Friday, March 12, 2010
Red Sox, Celts on a Boston FM...on HD
While some FM stations carry the Red Sox (in places like Gloucester or Westerly, RI),
there really is not an FM station in the immediate Boston area to do so. Some listeners to WEEI find they have trouble picking up the signal, or it barely comes in at their workplace, if at all. Well, Entercom is apparently trying to remedy that by putting Red Sox--and Celtics--games on FM 93.7
But you need an HD radio to get them.
HD signals are piggybacked on analog FM signals. WBZ-FM 98.5 has WBZ
news and talk. WKLB 102.5 has classic country. WTKK 96.9 has Irish music, and blues
fans can enjoy Radio Mojo on an HD signal at WZLX 100.7 (they also carry "Free
And now Entercom has put WEEI on the HD-3 signal of WMKK 93.7. The HD-1 signal is
regular "Mike", and Funkytown is on HD-2. WEEI's Sports Radio network Facebook page
confirms that WMKK-HD 3 will not only have WEEI's sports talk, but also the Red Sox
and Celtics games. HD radios are getting more affordable these days, including one
portable model that sells for about $40.
The quality of an HD-3 signal isn't quite as rich as that of an HD-1 or HD-2;
indeed, it will be in mono, but that's fine for talk or sports.