era in radio,” added Greg Reed, vp and general manager for WPOW.

The commercial-free, subscription-free, all music channel is being programmed by Power and Italian company Radio 105 Network.

In May, Infinity Broadcasting became the first commercial broadcaster to launch an HD multicast station on WUSN-FM, its Country station in Chicago, followed by its sister station WJMK-FM in the market. The other broadcaster to jump on board the multicast trend is Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL-FM in Raleigh, N.C.
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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I really miss the old Power 96 format, when it was a dance sation. That station was the s..t
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:52 AM   #3
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It dosn't sound like anything you can't already hear on Sirius already.
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Old 08-05-2005, 08:35 PM   #4
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I really miss the old Power 96 format, when it was a dance sation. That station was the s..t
Yep those were the good ole days for sure... 80/90s Freestyle with DJ Laz working the wheels of steel all night. Now 96 is nothing but Hip-Hop with some Latin thrown in.

It looks WPOW #2 is going to be picking up where Party 93.1 FM "South FL Pure Dance Channel" left off. Man we had it good the last few years when Party 93.1 was broadcasting. When it died I got Sirius since I missed those dance tracks so much. However The Beat 66 is just a step off, having the "voice" from 93.1 helps, but The Beat's playlist seems too Top40 remix vs real Dance/Electronic like 93.1 was.

That article mentions Commerical Free / Subscription Free how is this possible? HD Radio is just a digital radio signal over free air waves, thus they are going to have to play commericals to cover thier costs - nothing is "free" anymore.

I wonder if HD radio will catch on, I think not since it's just same old idea but in digital clarity. Now that have the "go anywhere" ability of satellite radio I don't think I could go back to signal that fades once I'm 40 miles away.
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:46 PM   #5
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I remember the old Power 96 too. I've never lived in Florida, but used to visit a friend that lived in West Palm Beach and I was able to pick up Power 96 there.

I loved it and made several tapes of the station to bring back home to Boston because there wasn't anything like it in Boston.

Recently I listened online to Power 96 and besides the awful quality of the stream, I noticed that it was primarily hip-hop. Too bad, because they used to have a nice mix.

WPOW-2 is free for now. This is most likely to continue until more people adopt HD radio. Once that happens and they begin to show in the arbitron ratings you can bet that commercials will be added. It'll be a while though considering the hefty $400 price tag for an HD receiver.
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well...atleast Party 93.1 is still ONLINE...but their stream bitrate sucks...rather listen to Energy98 St. Louis if I'm not listening to Sirius 66 The Beat.
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WPOW-2 is free for now. This is most likely to continue until more people adopt HD radio. Once that happens and they begin to show in the arbitron ratings you can bet that commercials will be added. It'll be a while though considering the hefty $400 price tag for an HD receiver.

I can't even imagine when there will be substantial listeners to get arbitron ratings. Way way way off in the future, if it even does take off.
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