HD Radio At Peoria Public Radio

Get Two Peoria Public Radio Stations With HD Radio!

Thanks to the advancement in digital radio technology it is now possible to receive even more Peoria Public Radio programming than ever before. Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about HD radio and the additional classical music programming you’re able to receive on WCBU2. If that’s piqued your interest but you don’t know how to go about purchasing an HD receiver, this brief guide will help you chose a unit that’s a good fit! With HD Radio, your public radio listening experience is enhanced thanks to the capabilities digital broadcasting offers. It’s essentially a way to enjoy two WCBU stations.

On Peoria Public Radio's WCBU1, you’ll find a 24/7 news and information service in clear digital quality. No more drop-outs or static during rainy days. Instead you’ll enjoy Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air every weekday and the weekend favorites like Car Talk you’ve come to rely on. Over on Classical WCBU2, you can enjoy the soothing sounds of classical music programs like Performance Today and Sunday Baroque, also with rich high-quality sound. But the only ways to hear these two channels is on an HD radio receiver or our web stream.

Let’s take a look at what HD radio has to offer… What model is right for you? With an array of choices in today’s world it’s often tough to make a decision. But a few guidelines may help you select an HD radio that fits your needs and lifestyle. If you listen to Peoria Public Radio primarily at home, on-the-go, or in your car, here are a few new HD radio models that may help you get the programs you enjoy! Here is a sample of HD radios currently available*

*NOTE: Peoria Public Radio does not endorse any particular radio model, manufacturer, or retailer. The following information is listed for reference purposes only.

 1. Sparc SHD-BT1 $99.95 (Available on Amazon.com)  

Sparc introduces the SHD-BT1 radio in 2015, featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port to charge your smartphone, tablet, or other devices. While enjoying HD radio you'll get rich sound and increased flexibility from the added features such as a dual alarm, auxiliary input for your other audio appliances. The SHD-BT1 is also compact, making it a perfect choice for your night stand or a desktop. 

2. Sparc SHD-P360 $59.95 (Available on Amazon.com)  

Radio has been called a 'constant companion' due to its ability to travel with the listener anywhere they go. This handy Sparc SHD-P360 will make sure your can carry WCBU or WCBU2 in your pocket. Reminiscent of a classic transistor radio, Sparc's new miniature HD tuner is easy to operate and works well on the go. At under $60, its also a bargain. 

3. Other Sparc Models (Coming Soon)

Several new HD radio models are coming soon from Sparc Radio. With various features, shapes, sizes and colors, you'll be sure to find a model that fits your needs and budget. Check here for status updates and when these models debut we'll post further information on this page. 

4. Insignia NS-HDRAD $49.99 (Available at Best Buy) The affordable tabletop sized Insignia NS-HDRAD is a great way to get HD radio stations like WCBU2 without sacrificing room on your nightstand or countertop. This small radio offers 10 presets, auto scanning, a headphone jack, and its portable! Pop in 4 AAA batteries and take this HD radio with you anywhere you’d like to enjoy Peoria Public Radio, or Classical WCBU2.

5. Insignia NS-HD02 / NS-HD01A $49.99 - $69.99 (Available at Best Buy)   Insignia has offered the most economical portable HD radio model under $75 in recent years. With the NS-HD02 they’re now offering  two to choose from! The original ND-HD01A features a lightweight, simple FM/HD tuner with ear buds, arm band, and USB charging. The  NS-HD-2 offers the same features with touch screen interface and up to 20 presets.

6. New Car Models

Virtually every new make and model of car, truck, and SUV is now available with HD Radio built into the factory installed stereo. This offers ease of use, no additional cost, and the great functionality of original equipment manufacturers. Whether your next car is foreign or domestic, you’ll be able to get HD radio from day one! Ask your  salesperson if your new car has HD radio, or for a quick reference visit the HD radio buyer’s guide at the bottom of this webpage.


Don’t Own an HD Radio Receiver Yet?

If you’re still shopping for the perfect HD radio and you’re interested in hearing WCBU2, simply click the Listen Live link on the top of our homepage to enjoy the web stream.

Questions? Need advice on hooking up your new HD radio?

No problem! We're always happy to help you get the most from your HD radio expirience. For detailed help, call Daryl Scott, Operations Manager at 309-677-2762 or email dscott@fsmail.bradley.edu for assistance.

HD Radio Buyer’s Guide

Click below if you're shopping for an HD radio for home, work, or the car.