What does the PTY button on my car's radio do

"PTY" stands for "Programme Type", which indicates the type of programme material carried. It's an identification number to be transmitted with each program item and which is intended to specify the current Program Type from 31 possible choices. This code can be used for search tuning.

The PTY can search for radio stations via Music Mode or Speech Mode networks. Music Mode categorizes music into News, Affairs, Info, Sports, Education, Drama, Culture, Science and others. Speech Mode categorizes music into News, Affairs, Info, Sports, Education, Drama, Culture, Science and Varied.

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Updated on Monday, July 06 2015 at 11:59AM EDT
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