All-Classical Portland launches innovative new HD channel

Public broadcaster “All Classical Portland” has launched an innovative new HD-2 programming service which will be carried on it’s classical music outlet 89.9 KQAC.  This will be a format aimed at children & although similar to Radio Disney’s programming, will be less commercial in nature, more educational &cultural plus diverse programming for distinctively different age groups.  Here is the press release written by the station’s Arrianna Avena:

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All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce a brand-new second radio network, created for children (ages 0-12). The new station is available on its HD-2 channel and online at

The International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) is a 24-hour radio service and is the first of its kind in the United States of America. Designed for young listeners, the network features music, poems, and literature from around the world, locally produced and curated by All Classical Portland.

“This ground-breaking, brand-new radio station exemplifies our mission to provide access to the arts for all; and to nurture a love of music and literature in young people,” said All Classical Portland’s President & CEO and ICAN Executive Producer Suzanne Nance. “Creating a resource like ICAN for children in our community and beyond will support arts education and promote emotional literacy.” Nance continued, “The art and music shared on ICAN will serve as a luminous window into various cultures.”

ICAN is designed for children, parents, grandparents, guardians, caregivers and schools, featuring enriching content that is safe, entertaining and inspiring. From lullaby hour and story time, to programming that will introduce various languages, ICAN is a nurturing, cultural, audio playground for youth in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Sharing her passion about the network, ICAN Program Manager Sarah Zwinklis, said: “You will find the content to be unlike the traditional children’s media so many of us were raised on. ICAN provides an audio destination where kids can be inspired to listen, dance, color outside the lines, and create their own adventures. Much of the content on the network will be presented by children – we believe in the power of these young voices.” Sarah continued, “ICAN is for anyone that wants to be transported into a world where the possibilities are endless!” Read more.

To listen, simply tune your HD capable radio to one of our HD2 channels or listen online at

HD Radio® is the newest form of radio, promising better quality and more program choices. You can buy an HD Radio to enjoy at home, or listen in your car, if your car is equipped with HD Radio. Many new cars come equipped from the factory with HD Radio including Subaru Forester, Audi, BMW, LandRover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Volkswagen, Volvo, and many Ford and Hyundai models.

How do I use HD Radio? Tune in to your All Classical Portland station and your HD Radio receiver will automatically lock in to the HD1 signal for our station. One notch over on the dial and you’re listening to our HD2 station.

Our HD2 channel is available at:
89.9 HD2 KQAC: Portland metro area, Vancouver, Beaverton, Salem, Wilsonville, Newberg, Gresham, Kalama, Longview/Kelso.
88.1 HD2 KQOC: Mid-north Oregon Coast, such as Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Depoe Bay, Salishan, Lincoln City, Neotsu.
88.1 HD2 KQHR: Columbia Gorge area, such as Cascade Locks, Hood River, White Salmon, Trout Lake, Lyle, Mosier, Parkdale.

Want to know more? Watch this video about HD Radio.

Want to buy an HD Radio? Here are our recommendations.
Insignia NS-HDRAD2 Tabletop HD Radio
Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio
Sangean HDR-14 HD
Stereo HD Radio SHD-T750

Note the efforts made to promote this secondary, alternative programming on one of KQAC‘s HD channels, plus detailed info about HD, some “how-to’s” & even some links to purchase & acquire equipment.  In addition, All Classical Portland is making this service available as a stream for those without HD gear.  Commercial broadcasters take note:  THIS is how you promote & draw listeners to your new second & third programming choices thanks to HD.  I also have secret hopes that this may entice our new generation to explore FREE over-the-air radio programming as opposed to the necessity of PAID Internet media offerings.

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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