New iHeartRadio feature adds local news content to Custom Stations

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 12:10pm

Clear Channel today introduced a feature to iHeartRadio that allows listeners to add local news, weather, and traffic content to their "Custom Stations" streams.

The new feature is called "Add-Ins," and uses content from Clear Channel broadcast properties.

"Custom Stations" is the iHeartRadio feature that allows listeners to generate personalized audio streams based on their personal music preferences (a la Pandora).

Once the listener has enabled the feature in Account Settings, "Add-Ins" will automatically pinpoint their location -– or users can set an alternate location by entering a zip code under the manual "Add-Ins" settings.

Sandy: The next day

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 10:00am

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of our readers and colleagues affected by the storm in the eastern part of the United States. We hope you and your loved ones are safe, and that life and business can quickly return to normal.

Mobile app Buzzam creates "custom radio" of sorts by combining music with local news and social media content

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 1:10pm

Buzzam Radio (at is a new mobile app that can add local news and weather to your music listening (either local files or services like Spotify and Rdio), plus other nonmusical content (think Twitter and Facebook updates) to create "an audio stream customized for each user."

Buzzam, according to president/COO Greg Starling, was made in response to the shortcomings of Internet radio. "The problem with Internet radio services is that they omit critical elements of radio, like news, weather, commentary and other entertainment."

The app is in the iTunes store (there's no desktop version of the service). According to, news options include BBC, NPR, CBS, NBC and Fox. You can also add podcasts to the stream. A "robot voice" reads your social media updates and local weather.

Read more in Wired here.

Web radio service plays music based on what the weather's like

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:30am

WeatherMusicWell, as points out this is clearly "not the way we will all listen to all of our music in the future," but it's a fun idea nonetheless. WeatherMusic is a radio-like service that plays tunes based on the current weather.

It uses Rdio to serve up tunes (so you'll need a susbcription to hear anything but 30-second previews of songs), but the says the playlist is "fairly appropriate." Plus, the service actually tells you the weather, which is more than what you can say for most Internet radio services!

You can find WeatherMusic here, its iOS app here and's coverage here.

Clear Channel domain purchases may reveal plan to make you "heart" traffic & weather

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:00am

The website reported yesterday that Clear Channel has registered the domains "" and "" (prompting RAIN's Michael Schmitt to ask, "Does anyone 'heart' traffic?"). 

The domains obviously fit the theme of the media group's iHeartRadio service. Clear Channel purchased the "" domain in 2007, which, if you type it in to a browser's address bar, resolves to "" (which the company just acquired this past February). Presumably, this is indicative of a strategy in which the company hopes to make you "heart" so much more than just "radio" (like "traffic" or "weather"... but not "sports," at least not yet: CC reportedly does not yet own "").

Clear Channel this week announced that its two-month old customizable ("Pandora-like," if you will) stations will remain commercial-free until April 1 (in RAIN here). This move earned them at least one fan: The Motley Fool's Rick Munarriz. He wrote: "Stretching the commercial-free window is a bolder move than you think. It would seem to devalue its flagship terrestrial streaming feature, encouraging music-hungry -- and comedy-hungry -- smartphone owners and drivers to go the customized route sans ads... Clear Channel's decision to forgo near-term profits for long-term results is a brilliant move, and everyone else should be taking notes."

Read the entire piece from TheDomains here (hat-tip to Digitally Imported's Ari Shohat); from The Motley Fool here.


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