Transitioning from analog radio to digital will be tougher if it requires one to get all new equipment to get the signal. Right now, I have two radios in the house: My alarm clock (set to KOPB-FM) and my boom box which has AM, FM, and my CD player. It’ll be harder to switch over than it did for TV if this turns out to be the case.
When the UK switched from analog to digital TV, they did it on a gradual region by region basis, with the last switch outs taking place in Northern Ireland in 2011. A switch to digital radio here might call for a gradual, region by region handover, instead of doing it all at once, as we did for TV a few years back. And of course, there’s the question of whether or not you abandon FM for AM or vice versa with a digital switchover. Some stations will be put out of business, because switching means spending big bucks, and not every station boasts having a big bucks ownership, especially in small markets.
Best, Mike 8)