KLCC claims running in HD increases their power bill 30%. They mentioned the nuisance of manually maintaining time alignment, especially difficult at remote rebroadcast locations like KLBR Bend. They didn’t have the automatic GPS-based time alignment system like KRVM has. And in general they think nobody knows or cares about HD.
Basically it’s the same list of reasons KWAX used when they decided to drop HD.
Well for those in Eugene who do care about HD, KRVM is now the only game in town.
KORE BROADCASTING LLC Sports KORE-A-K239CM (1050 AM & 95.7 FM FOX SPORTS EUGENE)/EUGENE, OR is adding FOX SPORTS RADIO’s DAN PATRICK to its lineup for 6-9a (PT) in a live clearance. The station has been airing FSR’s “OUTKICK THE COVERAGE WITH CLAY TRAVIS” on delay in that time slot.
I could be wrong but I was under the impression that KLCC, KWAX, and KRVM (all public radio) got grant money for the initial deployment of HD. So their up front cost would have been minimal. But they’re on their own when something breaks.
After some friendly back and forth emails with KLCC’s engineer about their dropping HD, I emailed KLCC “management” to express my opinion. Instead of replying to me (a subscribing member-listener), they handed it off to the engineer to deal with.