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Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network announced that it has begun transmitting traffic data via HD Radio in 48 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. This launch marks the first commercially available data service over HD Radio and leverages the robust data delivery capabilities of HD Radio. Clear Channel is working with a variety of receiver manufacturers to make the specially-equipped receivers available by the end of this year.
Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network also announced that it has further expanded its delivery of real-time traffic data over RDS-TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) with the addition of 19 new markets that include: Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC; Fort Myers, FL; Louisville, KY; Omaha, NE; Portsmouth/Manchester, NH; Richmond, VA; Rochester, NY; Sarasota, FL; Springfield, MA; Syracuse, NY; Toledo, OH; Tucson, AZ; Worcester, MA and Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON and Montreal, QE in Canada. Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network now delivers real time traffic via RDS-TMC in 68 cities, and plans to add more markets to its Total Traffic Network data delivery via RDS-TMC throughout 2007. This expanded coverage is made available to existing subscribers without additional charge.
"HD Radio is the future for broadcast data delivery, allowing us to not only deliver traffic data, but provide additional services a well," states Jeff Littlejohn, Clear Channel Radio Executive Vice President of Distribution Development. "Clear Channel Radio is synonymous with high quality traffic data. With the addition of these 19 markets, we cover over 160 million people with our traffic service for consumer devices."
Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network currently provides real-time traffic information to devices made by Garmin, TomTom, Mio-Mitac, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion, Navigon, Cobra Electronics and Siemens VDO and supplies traffic content to several media outlets including Citadel Broadcasting, Univision, Fox Interactive Media, and others.
In September, 2006 Clear Channel Radio announced a milestone agreement with BMW of North America, LLC in which they became the first automotive brand in the United States to offer real-time traffic as a subscription free service included with navigation on select models. Earlier this year, MINI USA became the second automotive brand to announce such a relationship with Total Traffic Network.
About Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network
Clear Channel Radio is the first broadcaster to launch a ground-breaking programming and technology service delivering real-time traffic data directly to vehicles, using its own network of reporters, traffic cameras, helicopters and airplanes - Total Traffic Network. Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network now serves more than 125 metropolitan markets in three countries, including the United States, Mexico and New Zealand. Total Traffic Network delivers real-time traffic data via in-car or portable navigation systems, broadcast media, wireless and Internet-based services. For more information, please log on to www.realtimetraffic.net.
About Clear Channel Radio
Clear Channel Radio is a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company's content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, on the Internet, via iPods, and via mobile-navigation devices from Cobra, Garmin, Kenwood and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE:CCU), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.