WNYC-FM launches pureplay for Jonathan Schwartz

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:30pm

New York public radio station WNYC has long hosted Jonathan Schwartz, an American Songbook expert who has been called a national treasure in recognition of his vast knowledge of American standards, and his unique personal collection of recordings. Schwartz often demonstrates a seemingly bottomless knowledge of Frank Sinatra’s career. Here at the RAIN editorial office, we often turn to WNYC’s webcast on weekends for a dose of Jonathan Schwartz. Now WNYC’s new Internet station administers that dose at any time.

In an interesting pureplay, WNYC has launched a 24/7 stream called The Jonathan Channel. (Listen here.) Tom Taylor’s newsletter notes that Schwartz recently quit his shift at SiriusXM, so is now exclusively distributed by WNYC -- his weekly shows are broadcast on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. He has been a WNYC host for 14 years, so there is a deep archive of content for The Jonathan Channel to draw from.

There might be a trend afoot with 24/7 specialty stations derived from broadcast. Recently TuneIn announced a full-time rerun channel of public radio’s This American Life, which has an 18-year library.

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."

12/5: Clear Channel making iHeartRadio an aggregator with third-party programming

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:00am

Clear Channel continued to add programming from third-party sources (some might say "competitors") to to iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's platform for Internet radio, in December (here) when it brought in Cumulus' 570 radio station streams. This follows news from October when Clear Channel made available streams from EMF's K-Love and Air1 networks (here) and public radio WNYC/New York (here) on iHeartRadio.


Clear Channel adds WNYC to iHeartRadio

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

iHeartRadioClear Channel has added yet more third-party content to its iHeartRadio platform, this time from New York public radio station WNYC.

Clear Channel added Univision's stations to iHeartRadio in September (RAIN coverage here) and EMF's K-Love and Air1 networks arrived on the platform today (more here).

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