Unprecedented Radio-Industry Alliance Will Advance Rollout of HD Digital Radio

Charter Members Include Bonneville, Citadel, Clear Channel, Cumulus, Emmis,

Entercom, Greater Media and Infinity; Peter Ferrara named CEO

Companies Will Create a Unified Direction for Rollout of HD Digital Radio

Broadcasts, Secure Automotive Design Wins and Lower Receiver Price Points

An Unprecedented Alliance to Drive Unparalleled Sound Quality and Program

Choice for Listeners

Dec 06, 2005, 00:00 ET from HD Digital Radio Alliance

    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven of the top U.S. radio companies
 today announced a strategic alliance to accelerate the rollout of HD Digital
 Radio. The Alliance's charter is threefold:
     * coordinate the rollout of HD digital radio, including coordinating the
       formats on new multicast channels known as HD2;
     * work together to secure automotive design wins and lower receiver price
       points; and
     * jointly market HD digital radio, in partnership with receiver
       manufacturers and retailers.
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     Member companies will also devote more than $200 million in commercial
 inventory on their own stations in 2006 to promote HD digital radio and the
 new HD2 multicast channels.  More than 200 million people listen to radio each
     Called the HD Digital Radio Alliance, the effort is open to all U.S.-based
 radio companies. The group expects to announce its first market-specific HD2
 programming line-up early in the new year, including launch dates, specifics
 on specialized multicast signals, and a nationwide consumer marketing campaign.
     Charter members jointly announcing the Alliance today at a press
 conference here include: Bonneville International, Citadel Broadcasting, Clear
 Channel Radio, Cumulus, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media, and
 Infinity Broadcasting. The Alliance also announced that 30-year radio-industry
 veteran Peter Ferrara was named CEO.
     "The industry today has stepped up in a major and unprecedented way," said
 Ferrara. "These companies should be congratulated on coming together to create
 a joint action plan, and committing air time and money to move HD digital
 radio forward. I'm honored to be asked to help lead this important
     Ferrara has an extensive background in radio-group management, station
 ownership and trade association oversight. Among his previous executive
 positions, Ferrara was a senior vice president of Clear Channel Communications,
 chief operating officer of both U.S. Radio and Granum Communications,
 executive vice president of the National Radio Broadcasters Association, and a
 board member of the National Association of Broadcasters.
     Serving as the Alliance's oversight management committee are Clear Channel
 Communications president and CEO Mark Mays; Greater Media president and CEO
 Peter Smyth; and Infinity chairman and CEO Joel Hollander.
     HD radio eliminates the static, hiss, pop and fades associated with analog
 signals, so for listeners, AM-band broadcasts sound like FM and FM-band
 broadcasts have digital CD-like quality. The wireless data feature enables
 text information on songs to be broadcast directly to receiver display screens.
 HD Radio also enables radio broadcasters to segment a single, existing radio
 frequency so that it can carry multiple, simultaneous, higher-quality AM and
 FM broadcast streams as well as wireless data.
     Member companies have agreed to coordinate the use of all multicast HD2
 channels to create the greatest diversity of formats. The goal: create new,
 unique and compelling content within a high-quality listening experience
 across a broad spectrum of music, news and entertainment programming.
     HD2 channels will be locally programmed in each market. And HD2
 programming will initially be commercial-free. No subscription is required to
 hear HD digital radio broadcasts.
     HD digital radio technology is enjoying strong momentum:
     * Nearly 600 radio stations in the U.S. are already broadcasting their
       primary programming signal in HD digital quality.
     * More than 15 manufacturers are creating digital receivers, including ADA,
       Alpine, Boston Acoustics, Day Sequerra, Delphi, DICE, Eclipse, JVC,
       Kenwood, Panasonic, Polk, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sanyo, Visteon and Yamaha.
     * Receivers are available now from the following in-store and online
       retailers: ABC Warehouse, Audio Adviser, Bjorn's, Boston Acoustics, Car
       Toys, Great Indoors (a unit of Sears Roebuck & Co.), Harvey's, eBay,
       J & R Music, Listen Up, Magnolia Audio Video, One Call, Ovation AV,
       Radiosophy, Tweeter and Ultimate.
     About the HD Digital Radio Alliance
     The HD Digital Radio Alliance is a joint initiative of leading radio
 broadcasters focused on accelerating the successful rollout of HD digital
 radio. Charter members include: Bonneville International, Citadel Broadcasting,
 Clear Channel Radio, Cumulus, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media,
 and Infinity Broadcasting.

SOURCE HD Digital Radio Alliance