WGUC-FM 90.9, Cincinnati, Ohio’s Classical Public Radio, has chosen to broadcast in surround sound on its HD1 Channel on HD Radioâ„¢ and on its main analogue channel using Neural Audio’s 5.1 technology to become the first radio station in the US to go 5.1 on its main channel with commercially available 5.1 music. This began on Thursday, August 10, 2006 with the broadcast of Debussy’s La Mer, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The surround broadcasts will feature performances of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and many more, most recordings commercially available to the public on SACD and/or DVD.
“We are privileged to deliver surround sound to our listeners both with analogue and HD Radio,” said Richard Eiswerth, WGUC’s general manager and CEO of Cincinnati Public Radio. “WGUC features the best in classical music programming, and has a history of radio ‘firsts,’ including being the first station to produce a digital west-to-east transatlantic broadcast as well as the first public radio station in Ohio to utilize HD Radio technology. WGUC began broadcasting with HD Radio technology in July, 2003.”