Vol State Radio Station WVCP-FM Goes HD

Submitted on October 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Hybrid Digital (HD) may be the future of radio and it's transmitting right now on the Volunteer State Community College radio station WVCP-FM 88.5. The college station starting broadcasting in HD just in the last few weeks. "There is a noticeable difference, it's cleaner," said WVCP General Manager Howard Espravnik. "It's a total upgrade of our studio to a digital platform."

The advantages of digital radio are not only the quality of signal, but also the ability to split the signal into multiple programs. Vol State will continue with a music mix of oldies, modern rock and heavy rock on HD 1, just as it has for years on the analog transmission. The new HD 2 channel features classic rock and Vol State student music projects. People will need a special HD receiver to get the digital signal. More and more automakers are including HD as a standard feature. The traditional FM analog broadcast will continue as usual, and listeners will not need a special radio to receive it.

WVCP is a student operated station and the digital technology will provide benefits for learning. "This will give our students the opportunity to use the latest cutting-edge technology. I don't think there are very many community college stations that have HD," said Espravnik.

For more information visit the station web page: www.volstate.edu/wvcp

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