Shizam, 97.9 is running 4 HD's. 103.9 is running 4 HD's last time I checked. Most of the full signals from downtown have dropped all HD except for HD1.
You might not like EMF but a) they are not bankrupt b) they are commercial free c) they are reaching their audiences. 🤷🏻♂️
Example: WGN-AM has no FM counterpart. Their lifespan is a handful of years if they do not migrate to FM, as they will have no younger demos to come in and replace the older ones dying off. Couldn't they have bought one of the translators to feed it off of Trump Tower and get some FM coverage? Of course not, so you have EMF controlling the game. Again how can you blame them? Their pockets are full and no one else is buying.
I can hear most Chicago here in HD. The hardest HD signals to lock are any that are sandwiched between two frequencies. Examples are 105.9 with WMIL on 106.1 and Audacy's translator on 105.7. Used to be able to get WTMX's HD signal here until a translator signed on on 101.7.
96.9 WWDV's HD must be at super low power. They shut off the HD-2. Sometimes I can get WDRV's HD to blink, even lock on 97.1 even with 96.9 right down the road. A lot of HD Radios, especially the Sony ones were made with selectivity in mind.
The suburban signals are hit or miss. A good opening will bring in 103.9 WAWY. Usually in the spring 94.3 will boom in here loud and clear, especially at night. 105.5 always comes in except when WLJE is coming in during enhancement from the lake. WERV comes in every so often. Not as much as it used to.