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HD (Hybrid Digital) Radio

If you can get Vermont Public on your regular radio, you can hear Vermont Public Classical and the BBC World Service as well by using an HD (Hybrid Digital) radio. 

What is HD Radio?
Hybrid Digital radio - HD Radio™ - is a technology that enables Vermont Public to broadcast programs a high-quality digital signal alongside our existing analog broadcasts.

What are the benefits of HD Radio?

  • More program choices on a single station: HD Radio allows Vermont Public to “multicast” by dividing the digital signal and broadcasting two or more programs simultaneously. For instance, if you tune to the 107.9 Burlington station on an HD Radio, you’ll be able to hear Vermont Public at 107.9-HD1, Vermont Public Classical on 107.9-HD2, and the BBC World Service on 107.9-HD3. All of Vermont Public’s full-power transmitters broadcast in HD.
  • FM radio with near CD-quality sound: Digital technology allows Vermont Public to transmit more information in the same radio wave, which means higher quality sound. So much more, in fact, that FM transmissions can sound nearly as good as CDs, and much better than traditional analog FM.
  • No more static, pops, crackles or fades: A digital signal is less vulnerable to reception problems. The radio tuner's digital processors eliminate the static, pops, hisses, and fades caused by interference. All you hear is clear, clean, rich sound. If you lose the digital signal for some reason, the technology defaults back to analog mode.

How do I get HD Radio?
You’ll need to purchase an HD Radio receiver in order to hear this service. You can find options for your home, car, pocket at many audio and electronic stores. You can also find buying options at hdradio.com.

I just want to hear Vermont Public Classical - do I need an HD radio?
Vermont Public Classical, our 24-hour classical music service, is on several analog (traditional) FM stations across Vermont. Click here for a list of those frequencies. If there isn’t an analog station near you but you can get a Vermont Public station, you’ll be able to get Vermont Public Classical with an HD radio.

Will Vermont Public eventually stop broadcasting in analog and go to HD only, like TV?
All of Vermont Public's stations will continue to broadcast as we do now, in analog, on the same dial positions. That won't change. Our HD Radio services are in addition to our analog signals, which are not affected by HD radio.

If you have more questions about HD Radio, please feel free to contact us anytime!