Traug Keller

Update to ESPN Radio iPhone app brings healthy dose of new features, iPad-only version

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:20pm

ESPN Radio iPhone appAs announced at RAIN Summit West 2012, ESPN Radio today updated its iOS mobile apps with new features, including the ability to rewind up to an hour of live programming on some ESPN stations.

The app also offers the ability to create custom sports radio stations, of a sort. Users can enter in up to 5 keywords (like "Chicago Cubs" or "Patrick Kane"), and the app will automatically offer up related shows, podcasts and other content.

Other updates include improved sound quality, faster connections and notifications about ESPN Radio programs. Users can also now cache stations for offline listening, as well as shows, podcasts and other on-demand content.

The update includes a new iPad-only version of the app. The new ESPN Radio app is free, but after 14 days listening to live streams and the custom "My Stations" feature costs $5 to use.

In our experience, it took quite a while to just sign up for an account on ESPN Radio -- a necessary step before getting to any content. After several errors and a reboot of our device, we finally were able to listen to some radio. From there things were smooth sailing. The app is jam-packed with content and various ways to quickly find audio that interests you, whether you're looking for local info or content about specific teams or players.

You can find the app from the iTunes Store here. All Things Digital has more coverage here.

ESPN Radio SVP/Production & Business Divisions Traug Keller revealed details of this app update at RAIN Summit West 2012 in April (RAIN coverage here).

ESPN says their Android mobile app will be updated in June and an app for Windows Phone will arrive in summer. The company also says their app has been downloaded 740,000 times since launching more than two years ago.

Eleventh annual conference in Las Vegas to be keynoted by ESPN SVP Traug Keller

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:00am

RAIN Summit West 2012This year's RAIN Summit West -- Internet radio's premiere educational and networking event -- will feature ESPN Senior Vice President Traug Keller as keynote speaker.

The Summit will be Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas, immediately preceding this spring's NAB Show (please note that this is the first year the Summit will be held on a Sunday). RAIN Summit West, now in its 11th year, will take place at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

The Summit's keynote speaker, Traug Keller (pictured), oversees all aspects of ESPN Audio. Under Keller’s leadership, ESPNRadio.com became the most listened to live stream ESPN SVP Traug Kellerof any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than three million unique users per month. In another highlight of the event, Kurt Hanson will present his “State of the Industry” address on the future of radio in this age of new media.

The Summit will feature a variety of other speakers and panelists, including Entercom VP of Digital Tim Murphy, Pandora SVP of Sales Steven Kritzman, and Slacker CEO Jim Cady. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West concludes with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

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