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Bell Media Radio Vancouver Launches Its First-Ever HD Radio

Bell Media Radio launched its first-ever HD Radio ventures today with Vancouver’s radio station 103.5 QM/FM and sports station, TSN 1040/1410. The two stations are amplifying their sound and scope through the innovation of HD Radio – delivering an enriched experience to listeners and fans across the region. TSN 1040/1410 becomes Canada’s first sports station to broadcast on HD/FM.

The stations’ transition to the digital technology introduces a digital signal over its traditional radio frequency, enriching the audio experience for listeners across the Vancouver region by delivering digital radio’s trademark crystal clear sound.

“We are delighted to elevate the 103.5 QM/FM and TSN 1040/1410 experience for listeners by unveiling the station’s availability over HD Radio,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio and TV Operations, Bell Media Vancouver. “Adopting HD Radio allows us to serve our listeners with richer, cleaner sound, more diverse content, and better coverage in urban areas for our AM stations which our listeners can also easily access on the same frequency.”

With HD radio, 103.5 QM/FM becomes more feature-rich, displaying song title, album art, and artist information on listeners’ digital display panels, rounding out an enhanced listening experience. And with TSN 1040/1410’s transition to HD Radio, listeners can enjoy the station’s up-close coverage of UEFA EURO 2016 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in HD.

HD Radio can be enjoyed at home, on the road, or on the go, with portable or in-dash HD Radio devices receiving a signal over traditional radio waves, requiring no Internet connection or monthly fee.

Multiple channels are now available simultaneously for broadcast over the HD Radio receiver, allowing 103.5 QM/FM to be joined by TSN 1040/1410 on its frequency. Listeners can now enjoy the HD Radio experience on 103.5 QM/FM and online at    Vancouver-area sports fans can listen to TSN 1040/1410 in HD simply by tuning to 103.5 QM/FM on an HD enabled radio and selecting either secondary channel, TSN 1040 or TSN 1410.