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Smart Speakers Are Changing Listening Habits
New surveys from NPR and Edison Research confirm continued and rapid increases in ownership of voice-activated smart speakers,and reinforce the increasing impact these devices are having on consumer behavior across a variety of technologies and platforms. One-in-six Americans now has a Smart Speaker (16%), up 128% More

Cumulus Launches Custom Amazon Alexa Skills Network
Cumulus Media has launched Amazon Alexa skills for 300 local radio stations, popular Westwood One brands, plus the leading dedicated Christmas Radio Skill, Christmas Radio. The move marks the largest collection of custom skills available with Amazon Alexa in the U.S. This week has been the kick off of a national More

Study Reveals Smart Speaker Sales Set to Surge
Jacobs Media
Jacobs Media
Detroit-based research and consulting firms Jacobs Media Strategies and jacapps, along with partner Sonic Ai, have revealed details from a new national online study showing that one in five (20%) respondents ages 13 and older with Internet access plan to purchase a voice-controlled smart speaker such as an Amazon Echo More

WTOP Launches App to Serve the DC Metro Region
WTOP/Washington, DC, launches a new app for both Apple and Android devices. The app provides a streamlined experience of the latest news, traffic and weather information important to the DC region through an user-focused approach. The app offers many custom features, including personalized news feeds based on a user's More

TuneIn Appoints Holly Lim as CFO
Holly Lim
Holly Lim
TuneIn has named Holly Lim as their new Chief Financial Officer. Lim will be based out of TuneIn headquarters in San Francisco and oversee finance, legal, HR, workplace and corporate development. "We're thrilled to add Holly to the executive team," said John Donham, CEO. "Holly's experience in consumer subscription More

Radio Leads Music Discovery, On-demand Closes Gap
Integr8 Research has published the third in a series exploring how changing technology impacts radio listening and new music consumption. The good news is that local FM radio stations remain the leading source for 15- to 39-year-old listeners to learn about new music. Unfortunately, radio no longer wins that by a landslide as More

Study: Radio Usage High Among Smart Speaker Users
In part II of The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, 40% of Smart Speaker owners say that devices such as the Amazon Echo and the Google Home have had an impact on their lives. The study of 1,620 Adults 18+ via online survey -- consisting of 800 Smart Speaker owners and 820 non-owners -- found that 44% agree that More

Report: Smartspeakers Could Bring Radio Back Home
In a blog post, Integr8 Research's Matt Bailey examines how changing technology is impacting radio listening outside the car. He gives creedence that while clock radios, stereos and Walkmans disappear, smartspeaker devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home have given new hope to programmers for bringing local radio back More

iHR Integrates w/Google's Assistant-Enabled Hardware
iHeartRadio is now integrated with Google's new assistant-enabled hardware: Google Home Mini, Google Home Max and Google Pixel Buds. These integrations enables iHeartRadio users to use voice commands to request live radio stations and control playback (play, stop and skip) and volume. The Google Home Mini and Google Home Max More

XAPPmedia App Builds Alexa Skills in 5 Minutes
XAPPmedia launches Voice Radio, a self-service offering that enables radio stations to build Amazon Alexa skills online in five minutes. From there, XAPPmedia reviews and tests the skills and when ready, submits them to Amazon for certification. The whole process takes about one week until the skill is live. Voice Radio is More

CBS Radio Launches New Streaming App
CBS Radio launches a new version of its free streaming mobile app, The app features a new look and logo, now with higher streaming quality. The app allows users to listen to a live stream of their favorite local radio stations with the added capability of searching for other CBS Radio outlets by location or genre. More

WOPN Welcomes ViewPoint with ''Bakari Sellers''
Bakari Sellers
Bakari Sellers
Westwood One inks a podcast partnership with activist, attorney and former Congressman Bakari Sellers. "ViewPoint with Bakari Sellers" debuts Wednesday, September 20 with former Presidential candidate, Senator, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his first guest. The Westwood One Podcast Network will More

Podcast Listeners Reveal Secrets About Ad Loads
Westwood One's just released Podcast Download Fall 2017 Report takes a look at the consumption habits of podcast listeners and discovered some major takeaways on their tolerance for advertising within the on-demand space. The report is an in-depth examination of multiple podcast touchpoints such as at how many commercials More

Radio Show Features Latest In-Vehicle Technology
The 2017 Radio Show Marketplace will feature a 2017 Ford Focus demonstrating the top three solutions for linking a driver's smartphone with their auto dash. These include SmartDeviceLink (SDL) -- a neutral platform that works for all top smartphone models, CarPlay -- Apple's link for iPhones and Android Auto -- Google's link More

Spotify Free Users Can Now Listen on Google Home
Premium Spotify users have been able to access the service through Google Home with a simple "Ok Google, Play Spotify." Now both Spotify's Free and Premium users are able to use Google Home to access the service in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. This marks the first time that Spotify has been available to More

NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming App
NextRadio has announced the launch of an iOS version of its free app for iPhone mobile device users. This is the first time FM stations will be available through a single app to Apple users. The TagStation-owned NextRadio app allows listeners to remain connected with any city or community while on the go. The free app allows More

NPR Rolls Out News Everywhere Strategy this Summer
NPR announces that this summer the radio network is taking steps to move forward in its "news everywhere" strategy utitlizing "Smart Speakers," "NPR One in TV, Phone and Car" and "NPR News Now Podcast and Twitter." According to eMarketer, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated smart speakers at least once a month More

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