HD Radio FAQs
HD Radio technology makes digital broadcasts from an HD radio station sound as good as a CD recording. You’ll no longer hear the static, hisses and pops you’re used to hearing on your old analog broadcasts, just crystal clear sound. HD Radio also enables you to receive services like displayed song and artist information, weather and traffic alerts and more.
Q: How is an HD Radio different from a regular FM radio?
A: The digital signal is less vulnerable to reception problems, as well as the pops, hisses and static associated with analog reception. You hear only clean, rich sound.
Q: What is WCVE Public Radio HD1 and HD2?
A: First, WCVE Public Radio HD1 is the same programming you have come to enjoy over the years, only in a high-quality digital form. Second, you can now also receive WCVE Public Radio News/Talk HD2, with programs such as “BBC World Service,” “The Diane Rehm Show,” “Bob Edwards Weekend” and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” You will need a HD Radio to receive these channels, or you can listen online: WCVE Public Radio Music & NPR (HD1) | WCVE Public Radio News/Talk (HD2)
Q: Will I need a new radio to get WCVE Public Radio?
A: You can continue listening to WCVE on your existing radio. However, to get the crystal clear digital broadcasts, you will need to use an HD radio – or you can listen online: WCVE Public Radio Music & NPR (HD1) | WCVE Public Radio News/Talk (HD2)
Q: Can everyone in WCVE Public Radio’s listening area hear the two radio channels?
A: Unfortunately, no. In order to maximize the sound quality for both analog and digital listeners, the HD Radio signals are broadcast at a limited power level. The further away the HD Radio is from one of our towers, the more likely the HD Radio may drop out. Adjusting your antennae to its most-optimal position will increase your ability to connect with a strong signal. If you cannot hear the broadcasts from your HD radio, you can listen online: WCVE Public Radio Music & NPR (HD1) | WCVE Public Radio News/Talk (HD2)
Q: Do I have to pay more to hear more choices?
A: Absolutely not…HD Radio technology is not a subscriptions service, like satellite radio. It is the same free, over-the-air broadcasting that you’ve always known, only better.
WCVE Public Radio in HD Provides:
- FM broadcasts from 2 stations with CD-quality sound
- Crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion
- New programs not offered on our analog signal
- More talk and information that you’re plugged into
- Free Reception, with no subscription costs