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8 million people hear about digital radio as industry unites for launch

Friday 07 August, 2009

In an unprecendented show of industry solidarity, more than 40 different radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide have put rivalries aside and broadcast simultaneously to a combined breakfast audience estimated at more than 8.5 million people in a massive outside broadcast to promote digital radio.

Commercial, ABC and SBS stations were side my side in open marquees in the main squares of Australia's top five radio markets, with huge crowds of office workers stopping to sample free coffees and snacks and take a look at their favourite presenters.

iRiver B30 impresses at today's digital radio OB

Thursday 06 August, 2009

Today's digital launch had retailers' support in each city, with many models on display at the digital radio listener posts set up at every OB. Each brand offers different features, with Pure leading in the rewind function, Grundig displaying an impressive iPod dock style digital radio, and Roberts now offering a good quality top of the range model. But the best offering on display today was the latest iRiver, which has just been introduced into the country and is being sold at JB HiFi stores.

World watching DAB+ progress in Australia

Thursday 30 July, 2009

The world is watching what is happening in Australia as digital radio launches. With all capital cities now switched on, and the industry working together to encourage early take-up, Commercial Radio Australia has found itself busy hosting visitors who want to track the progress of DAB+ in this country. A Korean radio industry delegation is in town this week, and an Indonesian group of broadcasters is expected to arrive soon. Other international broadcasters are anticipated to attend this year’s Commercial Radio Conference in October to hear about developments.

Digital Radio installation companies win SMPTE Innovation awards

Friday 24 July, 2009

TX Australia and Kordia won Innovation Awards at this year's SMPTE Conference Gala evening. The 2009 C+T Awards for Innovation are designed to recognise innovation in productions, projects and products in the media industries throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Work done for Australia's digital radio roll out was what won TXA and Kordia their prizes.

In the Radio Project/Facility Rollout section of the awards, 2SER was commended while TXA and Kordia won the award.

Kordia - Digital Radio Rollout

Digital Radio simultaneous OB launch August 6: More Details

Friday 17 July, 2009

The radio industry has confirmed details for Australia’s biggest radio OB, which will be held to launch digital radio. In a world first, Australian commercial radio broadcasters and the public service broadcasters are putting competition aside on 6th August 2009 when more than 40 different radio stations will hold simultaneous outside broadcasts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to promote digital radio.

Digital Radio on air in Sydney

Thursday 18 June, 2009

Commercial radio stations in Sydney have finally switched on digital radio after some unexpected delays slowed down the launch of the final Australian capital city to go digital. The newly installed channel 9B service on the main transmission tower was experiencing some technical problems with drop outs in the first few days of transmission, which now appear to be fixed.

First Adelaide digital radio broadcast

Tuesday 19 June, 2007

Adelaide experienced its first digital radio broadcast last friday as part of the AFTRS Digital Radio Roadshow.

Using a test licence granted by ACMA, the AFTRS Roadshow broadcast 12 hours worth of test programming so that participants could see the visual potential of digital radio. Logos, song names, album covers, traffic reports and other information was broadcast, as well as an audio stream on each channel. The content was captured from digital rado broadcasts in other cities and saved for rebroadcast durng the seminar.

AFTRS Seminar for those puzzled by digital radio

Thursday 08 March, 2007

Radio industry staff have been puzzled with a promotional gimmick from AFTRS which landed on every desk at most major capital city radio stations this week. The addictive puzzle is designed to remind radio staffers about the impending switch on of digital radio and to promote seminars about the new technology.

The AFTRS Digital Radio Roadshow will travel around Australia to provide informative and inspirational speakers about how digital radio will and what radio industry staff can do to be part of it.


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