Orlando, FL - Sep 3, 2008 - As the HD Radio rollout continues, the HD Digital Radio Alliance notes it successes and prepares for a change in leadership. On Jan. 1, 2009, Peter Ferrara, currently president and CEO of the alliance, will assume a new role as strategic advisor. Diane Warren will become president of the Alliance.
Warren has been the executive vice president of the alliance since January 2008. Previously she was senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Alliance. Before joining the alliance, Warren was senior vice president of public affairs for Clear Channel Communications and the founder and president of RadioAE.com.
The alliance announced the news of its personnel change in a press release touting the accomplishments of the organization over the last three years. The groups that in the fall of 2005 there were about 300 HD Radio stations on the air with about 40 multicast channels available, no automakers offered an HD Radio and no national retailers carried receivers.
The organization says that today there are more than 1,750 HD Radio stations on the air, with more than 800 offering multicasts. There are more than 60 HD Radio receivers available at more than 12,000 retail outlets. Automakers offering HD Radio features as factory or dealer options span 14 brands across 82 models.
"As we look forward, we'll remember 2008 as a breakout year for HD Radio," predicts Warren. "In the meantime, there remains much to do and the Alliance looks forward to working closely with industry organizations, Ibiquity Digital, radio broadcasters, auto makers, dealers and retailers to bring this important new technology fully to market."