NC State’s WKNC Adds HD Radio [with GV15]
Radio Magazine, Emily M. Reigart, October 18, 2016
The station chose a Nautel GV15 for the project, replacing an aging Harris Z10CD, both of which can be seen in the photo.
“We’ve grown enormously in the past 50 years and chose that date to highlight the transformation of the station from a carrier current station built in someone’s dorm in Watauga Hall to a 25,000 Watt operation which, in terms of wattage and coverage pattern is one of the top 1 largest student-run radio stations in the nation,” said Jamie Lynn Gilbert, associate director of NC State Student Media.
According to the release, WKNC began the process of adding HD Radio in 2008, but the project was stalled due to budget constraints. When the need for a new transmitter became evident, Gilbert knew it was time to upgrade to digital. Capitol Broadcasting Chief Engineer Will Patnaud served as the consulting engineer for the project.
WKNC General Manager Emily Ehling noted that the addition of HD Radio makes WKNC “ahead of the curve.” The station eventually plans to multicast but is not yet ready to do so, the release says.