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WHYY-HD, an Arts and Information Service

Radio channel features classical music and news from around the world in CD-quality sound.

WHYY has a second radio channel called WHYY-HD, the region's first high-definition radio channel devoted to arts, news and information programming. The nonfee, commercial-free channel can be listened to on HD Radio receivers available now. The service can also be streamed on the Internet at WHYY.org. WHYY-HD signal carries WHYY FM's existing program schedule with enhanced digital sound quality.

WHYY-HD includes classical music programs such as Performance Today, broadcast weekdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. The program features classical music concerts from around the world and classical music news, interviews and issues. Sacred Classics, broadcast Sundays at 8 a.m., regularly features masterpieces of choral music spanning the centuries and is hosted by Stephanie Wendt, an accomplished pianist and former student of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music.

WHYY-HD also broadcasts news and information programs from the BBC World Service, including the global call-in show World Have Your Say, broadcast live each weekday at 1 p.m., and Outlook, broadcast weekdays at 2 p.m. The program explores the events, personalities and issues that affect life around the world.

The channel also features Fresh Air First, broadcast weekdays at noon. WHYY-HD listeners in Greater Philadelphia will hear this early broadcast of the popular national show, produced by WHYY, which is not broadcast until 3 p.m. on WHYY-FM. The complete program schedule for WHYY-HD is available at WHYY.org.

"The HD radio platform enables WHYY to extend its reach to deliver the best in arts and culture programming and international news and information," said William J. Marrazzo, WHYY President and CEO.

WHYY-HD enables listeners to enjoy the benefits of CD-quality sound, improved signal reception and greater programming choices. The digital technology uses the radio spectrum more efficiently to transmit AM and FM analog signals simultaneously with new, higher-quality digital signals.

The digital signals can carry new programming and data services such as station, song and artist identification, stock and news information, local traffic and weather.

WHYY-HD complements WHYY's other electronic platforms, including WHYY-FM, WHYY-TV, Y Arts, Y Info and WHYY.org.

"In the last 50 years, there have been four major radio milestones: FM broadcasting in the '50s, stereo in the '70s, Internet radio in the '90s and in 2005, it's HD Radio," Marrazzo said.