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WUTC-FM 88.1 takes another technological giant step

Rabbit has the privilege of being the
first WUTC
on-air personality to broadcast from the new
control room

the staff of WUTC gathers around the new
control board

Rabbit and Dr. John McCormack celebrate the
first broadcast from the new control room

WUTC-FM 88.1, the first digital high definition terrestrial radio station in Chattanooga, has taken another important step into its technological future. The station officially began operating from its new fully digital control room on Monday, August 14.

“In a few years, all radio will provide high definition broadcasts, but WUTC is the first station to take this innovative step in Chattanooga,” said Dr. John McCormack, Station Manager of WUTC. “Our station is delivering the best audio in the city.”

WUTC’s digital audio is provided by a digital satellite system, a digital production room, and in the digital control room.

In spring 2006, WUTC had moved to a digital high definition transmitter, and this step completes the process of moving to a fully high definition station. Those listening to WUTC may choose to tune in to their existing radio, or they may purchase a new digital receiver for the full effect.

With the support of grants and private donations, the WUTC studio has been outfitted with $65,000 in new equipment. The new transmitter cost $120,000, according to McCormack.

WUTC is operated by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. WUTC broadcasts informational programs from National Public Radio, and celebrated public radio favorites including “Car Talk,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”

To purchase a digital receiver or to become a supporting member of WUTC, call 423-425-4756, or visit the WUTC website.

August 21, 2006

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