Thanks, local oscillator, for telling us just how powerful that translator is. If the “HD” signal were dependable, there’d be absolutely no excuse for any
translator, much less one that’s more powerful than many marginal, less-than-maximum-powered Class A’s.
I had no idea that this was such an egregious example when I sent out an email blast on Tuesday (2/15) saying:
The proliferation of these things, I think, confirms my suspicion that the only reason some commercial broadcasters cling to "HD" when the market penetration of "HD" receivers is minuscule is that the FCC is now allowing them to simulcast the HD-2's on analog translators. It's just a clever way to circumvent per-market ownership caps.
Obviously, syndicators like it, too, since it gets them into markets they otherwise couldn't penetrate, if only in a small way.
In this case, the syndicator is Bill Bungeroth's 24/7 Comedy service
I might have added that NPR and other pubradio program vendors like "HD" for exactly the same reason.
But this ruse is nothing new. See “Neat trick: Cumulus is using an HD-2 channel to feed an FM translator.” Go to http://www.radio-info.com/newsletter/pdf/TRI08272008.pdf
(bottom of page 2 of the PDF).
Yes, that was Tom Taylor's TRI for August 27, 2008!