Slacker partners with Univision in expansion of Latin programming

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:25am

Univision Radio is the leading audio network for Hispanic America, and music service Slacker announced today a partnership that will bring some of that content to the online listening platform.

The expanded lineup plan includes five terrestrial stations based in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Miami, and Houston. Slacker will also introduce Univision America, a “Slacker-hosted and expert-curated channel featuring a mix of highly-coveted talk content.” Univision America will be exclusive to Slacker Radio. Some or all of the live stations included in this partnership can also be found on TuneIn, but without the easy-to-find packaging that could draw Hispanic listeners into Slacker.

RAIN’s update of Slacker’s Android and iOS apps showed only Univision America available in Android, and all six channels in the Apple version. A new Univision menu item appears in both apps.

The exclusive Univision America channel is an important differentiator for Slacker, though cross-channel branding is confusing. iHeartRadio hosts a version of Univision America, with identical trademarking. Comparing simultaneous streams reveals different programming, but Slacker’s ownership of a unique show is not evident in the first version of Univision America in its mobile apps.

New TargetSpot VP/Radio Sales seasoned veteran of Univision, Katz Media Group

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:05pm

TargetSpot today announced that it has appointed Mitch Kline as its new Vice President of Radio Sales. Kline will lead the company's Internet radio ad sales initiatives "focused on broadcast budgets." He will oversee a team of national sales executives tasked with working with advertisers looking to incorporate digital audio into their buys.

Kline has more than 25 years of ad sales experience. He comes to TargetSpot from his previous position as EVP/Director of Sales for Univision Radio, where he oversaw all Univision network, national spot, and local sales. Prior to that, he spent 19 years with Katz Media Group in several senior sales management positions, and helped develop Katz’s first digital business unit.

Katz launches Unidos Digital Network for Hispanic online audio

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:10am

Katz 360 and Univision Radio National Sales (both divisions of Katz Media Group) have together launched the Unidos Digital Network, specializing in Hispanic online audio.

According to the company announcement, Unidos serves 83 million monthly impressions to three million unique users.

Katz 360 President Brian Benedik said, "Research shows that the Hispanic population has the highest usage with listening to radio online and downloading music. And as the fastest growing population segment — one out of every three Americans will be Hispanic by 2050 — clearly this is an incredible opportunity to reach an exploding marketplace."

Read more here.

Univision brings on former Clear Channel Radio and AOL Radio exec Evan Harrison

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 11:55am

Former Clear Channel Radio and AOL Music/AOL Radio exec Evan Harrison has been hired as EVP/Content & Entertainment for Univision Radio.

Harrison served as both EVP of Clear Channel Radio and president of Clear Channel Radio's digital division during his seven years with the company. His tenure included the launch of iheartradio. While there, he also served as CEO of A.P.E. (Artist Personal Experience) Radio, which provided a platform for artists like the Eagles and Christina Aguilera to produce online radio shows.

Prior to that, he was VP/GM of AOL Music and the AOL Radio Network. While in that capacity, Harrison keynoted one of the very first RAIN Summit events (flashback here).

Last September Clear Channel and Univision Radio announced a partnership to stream Univision station programming on the iHeartRadio platform (see RAIN coverage here).

IHeartRadio continues to aggregate non-CC streams with addition of Greater Media's 22

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Online streams of stations in the Greater Media broadcast group will soon be available on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform.
Clear Channel announced today Greater Media’s 22 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Detroit and New Jersey will be available on the iHeartRadio platform beginning in April. iHeartRadio already offers more than 800 broadcast and online-only radio stations from 150 markets, plus iHeartRadio's custom stations feature.

Last month (our coverage here) Clear Channel announced it would make 570 Cumulus stations available on its application. That followed the addition of EMF's K-Love and Air1 programming (here), public radio WNYC (here), and Univision (here).

Inside Radio recently reported (here) on radio executives calling for the industry "to collectively embrace a universal app where consumers can access all broadcast radio streams, not just those owned by one company."

Clear Channel, EMF to add K-Love and Air1 to iHeartRadio

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:00pm

iHeartRadioEMF's K-Love and Air1 networks will arrive in iHeartRadio on Monday, October 17. That means users of iHeartRadio's website and mobile apps will be able to stream EMF's music and programming.

The web radio platform already includes Clear Channel's more than 800 stations, 70 Univision stations (RAIN coverage here), and a Pandora-like custom radio service. 

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