Crawford Broadcasting Debuts HD Radio

For AM with Omnia-5EX

3 January 2006, Cleveland, OH USA

Crawford Broadcasting’s Ed Dulaney loves his Omnia audio processors. So when Crawford decided to broadcast ESPN in HD Radio on AM 560/KLZ in Denver, Omnia was the only possible choice.

Five Omnia-5EX audio processors were recently installed at Crawford’s Denver cluster, with plans to add two additional units in 2006 as a part of the company’s transition to digital radio.

Ed Dulaney, Chief Engineer for the Colorado Region, was won over by Omnia for AM when he first upgraded his stations with a number of Omnia-3AM audio processors in 2004. “We had a great experience with those Omnia-3’s. Omnia listened to our input and helped us to make them sound just the way we wanted. Upgrading to the Omnia-5EX HD+AM was the next logical step, as we were planning on transitioning to HD Radio."

People love the sound of the Omnia-5EX. Dulaney comments, “Everyone that has heard our AM HD Radio signal says it sounds as good or better than FM!"

“We give lots of props to our clients,” says Frank Foti, President of Omnia Audio. “They tell us that Omnia-5EX is the best-sounding AM box ever. But some of the biggest flamethrower AM stations around have worked with us, constantly helping us find new ways to make AM sound big, ballsy and most of all, clean — so they really deserve the credit. Some people thought AM was dead… how wrong were they?”

Omnia-5EX HD+AM, the world’s first HD Radio & DAB-ready audio processor for AM broadcasters, incorporates a unique dual processing structure that routes processed audio from the multiband mixer section to separate, simultaneous output stages — the first optimized for conventional AM broadcasts, the second for HD Radio & DAB, webcasting, satellite and similar digital distribution networks. Features include a two-band AGC, plus wideband AGC and five-band limiter to help restore warmth, clarity and detail to AM broadcasts; the HD Radio/DAB section features Omnia’s unique program-adaptive Look- Ahead limiter, plus adjustable low-pass filtering and high-shelf EQ.

Listening to Ed Dulaney, it’s clear he’s a fan of Omnia. “I’ve worked with a number of processors... I can honestly say that no other processor gives you as much control over your sound as the Omnia-5EX! It’s a dangerous thing to have this much power!”


Omnia, a Telos company, is world-renowned for its digital audio signal processing expertise. Omnia audio processors for FM, AM, TV, HD Radio & DAB, Internet, and audio production are setting new standards for professional audio quality.

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