Disappointed there isn't smooth jazz available on the radio dial?
You might want to check into HD2 radio to fill the void.
KBZN radio (FM-97.9) abandoned its longtime smooth jazz format and moved to a "today's best music" format (excluding hard rock and rap) earlier this year.
But KJMY (FM-99.5) and its HD2 subchannel offers a smooth jazz format.
HD2 radio piggybacks on existing digital audio frequencies. There are already more than a dozen of these substations — and 40 HD stations available in Utah.
There are two ways to receive an HD signal and the HD2 sub-signal — go to the Internet or buy a special HD radio receiver
KJMY's smooth jazz can be found at www.utahsmoothjazz.com/main.html; click on the "listen live" option.
To receive HD or HD2 radio you have to purchase a special receiver. A receiver for your car starts at about $100. Once you have a receiver, there is no additional cost or subscription required. There are also home and portable HD radios available for purchase, too.
For some, HD2 radio is a less expensive option to enjoy the variety that satellite radio offers — everything from classical to classic alternative to the Mormon Channel to country music.
HD Radio is the trademark for iBiquity's technology. To learn more about it, log on to www.hdradio.com
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