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One of the key elements of RDS is that it is possible to identify the type of station.
Each RDS transmission carries and RDS PTY code, and this indicates the "Programme TYpe".
The RDS PTY code has a given value and this indicates the type of programme material carried.
The RDS PTY codes have slightly different categorisations dependent upon whether the stations are in Europe or North America. For Europe the RDS Forum developed the standards, whereas within North America the system is known as the RBDS, Radio Broadcast Data System. When the RBDS standard was developed, no attempt was made to match the original RDS plan for PTY type numbers.
|RDS PTY Code||RDS Programme Type|
|0||No programme type defined||No programme type defined|
|10||Popular Music (Pop)||Country Music|
|11||Rock Music||Oldies (Music)|
|12||Easy Listening||Soft Music|
|16||Weather||Rhythm & Blues|
|17||Finance||Soft Rhythm & Blues|
|19||Social Affairs||Religious Music|
|24||Jazz Music||Not assigned|
|25||Country Music||Not assigned|
|26||National Music||Not assigned|
|27||Oldies Music||Not assigned|
|28||Folk Music||Not assigned|
|30||Alarm Test||Emergency Test|