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April 20, 2004
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WEMU-FM becomes first high-definition public radio station in Michigan

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's WEMU-FM (89.1) has become the first public radio station in Michigan to broadcast in high-definition (HD) radio. HD is a new technology that combines analog signal generation with digital transmission on the same frequency.

"AM (radio) sounds like FM and FM sounds like a CD," said Art Timko, general manager of WEMU, describing the improved station transmission that went into effect April 7. "The sound is crisper, cleaner, and fuller and you can hear the bass and higher frequencies."

In addition to improved sound, listeners with an HD radio receiver in their car will get data streaming information - an artist's name, song title, weather and traffic reports. The standard car radio will deliver only the station's call letters. Also, the technology will accommodate a service where listeners can record a program and listen to it later.

Timko said the station added the new technology because it offers listeners better service and, in the future, the station could provide a secondary radio service on the same frequency. WEMU would maintain its current programming while additional programming, such as classical music, could be added.

WEMU used a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant and other funding sources for equipment changes necessary to transmit this new technology. No listener dollars were used, he said.

For further information, contact WEMU at 734.487.2229.


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