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September 26, 2011

WYPR-FM to launch all-classic HD channel Oct. 3; programming includes Peabody recitals

WYPR, 88.1 FM, will launch an all-classical, HD channel on Oct. 3.

One Baltimore-centric element of the programming involves what is being called an "unprecedented partnership" with the Peabody Institute. At noon on weekdays, Peabody director Jeff Sharkey will ...

host “Peabody Intermezzo,” an hour-long program containing student recitals recorded live at the conservatory. Additional Peabody performances, involving faculty as well, are expected to be added to the programming in the future

WYPR, an NPR affiliate, has a predominantly news format, with jazz in the off-hours. Classical music has occasionally had a presence over the years, primarily through periodic shows devoted to the Baltimore Symphony and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

The new HD channel means that the Baltimore market will now have two classical radio stations (WBJC has long had that format).

HD radio is a relatively recent development. Consumers who do not yet have an HD radio in their homes or vehicles will be able to hear the new station via online streaming.

Posted by Tim Smith at 4:15 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Clef Notes, Peabody Institute


HD Radio is a farce!

This is encouraging news for those of us who enjoy so-called classical music. However, please do not refer to this transmission as “high definition” radio. The HD doesn’t really stand for that (it’s just a trademark owned by iBiquity) nor can the low data rates assigned to these subsidiary channels be classified as “high definition” for anyone who appreciates truly high-quality sound. This is NOT analogous to HDTV.

The folks at iBiquity have done an incredible job in squeezing the most quality out of a very tiny number of bits, but let’s not fall into the “High Definition” trap.

Depending on the data rates used for the companion online streaming, that audio source may actually be much, much better than “HD” sub-channel sound.

Do you happen to know what time they are s officially starting the new Classical broadcast on WYPR HD-2? I could not find any info on the WYPR site.

I am not sure why the station seems to be hiding the info. Maybe they're trying the soft launch approach. I found the station stream-able this morning at: TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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