WUSF-FM Makes Commitment to HD Radio Implementation With Harris Transmission Purchase
to Broadcast IBOC Signal
CINCINNATI, Ohio, January 14, 2003 – WUSF-FM 89.7, the public radio station for the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and for west central Florida, has chosen Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) as its implementation partner for HD Radio™/IBOC. The station will purchase Harris' new HD Radio-ready Z12HD FM Transmitter; DEXSTAR™ FM Exciter; Orban Optimod-FM 8400/HD/FM digital processor and other auxiliary digital transmission equipment.
"WUSF-FM is another example of public broadcasters leading the way in new technology," said Dale Mowry, vice president of transmission systems for Harris' Broadcast Communications Division. "The station will be able to provide the next wave in digital technology to its listeners — a great service for a diverse university community."
The National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate is currently broadcasting with a Harris HT FM transmitter, CD LINK™ and Digit CD exciter. When the HD Radio conversion is completed, WUSF will use the separate amplification model to broadcast both analog FM and IBOC digital signals and will be one of the first public broadcast radio stations to broadcast HD Radio.
Z-HD transmitters use complex linearity and precorrection technologies developed for digital television to prevent intermodulation and other distortion from occurring, resulting in a mask-compliant signal that eliminates the need for costly, high-power, external, bandpass filters.
"WUSF has always been committed to bringing the best technology available to our listeners. We believe that the CD-quality audio and datacasting capabilities will be greatly appreciated and valued by our audience," said JoAnn Urofsky, WUSF general manager. "And, as a member of the NPR Technology Committee, I am genuinely excited to be able to deliver the most revolutionary broadcast signal and product available with HD Digital Radio."
"WUSF's commitment to innovation, backed by Harris' leading-edge technologies, marks a historic achievement among NPR stations," said Mike Starling, NPR's vice president for engineering and operations. "Listeners throughout the Tampa area will soon enjoy impressive new public services on
About WUSF-FM and the University of South Florida
WUSF 89.7, a not-for-profit radio station licensed to the University of South Florida, is a valuable community resource that serves the public interest through programming, educational outreach, and partnerships with individuals, foundations, corporations, community organizations and the campus community.
The University of South Florida is the second largest university in the Southeast. The university ranks in the top national classification of the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for its excellence in research. USF's affiliations with area hospitals, including Tampa General and All Children's in St. Petersburg, plus two located on campus — H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Shriners Children's Hospital — make it the center of the region's medical, biotechnology and bioscience research. Located in the thriving Tampa Bay area, USF serves approximately 37,000 students from 100 countries on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland, as well as its centers in downtown Tampa, New Port Richey and northern Pinellas County, offering more than 200 undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral programs, including the doctor of medicine.
About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast Communications is one of five divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company. The world's leading broadcast supplier, Harris Broadcast offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data. Harris serves broadcasters in more than 125 countries. Harris Corporation, which also serves markets for government, tactical radio, microwave, and network support systems and products, has sales and service facilities in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
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Broadcast Communications Division