In 1992, WMVT in Milwaukee tested a full power digital signal. They were among the earliest in the country to do it, if not one of the first. These tests continued with other stations..
In 1996, WRAL in Ralegh went full time with it. In 1998 TVs with the proper tuners began to hit the shelves. They were very expensive.
Up until at least 2008, unless you wanted to buy an expensive flat screen HDTV, the majority of the TVs being sold were analog. With the switchover in 2009, this is when DTV tuners became the norm in the common TV.
That's about how long that took. Right now we're basically in the phase just before the very expensive HDTVs hit the shelf in the late 90s.
Stations began broadcasting HD signals in the early-mid 2000s. WVAZ and WNUA were among the first. WKSC as well. They were broadcasting in HD by 2003. There were no radios available to the public at the time as far as I know.
2005 is when WJMK flipped to Jack FM and the Oldies format was moved to HD-2. There was maybe one or two HD Radios available (If even) and they were very expensive and reception was bad. 2006 is when they started rolling more them out and marketing the technology.
That hype and marketing faded, however HD Radio is now commonplace in cars to this day.
Depending on how quickly ATSC 3.0 equipment rolls out, comes down in price, and stations sign on, You'll probably be watching these in the mid 2020s. If you have a lot of money to spend, maybe next year.
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