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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007 Going HD on WVXU-HD

WOXY will return to the airwaves here as a high-definition channel when public radio station WVXU-FM starts HD broacasting next month.

WOXY has been an web-only stream since 2004, after Doug and Linda Balogh sold their Oxford radio station.

But before the sale, WOXY-FM's "Future of Rock n Roll" was tough to get from Oxford throughout most of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Soon WOXY listeners will be able to hear the station -- if they buy a car or home HD radio.

It's a smart move for Cincinnati Public Radio, which operates classical WGUC-FM and news-talk-jazz WVXU-FM, and two mulitcast WGUC-HD services, a simulcast of WGUC-FM and a 24-hour jazz channel. Putting WOXY on HD -- technically it will be known as WVXU-HD2, with the 'VXU simulcast as WVUX-HD1 -- fills a void in Cincinnati radio, and allows Cinci Public Radio to reach a new demographic. In 2003, WGUC-FM was the first Ohio station to broadcast in HD.

Neither Richard Eiswerth, Cinci Public Radio GM, or Bryan Jay Miller,, know how many folks have HD radios here now. They hope this new partnership sparks sales.

Do you have HD radio? Will the deal prompt you to go buy one?


at 7/17/2007 2:57 PM Anonymous DogStarMan said...

Yes! If buying an HD radio allows me to hear my beloved WOXY over the air again, then I guess I better get shopping

at 7/17/2007 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

um. yes.

at 7/17/2007 3:04 PM Blogger Sean aka Mr. Snakey said...

If anything would cause me to spring for a new radio, the chance to hear WOXY in my car again would do it. That station was my mainstay from when I moved here in '89 till it went off the air in '04, and I've only been able to listen at work since then.

at 7/17/2007 3:11 PM Blogger BigBobBurns said...

Great News! I have been excited about HD radio ever since I first read about it, but this puts the icing on the cake. I have always had the feeling that HD would be the future of radio, but now that the Future of Rock & Roll is going to be there, that thought has been confirmed. We've been blessed to have WOXY on the Internet, but this can't be topped.

I've been listening to 97x WOXY since 1983 and it was a sad day when I couldn't get it in my car any longer. In fact, I was in my car when 97x went silent. I used to listen wherever I went. I remember having WOXY cranked up while I was washing my car or hanging out at a picnic. It was on all the time. I can’t wait to have that back.

I sense a rise in the sale of HD radios in the Cincinnati area.

Bob Burns

at 7/17/2007 3:42 PM Blogger william said...

This is GREAT news! I will be buying an HD radio very soon!!! :]

& way to go WGUC/WVXU.

at 7/17/2007 4:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for them! Will they still have their streaming online broadcast??

at 7/17/2007 4:55 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, they will continue to stream too.

at 7/17/2007 5:12 PM Blogger Lauren said...

I've been on the fence about HD radio for some time now... But now 100% yes!

at 7/17/2007 6:30 PM Anonymous twentyshots said...

that about makes it official. HD radio here i come.

big kudos to GUC/VXU.

at 7/17/2007 7:10 PM Anonymous iconoclast420 said...

This is the only thing that would motivate me to get an HD radio.

at 7/17/2007 10:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 7/18/2007 7:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely! this pushes me over the edge as i was waffling. best station ever.

at 7/18/2007 10:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

HD Radio?? C'mon. You can probably find the exact same music and format on satellite - and get more choices beyond that to boot. HD radio is a red herring. You are not going to get any additional benefit out of it- and it will be just as clogged with commercials and lame-o talk.

$12.95 is a small price to pay for me to get commercial free music that i can lock into and have no matter where I am in the US.

at 7/18/2007 10:53 AM Anonymous excitedwoxyfan said...

Hey Anon -- you clearly are NOT familiar with WOXY/97X's broadcast. If you think that you can find what they do on satellite, you are sorely mistaken.

I am not 100% sold on HD Radio and I will probably buy one to exclusively listen to WOXY there and never even bother with the corporate multicasts that are also available. Those have little interest to me, but hearing WOXY in my car certainly does!

at 7/19/2007 12:51 AM Blogger Julie said...


Better get crackin' on buying an HD Radio. Absolutely NOTHING would make me buy a radio again except this!!!

at 7/19/2007 3:36 AM Blogger sledge said...

Will the deal prompt you to go buy one?
Once I saw the news I started pricing HD radios.

It'll be nice again to not be tethered to a computer for a station that's truly the future of rock and roll.

at 7/19/2007 10:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe there are this many HD Radio devotees on this blog.

at 7/19/2007 12:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all WOXY devotees..... Woxy rocks!!

at 7/19/2007 7:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for one thing. HD radio is free unlike satellite which charges you forever. Also the sound quality is better.

at 7/21/2007 5:27 PM Blogger possibly malignant said...

Finally! I will definitely be picking up the HD radio I've been thinking about for the last few weeks. This absolutely made my day!

at 7/22/2007 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, only reason I'd get one. THanks VXU!!

at 5/07/2008 5:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

HD Radio is nothing but a farce:

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