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EXPLANATION OF LAYOUT,
SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS USED

This document is intended to help you understand how to read our listings of radio and television statons.
A typical listings look as follows -
Col.1Col.23456 Column 7 (below is explinations of each column)
Chicago IL
FM RADIO
AM RADIO
780 50/50kW Add WBBM to MY RADIO Address info from SuperPages.com Click for FCC data LISTEN LIVE WBBM CBS News Radio 780 - Chicago (Cook) IL US news
1000 50/50kW Add WMVP to MY RADIO Click for address information from SmartPages.com (opens new browser window) Click for FCC data (opens new browser window) LISTEN LIVE WMVP (ESPN) - Chicago (Cook) IL... sports
88.9 100W Add WRRG to MY RADIO Address info from SuperPages.com Click for FCC data   WRRG - River Grove (Cook) IL US college (Triton Coll.)
92.7 1.8kW Add WKIE to MY RADIO Address info from SuperPages.com Click for FCC data LISTEN LIVE WKIE|r.WRZA-99.9  Nine FM - Arlington Heights (Cook) IL US adult hits
96.3 4.2kW Add WBBM to MY RADIO Address info from SuperPages.com Click for FCC data LISTEN LIVE WBBM B96 - Chicago (Cook) IL US CHR-rhythmic
    Add    WBBM-HD1 to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE    WBBM-HD1 B96 CHR-rhythmic
    Add    WBBM-HD2 to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE    WBBM-HD2 B96 CHR-dance
Greater London
AM RADIO
720 750W Add BBC Radio 4 to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE BBC Radio 4 - London EN news/talk
909 150kW Add BBC Radio 5 Live to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE BBC Radio 5 Live - London EN news/talk/sports
FM RADIO
100.0 2kW Add Kiss 100 to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE Kiss 100 - London (Greater London area) EN dance/rhythmic
104.9 2kW Add Xfm to MY RADIO LISTEN LIVE Xfm - London (Greater London area) EN alternative
DAB (DIGITAL RADIO)
11A Add 4 Digital to MY RADIO   4 Digital - London (Greater London area) EN
12B Add BBC National DAB to MY RADIO   BBC National DAB - London (Greater London area) EN
    Add    BBC Asian Network to MY RADIO      BBC Asian Network

Listings are organized by geographical location of the station's city of license or transmitter location. In the USA, listings are organized by Arbitron's radio markets and DMA television markets definitions. We know radio waves are not bounded in any way, it is merely how we have our listings organized.
In the above example, stations are represented from two markets, Chicago and London.

Column 1: Broadcasting frequency
This column represents the broadcasting frequency of this station.
   Some common notations outside the broadcasting frequency:
   If the frequency is unknown, you will see "(FM)" or "(AM)" as the frequency.
   Other broadcasting means will be noted, such as Cable, Satellites and Shortwave radio.


Column 2: Broadcasting power
This column represents the broadcasting power in kW (kilowatts) or W (watts) of this station.
   AM radio will note the night broadcasting power if different than the day broadcasting power.
   This information may not be known to us or is not applicable to the type of broadcaster.


Column 3: My Radio Link -
This link allows you to add this broadcaster to your "My Radio" listings. Any stations with a web site can be added to My Radio listings. For more information, please visit the My Radio section of RadioStationWorld.


Column 4: Address Link -
This link allows you view address information about the station (USA stations only). A new browser window will about up and take you to the listing on SmartPages.com.
For more information, please visit the SmartPages.com web site.


Column 5: FCC Link -
This link allows you view FCC technical information about the station (USA and Canada stations only). A new browser window will about up and take you to the listing on FCC.com.
For more information, please visit the FCC web site.


Column 6: Listen Live Link -
This link takes you to the station's live broadcast. (Actually, we will go to another RadioStationWorld page that will then take you to the live broadcast.)
Not all stations broadcast over the Internet and because of broadcasting rights (mostly live events such as sports venues), not all content from a station may broadcast over the Internet.
For more information, please visit the How To Listen Live section of RadioStationWorld.


Column 7: Station Information
This column contains information on the broadcaster as follows (from left to right):
= a new station on air or a station that recently changed their programming format (USA and Canada only).

•Next listed is the station name, call letters or station slogan.
  Call letters are the primary identifier in the USA and Canada, but are used elsewhere.
  Common notations:
  "-LP" = a licensed low powered broadcasting station (USA)
  "-HD" = a station's High Definition digital signal
    by law, this HD signal is required to simulcast the analog signal
  "-HD2 / -HD3" = a high definition multicast station
  "-cc" = operates as a closed circuit station
  "-sub" = operates as a sub-carrier station

•|[data] = The station simulcasts or networks from elsewhere. Common notations:
  "|r.WRZA-99.9" = a transmission that simulcasts from station WRZA channel 99.9
  "|r.AM1110 Mexico City" = a transmission that originates from Mexico City's AM 1100
  "|on FM" = a transmission that originates on another local FM frequency
  "|rep" = a repeater transmission, usually originating from a main broadcast center or capital city
  "|sat" = a repeater transmission originating from a satellite feed
  "|N" = a station that is part of a nationwide network, but some programming content originates locally

•If the station has a network affiliation, this is noted next.

•Next listed is the station's city of license, sometimes followed by the county, state, province or similar political division.

•Next listed, when known, is the stations format, genre, school affiliation, language (if other than local language) and additional notes about the station such as broadcasting hours or pending technical changes.
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