According to USA Today, Wal-Mart is giving High-Def Radio a fighting chance.
The world’s largest retailer will carry a high-definition car radio from JVC in 1,989 of its stores in 85 markets, priced at about $190.
Being on the shelf at Wal-Mart “underscores that HD Radio is ready for prime time, it’s ready for the masses,” says Peter Ferrara, CEO of the HD Digital Radio Alliance, a consortium that includes radio broadcasting powers such as Clear Channel and CBS Radio.
Stations in the 85 markets will donate airtime for Wal-Mart-produced ads about the HD Radios. The ads fit into the larger effort to popularize HD Radio. Stations have pledged $250 million in ad time in 2007, an average of 126 ads a week on each of the alliance’s 700 stations.
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