Industry trade TALKERS to launch 24/7 online radio channel, produced by Backbone Networks

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 12:10pm

Streaming technology provider Backbone Networks is behind the soon-to-launch TalkersRadio stream, which will be hosted by talk radio industry news source TALKERS magazine.

The 24-hour online radio station will be a "laboratory" / "farm system" / "showcase" for new concepts, talent, and shows for talk radio. In addition, the stream will carry TALKERS magazine live events like conferences, and a regular rotation of programming to give it "the feel and consistency" of a real radio station, according to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison.

The stream will also serve as a showcase for Backbone Networks itself, for its technology "that makes it extremely convenient and affordable for talk show hosts to do a fully produced program – with live callers and guests – from an amazingly simple technical remote and portable set up," according to the press release. The live (and archived) audio from RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April was produced by Backbone (and streamed on TuneIn). 

Read more on TalkersRadio here.

TuneIn, Backbone Networks live streaming conference until 6pm PT

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 11:55am

TuneIn and Backbone Networks are live streaming panels from the SF MusicTech conference today until 8pm CT (6pm PT) across three channels.

The streams are free to listen. The direct link to the audio is here (or simply search for "SF MusicTech" from any TuneIn product).

Some of the conference highlights that will be streamed (all times Pacific):

  • A conversation with Tim Westergren, Pandora, at 10:45am
  • A panel featuring Michael Franti at 4:30pm
  • Thomas Hutchings, TuneIn, discussing "The Connected Car" at 10:45am

TuneIn is the free online audio agggregation and tuning service that offers over 70,000 stations of music, sports, news, and current events from around the world. Backbone Networks creates "complete Internet radio stations" and networks of stations, taking care of the technical part of broadcasting. Backbone operates and hosts the largest network of college and high school noncommercial educational (NCE) radio stations, as well as public radio, commercial and sports radio stations.

Deal brings audio recording and time-shifting tech to IBS college and high school stations

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:25pm has partnered with Net radio platform provider Backbone Networks to provide time-shifting and recording technology to the nation's largest network of college and high school radio stations.

Now, Backbone announces, "sporting events, news and other community focused programs can be captured and then played back at a convenient time for listeners on PCs, smartphones or tablets making it accessible to a wider audience." (think "DVR," but with "A" for audio instead of "V" for video) is entrepreneur Michael Robertson's company which enables online radio listeners to schedule and record live content for listening at different times and/or on other devices (much like a DVR works for television). Robertson was a panelist at our recent RAIN Summit West event. See video of his panel (and all the Summit content) here.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System is a not-for-profit association of educational institution-based broadcasters and webcasters. Its IBS Student Radio Network is operated by Backbone Networks.

Read the press release here

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