So what’s HD Radio and how do you listen?

KPFT has recently announced the debut of several programs on its HD Radio channel as well as initiatives on this grid. We’re not the only ones. Radio stations nationwide have decided to launch alternative radio formats and extra programming on their HD Radio channels. Maybe you’d like to check it out, but don’t know how.

HD Radio was a hot new technology in 2002 when the Federal Communications Commission selected it as a digital broadcasting method. With it, stations air a digital signal over traditional radio frequencies and get up to three additional stations of programming.

Many manufacturers offer HD Radio tuners for auto, home and office. If you’re in the market for a box, you can find plenty of deals online or pop by your local business to review options. Best to call and check availability, as some stores carry a limited selection of HD Radios.

However, you can listen to HD Radio without buying a receiver exclusively for HD Radio. The Internet has again changed the game, and you can listen for free.

Many stations, including KPFT, stream our HD Radio signal for free. You can find our player here.

Owners of Android mobile devices, iPhones and Blackberry handhelds have at their disposal the TuneIn radio app. TuneIn is free to download, and you can listen to KPFT’s HD3 channel and many other radio stations at no cost. Just open it, and search for “KPFT.” The station and its channels will come up.

Streaming radio has gotten extremely popular due to the accessibility of Spotify, Pandora, Beats 1 and Soundcloud. Unlike several of those, HD Radio has no monthly subscription fee. With an app or the web, you can listen all you want for free.

For KPFT listeners, HD3 has plenty of benefits. HD Radio is considered traditional FM by the FCC and is regulated as such. KPFT does not host pledge drives on HD3, although you’re welcome to donate in the name of an HD3 program. KPFT is providing another option for local programming here as well.

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