RAIN 12/5: Clear Channel adds Cumulus' 570 stations to iHeartRadio

Michael Schmitt
December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

iHeartRadio's growing networkClear Channel and Cumulus today announced a partnership that brings Cumulus' 570 radio station streams to iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's platform for Internet radio. It could a big step towards making iHeartRadio an Internet radio aggregator, as well as a source for original content.

Cumulus will even advertise the iHeartRadio service on-air and feature a link to the platform on all of its websites.

iHeartRadio already offers streams from Univision, New York public radio station WNYC and EMF's K-Love and Air1 networks (RAIN coverage here, here and here). It also features more than 800 Clear Channel radio station streams and Pandora-like personalized artist- and song-based streams.

In return, Clear Channel will advertise Cumulus Media's SweetJack daily deals (think Groupon or Living Social). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to the New York Times.

Clear Channel was ranked #2 in Triton Digital's October Domestic Mon-Sun 6a-12m Webcast Metrics ranker (behind Pandora), while Cumulus ranked #4 (behind CBS Radio; RAIN coverage here).

You can find more on the story from the companies' press release here and the New York Times here.

Paul Maloney
December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

Radio One logoRadio One now has a deal with a mobile company called Toura, a platform provider for content rich smartphone and tablet-based applications.

Toura logo

According to the press release, Radio One stations can now offer local advertisers exposure on digital app media as part of an integrated buy with traditional on-air. The first app to come out of the new partnership was for CIAA, an athletic conference for historically black colleges and universities. The app was developed for the CIAA championship basketball tournament, coming up in February in Charlotte, NC.

Other Toura clients for mobile and tablet apps include publishers Dennis Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, as well as the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the British Library.

Radio One is the leading U.S. urban radio company. It owns 54 broadcast stations in 16 markets.

Michael Schmitt
December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

AntennaAntenna is a free Adobe AIR application for your desktop computer that maps out Internet radio stations from around the world. You can also browse via country flags, genre and search.

You can listen to each station from within the app, as well as rate streams and chat with other users.

In sum, Antenna is a visually-enticing way to discover new radio stations from around the world. BetaNews.com has more coverage here.

Paul Maloney
December 5, 2011 - 11:15am

Nook in Jeep dashboardWe've seen people attach an iPad to their car's dashboard for an easy-to-access mobile web interface, but a Nook (the Barnes & Noble e-book reader -- their counterpart to Amazon's Kindle)? 

Lifehacker reports that XDA Developers forum member "craigbru" has done it, and has a how-to guide for installing and mounting a Nook Color in the car, for both entertainment and to monitor the engine (and hopefully not for reading!). For the diagnostics, he's using a device called a Bluetooth OBD-II reader and an Android app called Torque. And, you can see he's loaded up Slacker for music (the Nook is an Android-based tablet platform).

Read more in Lifehacker, and the XDA Developers forum.