Every time I turn on the radio here in Oklahoma City I am confused because there is another station on the air. Being an amateur (HAM) radio operator, I tend to think that we are having a tropospheric episode bringing in distant station but my ears are not fooling me. It appears that our local stations are experimenting with creating HD1, HD2 and HD3 stations that are rebroadcasting their stations on low power stations around the metro area. One of the highest profile stations to do this recently was KRXO 107.7. They have taken their high power classic rock station and turned it into a new sports station called The Franchise. They have taken their classic rock station and moved it over to 107.7 HD2 and simulcasting it over on the analog 104.5 on a much lower signal.
It looks like they now have an HD3 station called Generation Now 96.5 playing hit music. This is another low power station that does cover the metro pretty good considering its lower power. They play the same type of music as KRAV-FM in Tulsa so it was only natural that I would think we had Tulsa booming in this morning. Also I’ve noticed a couple new stations on 92.1 and 92.9. The 92.1 seems to be simulcasting KRMP Heart and Soul on AM 1140. The 92.9 station is simulcasting KEBC, the comedy station on 1560 AM. In each of these cases, the stations are owned by the same company, Tyler Media.
I like the new additions and hope they last. I am really liking the new 96.5 station. I live out in the far eastern part of the metro and still able to receive all of these stations in the cars and in the house. Since I live so far on the East side, I get many of the Tulsa stations as well so the FM band is completely filled. I sure wish car manufacturers would start installing HD radios stock so that people will get use to the extra stations. I also wish that portable and home stereos would come with them stock. I’ve run across people that have no clue what HD radio is. I will scroll across the band and document what is available as I have time.
The FM radio band is a constant, ever changing place so putting up a list of all stations becomes obsolete nearly as soon as you do it. Also you have to deal with low power stations all around the metro giving you a false impression. You may be hearing a powerful station on one side of town and be weak on the other side. Once you get to the other side of town you hear a whole list of other stations that are weak on my side. It is a good thing that I find this sort of thing interesting or I would get frustrated making these lists :).