Hubbard’s WWFD (820-AM) “The Gamut” in Washington, DC has turned off its analog signal and is now all digital. The station has turned to a partnership with HD Radio to broadcast in digital (the format is a music station playing “A to Z and everything in between”). PD and station engineer Dave Kolesar says AM needs to start trending in this direction. “We’re excited to be doing this extremely innovative project that has tremendous potential to make AM much more viable to distribute all formats.”
A press release from the station states that, “Over the past few decades, issues like poor sensitivity and technical upkeep, quality of receivers, and narrow audio bandwidth have contributed to the steady decrease in AM radio listenership. On July 6, The Gamut received an Experimental Authorization from the FCC to broadcast their AM station exclusively in digital.”
The Gamut will still be accessible to listeners in Frederick, Maryland without an HD Radio. They can find the station on regular analog FM at 94.3 FM.