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SOWNY » Are You A Comwave Customer? Like It Or Not, You're Now With Rogers » November 23, 2023 12:15 am

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SkyChoice is another provider that still remains independent.  They are currently offering three months free not just for Comwave customers but from any other previously independent provider who recently got acquired by one of the big guys.

More info including eligible providers are listed at: https://www.skychoice.ca/section/58
 

SOWNY » Monday Dawns But Still No Sign(-On) Of CFAJ 1220 » September 25, 2023 7:51 pm

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Jody Thornton wrote:

So?  Did anything happen?

Yes, they FINALLY had their launch today!  Tuned in at around 9am this morning and heard the morning show live with Stef & Danny Zzzz along with Chuck Lafleur.  Sounded great.

SOWNY » Mike Bendixen Back In T.O. Radio & You'll Never Believe Where » September 8, 2023 6:46 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

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RadioAaron wrote:

He'll have more to work with when they bump it up to 95.3

If you are suggesting that 95.3 is being flipped to simulcast 640 then this would be a BIG mistake causing a severe impact on 900 CHML which ranks at the #3 position in Hamilton's 2022 ratings with a 4.3 share.  Most importantly, Corus would certainly get in trouble with the CRTC as doing this would be a backdoor entry by abandoning their market of license from Toronto to Hamilton.  This was not the case with their Q107 flip in Calgary as both CFGQ-FM and CHQR are in the same market.

CHML has a one-share in 25-54. Shut it down and integrate some Hamilton content into a merged 95.3. 

As for not being the city of license, Rogers is getting away with that just fine in Ottawa. Also, the CRTC is completely irrelevant for at least two years.

Not sure about 2023 but in 2022, CHML had a 2.7 share for W25-54, 1.2 for M25.54 and 4.3 for A12+
On the other hand, CING had a 4.4 share for W25-54, 1.9 for M25-54 and 1.8 for A12+

Big difference with Ottawa is that unlike Hamilton, Smith Falls is not considered as a distinct radio market by Numeris while both Toronto and Hamilton are separate distinct markets.  CJET (CityNews 101.1) is simply listed as a spill station in the Ottawa-Gatineau market and even then, their ratings in Ottawa are almost non-existent at only 0.4 share while CIWW (CityNews 1310) has more than triple that amount at 1.3 share.  We can clearly see that there's no tangible benefit simulcasting CityNews on 101.1FM.

SOWNY » Mike Bendixen Back In T.O. Radio & You'll Never Believe Where » September 8, 2023 4:31 am

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RadioAaron wrote:

He'll have more to work with when they bump it up to 95.3

If you are suggesting that 95.3 is being flipped to simulcast 640 then this would be a BIG mistake causing a severe impact on 900 CHML which ranks at the #3 position in Hamilton's 2022 ratings with a 4.3 share.  Most importantly, Corus would certainly get in trouble with the CRTC as doing this would be a backdoor entry by abandoning their market of license from Toronto to Hamilton.  This was not the case with their Q107 flip in Calgary as both CFGQ-FM and CHQR are in the same market.

Due to its signal, 95.3 is the only Hamilton station which ranks in the Toronto ratings but for some reason, Corus is not taking advantage of this.  Rather than fighting a losing battle competing against CHUM, Virgin and KiSS, they need to go against weaker signal stations Flow 98.7 and Z103.5 (which now has a 7.1 share) by changing their format from Hot AC to Rhythmic CHR and come back to their true Energy 108 roots with a mix of Dance/Pop and Hip hop/R&B.

Ever since 93.5 flipped away from Urban CHR, there has been a void for Hip hop/R&B music in the Toronto market.  98.7 did somewhat adapt to this change but does suffer from an impaired signal in the east GTA with interference from CBC Peterborough also on 98.7 where 95.3 still has an excellent signal.

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 21, 2023 1:45 pm

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This was recently posted on their Facebook page and signed J.P., so obviously Jon Pole:

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 18, 2023 11:03 am

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This was the last letter from Ben Reid before the flip posted yesterday at 6:29am:


Judging from the response on social media, there's LOTS of people who truly loved 102.7 The Pole and are dissapointed that it turned into The Lake as you can see from these comments on their Facebook page:



From what we are seeing so far, they should seriously consider keeping the Pole, at least during evenings and possibly weekends as well.

I would also come up with a catchier and less common name for the station than "the Lake", pehaps call it "the Mast".

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 8, 2023 12:31 pm

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radiokid wrote:

I'm not sure how the online stream is being picked up and encoded, but it sounds like it's a tuner picking the OTA feed, vs a direct connection to the audio chain.   For sure not as clean/clear as it could be... (static/slight interference at times).    I would assume this is one of the improvements to come?

Yes I can confirm this, there is occasional FM fading on the online stream, most likely available Internet connectivity options at the transmitter site are insufficient or too costly to directly steam from there.  The tuner must be located where their website is being hosted and is only using an indoor antenna so any movement inside or nearby the building can cause the signal to fade.

The easiest way to resolve this issue is by installing a better quality outdoor FM antenna.

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Some Internet Wholesale Rates Reduced 10% Immediately » March 8, 2023 12:19 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

When I asked if that "immediate" 10% reduction applied to them, they said they didn't know yet but would be informing customers when a determination is made. 

I realize the info is new so they're still processing it, but it all depends on what that "some" word means. The last time the CRTC issued an edict on reducing Internet rates, TekSavvy (and some of its then competitors) immediately announced major rate reductions for their subscribers. 

The rate reduction does apply for wholesale access costs of all independent Internet providers such as SkyChoice and TekSavvy that offer some services in certain areas that they can't provide natively using big telecom's "last mile" facilities.  However, one must keep in mind that indie ISP's have been eating the costs of offering these services for quite some time, so we should not expect the full 10% reduction to be passed on to us consumers. 

10% is not that much at the end of the day and I suspect that most of these providers will need most of this amount just to secure themselves financially and prevent being forced to sell out like the 8 independent providers who already got acquired over the past 12 months by Bell, Videotron and TELUS.

Another important thing to consider is that any CRTC decision including this one can be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court so no provider will lower rates until all appeal options have been exhausted.  Based on past experience, it is almost certain that today's decision will be appealed at least once which will result in a delay until heard.  Any provider would be foolish to prematurely reduce their rates before all appeal options are exhausted and potentially lose millions like TekSavvy did when the CRTC made their previous decision to lower rates which never got implemented due to appeals and got overturned back in 2019.

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 6, 2023 3:34 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Wouldn't it be hilarious if they discovered "The Pole" was actually a big hit and people were tuning it in in droves? I read a few online posts from ordinary listeners who say they love the music mix and wish it would continue.

Think of the irony if they accidentally discovered a hot new format while trying to find another one! 

You actually might be right, lots of positive response so far, a 5-star review rating on their Facebook page and lots of people from places across North America such as Las Vegas listening online on their website.

Radio with personality and a sense of humor is LONG overdue, and 102.7 The Pole is a winner!  Keeping a non-cookie cutter format like this one will certainly bring back many listeners who actually abandoned terrestrial radio for online or mobile music sources such as Spotify.

This would be the PERFECT station for Ed The Sock, who is in fact currently looking for morning show radio work (i.e. https://www.milkmanunlimited.com/edthesock ).  They should definitively bring him on and complete the threesome as "Ed the Sock, Desstiny and Chestiny in the morning".  Ratings would be HUGE, guaranteed!

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 4, 2023 11:35 pm

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Danny Petty wrote:

Adding (as opposed to removing) another layer here... This is what currently greets Pole patrons on the station website. Not sure who/what they're specifically referring to, but obviously someone with skin in the game?

If you read carefully, they are obviously referring to Rogers who used to own the station previously.  I suspect that many people are unaware the station was sold and still believe it is owned by Rogers and as a result, they may be getting a bit of flack in response to the new format.
 

SOWNY » A Few Questions About Car Radios » March 3, 2023 5:52 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

....and even then, the audio is at least 5-10 seconds behind its AM counterpart. It's not a big deal, but is that the way it's supposed to work? Why is there such a long delay between one band and another?

The delay is not band related but rather the processing time involved in encoding and decoding the digital audio.  Same thing happened with digital OTA or cable TV, but now that analog TV is pretty much nonexistent, people don't really notice anymore.

In fact, as the HD1 main signal is overlayed on top of its analog counterpart, it is also artificially delayed by the exact same 8 secs to ensure a seamless transition when driving outside the HD signal's range and the radio automatically falls back to analog in a near seamless way.  Even when non-HD radios tunes in a station that has an HD radio transmitter, the analog audio will still be 8 seconds behind.  In most cases, this is not an issue, except for a station that broadcasts live sports where people get notified of a goal a few seconds before they hear it on the live broadcast.  This is why AM or FM analog radio is a better fit for sports, as it does not suffer from this additional broadcast delay.

FYI, HD radio is not exclusively on FM, there are a few HD radio stations on AM such as 530 CHLO.  Granted the audio quality is not the same as HD radio on FM but it does provide a significant improvement.

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 2, 2023 12:52 pm

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Station is back, just played "Girls Girls Girls" by Mötley Crüe.  Perhaps Mr. Fybush is busy with one of them. 

SOWNY » KISS radio Kingston is stunting » March 2, 2023 12:27 pm

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Sounds like their transmitter just died a few moments ago.  Hearing first-adjacent interference from another station, even on the online stream.

Perhaps their "exciter" pushed "a load" that was "too hot" for the "transmitter" to handle.
 

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » January 26, 2023 4:59 am

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radiokid wrote:

Energy 953 screams to me as this was a cost containment approach, as ratings wise Energy has not been what they had hoped for in the Toronto Market.  Their adult leaning chr/hot ac is really covered and way too may in the market especially for a rim shot.     I do wonder what the future brings.

The problem with Energy 95.3 is that they tried to go "head to head" with Virgin 99.9 and to a lesser extent, Kiss 92.5 and CHUM 104.5 when they first rebranded from Fresh radio and got Tucker & Maura for their morning show. 

Big mistake trying to compete with those stations coming from out of market, as vertically integrated Bell and Rogers have a much larger marketing budget to promote their stations than what Corus could ever dream of.

They would be much better off having a more focused format by returning to their Energy 95.3 & 108 roots as a true Rhythmic CHR station and compete against Z103.5 and Flow 98.7 instead.  Energy 95.3's strength is in its signal, which has much better coverage than Z103.5 or Flow 98.7.  I would propose a 50% Dance/EDM and 50% Hip Hop/R&B format, along with an extensive marketing awareness campaign.  This should work out well, especially following 93.5's recent format change.
 

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » January 19, 2023 7:43 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

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I guess the big question now is what happens with mornings at Energy 95.3

No way... Scott & Kat?!?  That is some big switcheroo!  Will they do both Energy and the Beat at the same time, or is something else changing in Kitchener as well?  This brings them back in the GTA radio market at the worst possible time for Z103.5 with Rick the Temp's recent departure.

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » January 19, 2023 7:17 pm

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Wow, did not know that 102.1 The Edge was also involved which makes this a big switcheroo.  I guess they had to maintain John and Ryan at Q to avoid alienating listeners too much but also had to add Shawna as the new female co-host to replace John Derringer. 

102.1 The Edge has been struggling in the ratings for a few years now so it makes sense that they would move Tucker and Maura's morning show over there to try and prop them up, but I'm unsure how well they will perform with a non-CHR format.

I guess the big question now is what happens with mornings at Energy 95.3 (and also PM drive at 103.1 Fresh Radio London)

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » January 19, 2023 3:45 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

Tucker and Maura will still be working together.

So 4 people for the new Q107 morning show?  Tucker, Maura, John and Ryan?  That's a pretty tall headcount even for a morning show in this day and age.

Or perhaps, Q107 will syndicate Tucker & Maura for mornings and their Energy 95.3 show would be moved to afternoon drive, same as what they are doing with Fresh 103.1 in London.

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » January 19, 2023 1:23 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

This is a clue, but not the answer:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnkmvSJI-va/

Hmmm, it all makes sense now...  Maura will be joining Q107 for Maura, John and Ryan in the morning.  I wonder who will replace her as Tucker's co-host?

SOWNY » The American Morning Drive Radio Show That Airs In Toronto » January 19, 2023 1:13 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

I live in the northern most part of North York. I can barely get them on my Sangean radio (which has great DX on both AM & FM) even with the antenna fully extended. In fact, Zoomer's 96.7, which is supposed to be for "downtown Toronto" where I'm not, comes in very well in comparison. 

You may remember in 2018 the bizarre plan to shift Z103.5 to 103.7 and let ProudFM take that stronger signal. The CRTC, of course, said no. 

If they were smart, they would add CIRR-FM as HD2 on either CIDC or upgrade CKDX-FM Lite 88.5's transmitter to digital and add it there as the CRTC currently does not regulate digital broadcasting.  They could also upgrade CIRR-FM's transmitter to digital and add the other station on HD2 which would help with downtown coverage.

SOWNY » London Gets New FM Stn. But Will It Stay On Its Assigned Frequency? » January 16, 2023 12:28 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Hmm. So does that mean that potentially, one day, they might be asked to give up that frequency? I'm not sure I'd want to spend all that money setting this up, knowing it may not be permanent.

They will probably apply for a power increase down the road once they become more established in order to expand their coverage and protect their frequency at the same time.

SOWNY » Z103.5 mornings » January 16, 2023 11:29 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

YOU'RE WRONG!!!! Morning show stays the same @ Indie, but Indie 88 is now commercial free 7am until part way through the 90's @ 9.
(I wonder how long that will last, lol)

One must wonder how they are going to make money during mornings being commercial free Monday to Friday...  Perhaps selling sponsorships for each half hour block of the show?

Radiowiz wrote:

As for Rick, you'll have to look somewhere else for him I guess...

Hmmm... only other station actively looking for a new morning show is Q107.  Could this be his next gig?  I think Rick, Ed the Sock and Liana K. would make a great morning show.
 

SOWNY » This Friday CBC Marketplace Looks At Bell, Rogers and Telus » January 16, 2023 6:17 am

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Watched on last Friday and it was a real eye opener to say the least where the 3 large telecom providers make it very difficult for existing customers to get a lower priced plan once you are signed up with them.

Fortunately, there are smaller providers such as Skychoice where one does not have to jump through hoops to get a good deal.  They currently have a 3 month free promo until the end of the month with 6 months of cell phone service for the price of three on any of their plans which is probably the best deal out there for Canadian wireless.  More info on their website at https://www.skychoice.ca/section/45

Signed up myself and service is great, especially in 5G coverage areas in the city.  Rogers towers are used but occasional roaming to Bell/Telus is included at no extra cost for areas with no Rogers coverage.
 

SOWNY » Z103.5 mornings » January 16, 2023 5:35 am

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brian451 wrote:

There have been Facebook posts from Indie 88 saying Indie88 mornings will never be the same and advertises January 16th at 7 am. Maybe Rick the Temp joins the team at Indie?

I suspect that it's not only Rick, but Ed the Sock as well.  They had a few shows together on Z103.5 and although the experience was great, the music played at Z wasn't really Ed's cup of tea as he's more of a rock guy, euhhh sock.  Also, Ed the Sock has already been on Indie88 in the past.

SOWNY » Legend Dave Charles On Elmnt FM, The Ratings & What's Wrong With Radio » October 23, 2022 3:55 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

But the answer to being overly-broad (and they're not as broad as when they launched if you've listened lately) is not to be overly niche. EDM cannot move the ratings needle.

You would be surprised how much potential listenership that EDM could have, especially in a major city such as Toronto.  Did you watch that YouTube video I posted to see how large the crowd was at an outdoor indigenous EDM act?  To be honest, with only a 0.1 or a 0.2 share, there's nothing to lose in trying.  The key to success with an EDM station however is extensive presence at live concerts and nightclubs featuring this type of music.

Bottom line is that given their signal deficiencies, they can't afford to compete against any of the other CHR stations in the market.  If Miami, FL can support a full time EDM station (WZFL 93.5fm) with less than 500k residents then certainly Toronto at almost 6 times the population could do the same.

SOWNY » Legend Dave Charles On Elmnt FM, The Ratings & What's Wrong With Radio » October 23, 2022 1:54 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

But the entire licence of the station is based on serving the Indigenous communities of Toronto. I'm not sure if an EDM format would pass muster with the CRTC or if that would meet the criteria of their Promise of Performance. I could be wrong, of course, but I fear they may be locked in to a shaky playlist that's almost doomed to have a low listener level. 

Obviously Indigenous elements (no pun intended) would still be maintained and there could still be specialty block programming during evenings and weekends but the weekday format needs to be more focused.

There is actually a growing indigenous EDM music movement as it has close ties to electronic Pow Wow music.  One notable example is A Tribe Called Red who recently performed in Toronto. 

 

SOWNY » Legend Dave Charles On Elmnt FM, The Ratings & What's Wrong With Radio » October 23, 2022 1:19 pm

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rje1 wrote:

All due respect to the great Mr Charles....Elmnt FM is a train wreck of a station. Terrible signal and a format that's way too all over the place. 
 

The signal issues in Toronto are largely caused by nearby Buffalo's WYRK also transmitting on 106.5 FM at 50,000 watts which causes both contours to overlap as per the image below.  This causes issues, especially in areas near Lake Ontario due to enhanced signal propagation causing CFPT's lower wattage signal being overpowered by WYRK.

The impact of this interference on newer radios has been somewhat mitigated when CFPT also started broadcasting in HD Radio, at least now CFPT's signal is no longer totally being taken over by WYRK's HD signal in certain parts of Burlington and Oakville near the lake.

I do agree that Elmnt FM's format is too overly broad which makes it too hard to compete given its signal deficiencies.  I would strongly suggest focusing on a more niche format.  Electronic Dance Music (EDM) would be perfect given the fact that no other Toronto based station currently focuses on this format.  The Elmnt FM name would also already be suitable and could be maintained.


 

SOWNY » Bell Slapped With $7.5 Million Fine For Actions Against A Competitor » June 15, 2022 5:28 pm

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radiokid wrote:

The Fibe vs Fiber issue, I see some point to what they are getting at..    The Fibe brand was made to confuse the consumer to think what they are getting if fiber internet vs what it really is..   Fiber fed internet to the box up the road and connected to your home with old copper wires.   All internet rides fiber now...  but after having a very lengthy chat with someone who swears he got sold fiber to the home from bell when it actually was nothing but dsl service over copper, it proves this marketing works.   (btw he has nothing but issues due to the condition of the copper line part of the run)

This is indeed a valid point and in fact, Bell already got into a class action lawsuit in Quebec exactly for this reason and ended up paying 2 million dollars to settle the case.

SOWNY » Bell Slapped With $7.5 Million Fine For Actions Against A Competitor » June 15, 2022 5:18 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

OK, but I think their chances of winning this thing are slim to none.

I wouldn't be so sure about that.  According to Freedom Fibers who are helping them out with their public legal fund, they were actually sued first by Bell back in 2020, most likely due to them marketing their fixed wireless Internet service as WIFIBE.

So this appears to be a counterclaim for them to defend their brand and with all that happened as a result of COVID, it is certainly reasonable that they were delayed in doing so up until now.

On their website, they describe WIFIBE as wireless fiber Internet provided by their network of fiber fed towers, so it is certainly reasonable that they would abbreviate it as WiFi Fiber or WiFibe in their branding.

Basically, as it stands now, any telecom provider risks getting sued by Bell if they use all or part of the word "Fiber" in their branding.

 

SOWNY » Something's up at Flow » April 6, 2022 4:54 pm

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Storm wrote:

We have a grandfathered Rogers cable plan which does have some radio stations in the "900" section. It would probably not be what would be available in Toronto. A lot of the stations are Rogers including Jack from Vancouver, but many others, including all of our local stations. I have looked at other plans to reduce the cost, because Rogers is very pricey and going up this month, but the radio stations are not available.

The best low cost provider that has the most radio stations is SkyChoice, over 50 from all across Canada included in their $35 or larger TV packages.  Their channel lineup can be viewed at https://www.skychoice.ca/chanlineup.cfm Stations are kept up to date, even the change of 93.5 from Flow to Today radio was already made.
 

SOWNY » Something's up at Flow » April 5, 2022 11:19 am

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RadioActive wrote:

"Many have been posting comments claiming they've experienced the same issue (poor sound), with some complaining that they've even completely lost signal when driving in certain parts of the city, on top of all of the other reasons they oppose the merger.

At the very least, Stingray should be a good Samaritan by making a deal allowing CKFG to broadcast on 93.5 HD2 as they just fired up their shiny new HD radio transmitter for themselves.  This should almost fully resolve reception issues but only for people with an HD radio in their vehicle.

Ironically if you look closely at the BlogTO link that was posted, the listener that posted an Instagram video of them tuning in both stations actually has an HD radio in their vehicle.  Her reception comparison of both stations is actually a bit unfair as she's comparing an HD Radio signal with a station that currently does not broadcast in HD radio.

Direct link to Instagram video below:

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/v/t50.2886-16/274080743_512172400336919_2746240254823267215_n.mp4?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=4rLF2BdPkBoAX8RcMNi&edm=AJBgZrYBAAAA&ccb=7-4&oe=624EC6D3&oh=00_AT9KWn1gaJ4Frsw-3-mtwadFlytNADP7u9VHUsydMNfp3Q&_nc_sid=78c662

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