Listener FAQ

WERS is committed to bringing you the best music on the planet, no matter where you happen to be. WERS is broadcasting from our studios in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. And to keep you connected from anywhere in the world, we are streaming online. If you have any questions or trouble listening to WERS, please email engineering@wers.org

WERS broadcasting

WERS 88.9FM broadcasts both an analog and a digital signal. Digital broadcasting is known as HD Radio, the latest broadcast technology. HD Radio is a digital version of the already broadcast analog signal. In addition, WERS has a translator located in New Bedford Massachusetts. Translators are used to pick up a station’s main signal and rebroadcast on a different frequency or channel. This is helpful to allow a station to cover more area for the listeners.

  • 88.9 FM Boston, Ma.
  • 88.9-HD1 Boston, Ma.
  • 88.9-HD2 Boston, Ma.
  • 96.5 FM New Bedford, Ma.
  • 101.5 FM Gloucester, Ma.

WERS online

You can listen to WERS at anytime from anywhere in the world with our online 128k or 64k stream. Simply click on one of the links provided below. We have found them to work well for the common players listeners seem to be using. The 64k streams are for those with limited connection bandwidth. This is helpful if you find the 128k stream rebuffering frequently. WERS can also be found in iTunes Radio, listed under Eclectic.

Sometimes there are connection situations that are out of our control, usually found at the workplace. For those times, here are other links you can try. These stream links use a different connection path that may be acceptable on your network.

If you find you still can’t access the stream or see “undefined” errors all over your screen, you are probably behind a firewall. Many businesses opt to filter the content that their employees are allowed to look at while they browse the Internet from work, and unfortunately, Internet radio is usually one of the first things to get blocked. If this is your case, you could always introduce your IT department to WERS, in the hope that they will fall so deeply in love with us that they won’t be able to bear blocking us.

If you prefer you may also listen to WERS online 24 hours at Tunein.com.

WERS 88.9-hd1

WERS is broadcasting in HD Radio. HD Radio is a new technology to radio broadcasting that provides a digital signal in addition to the already broadcast analog signal. Like all new technology, everyone has questions about it. Here is some information regarding HD Radio. For more information, please email engineering@wers.org or visit iBiquity Digital Corporation’s website.

What is HD Radio?

HD Radio is a digital radio standard developed by iBiquity Digital and recognized by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It works the same way that traditional analog transmits, except that the audio is digital formatted and transmitted as a continuous digital data stream along with the analog signal. Radio stations send out the analog and digital signals on the same broadcast frequency, along with the signals for the text data. On the listener end, the signals are received and decoded. An HD Radio receiver picks up both the digital radio transmission with its accompanying text as well as the existing analog transmission. If you have a HD Radio receiver you will still be able to listen to stations that do not broadcast HD. And your existing analog receivers will still continue to receive the analog signals from broadcaster. A big difference between digital radio and digital television is that radio will continue to broadcast both analog and digital signals.

Does it HD Radio cost anything?

You do need to purchase a HD Radio receiver, but after that there are no costs. HD Radio has no additional fee, no service fees, no membership fee, no annual fee, no fee what so ever.

How can I get HD Radio it?

To get HD Radio you do need to have a HD receiver. There are quite a few models to choose from ranging from car receivers to office radios. Once you own a HD Radio receiver you will be able to receive all HD broadcast signals. There is no additional fee, no service fees, no membership fee, no annual fee, no fee what so ever. Here are a few links to help you get started.

  • www.radiosophy.com
  • www.hdradio.com

Why do I want one?

HD Radio is a clear digital sound. There is no static, you either receive it or you don’t. With HD Radio, stations are able to create more and new stations in addition to the program you currently listen to on their existing frequency using Multicasting. Also there are, and will be more to come, different text based data features provided by HD Radio.

What does HD mean?

The ‘HD’ in ‘HD Radio’ does not mean ‘high-definition’ or ‘hybrid digital’. It is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand for its digital radio technology.

What is Multicasting?

Multiple broadcasting of programming or simply put, more radio stations. HD Radio technology enables a FM broadcaster to offer more than one program stream on its existing digital transmission. In addition to offering superior sound quality, the digital data stream can also be carved into separate program streams (e.g., 88.9-HD2, 88.9-HD3, etc.) allowing FM broadcasters to offer multiple radio programs. You do need to make sure your HD Radio receiver is capable of receiving and decoding these Multicast channels. WERS currently has a Multicast channel, 88.9-HD2.

Is my current radio no good anymore?

Your current radio is still good. Your current radio will continue to receive the analog portion of the broadcast signals.

Why do I hear a delay or CD skip?

First thing to know is that there is a delay with the digital audio, roughly 8 seconds, from the time a station’s audio goes to the transmitter and then onto you the listener. This is due to the digitizing process used to create the signal. When you tune your HD Radio receiver to your favorite station, it immediately picks up the analog signal. Then after a few seconds when it locks onto the HD signal, it automatically transitions over. Stations have the ability to time adjust the analog signal to match up with the digital. During this transition you may hear this delay or it sound like a CD skip if the station does not have this time adjustment correct.

What is the difference between HD Radio and Satellite Radio?

Both HD Radio and Satellite Radio are digital. Satellite radio stations can be received and heard anywhere but HD Radio stations can only be received and heard within their broadcast coverage area. Satellite Radio costs money, regularly. Satellite Radio has monthly service fees whereas HD Radio is completely free, no service fees, no membership fee, no annual fee, no fee what so ever.

WERS multicasting 88.9-hd2

HD Radio enables a FM broadcaster to offer more than one program stream on its existing digital transmission. FM stations have 150 kilobits per second (kps) of bandwidth available with HD Radio technology, of which 96 kps is typically used for digital audio programming. In addition to offering superior sound quality, this 96 kps “bit rate” can also be carved into separate program streams (e.g., 88.9-HD2, 88.9-HD3, etc.) allowing FM broadcasters to expand their content offerings without requiring additional frequencies. This way you get more radio stations for free. You do need to make sure your HD Radio receiver is capable of receiving and decoding these Multicast channels. Be sure to ask when you are purchasing your HD Radio receiver. Stations can add these multiple stations as they desire. So while one station may not have any Multicast program, another may have one or two. WERS currently has a Multicast channel, 88.9-HD2, that airs Standing Room Only, The Best Of Broadway And Beyond, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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