Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Throw your old radio out the window…

….and replace it with a Blackberry, G1, Iphone or Ipod Touch because radio-as-we-know-it is bypassing many of the old standbys (car tuner, clock radio or portable boombox) once used to spread its signal.

Today, another Boston radio station announced that is now accessible on Apple’s Iphone or Ipod Touch. WFNX 101.7FM has joined the quickly growing field of terrestrial radio stations trying to reach the segment of its audience via constantly-evolving new media platforms.

A number of local stations already available on Iphone/Itouch or other smartphones like Blackberry or T-Mobile's G1. Clear Channel's WXKS/Kiss 108 and WJMN/Jamn 94-5 are on Iphones via its parent company's partnership with IHearRadio.com. Local CBS Radio stations(WBZ AM 1030, WODS 103.3FM, WBMX 98.5FM, WZLX 100.7FM and WBCN 104.1FM) are also available on iPhone as part of a huge content deal with AOL. In addition, Entercom has partnered with FlyCast to make its three Boston stations(WEEI, WAAF and Mike-FM) heard on Iphones and other smartphones. Lastly, with Jacobs Media’s JacApps listeners can directly access Greater Media’s WBOS 92.9FM without browsing thru long lists of radio stations around the country.

Here’s WFNX’s press release on its new media partnership :

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
WFNX PARTNERS WITH RADIOLICIOUS TO BRING STREAMING FREE TO YOUR IPHONE


Boston, MA – WFNX and Radiolicious are now streaming WFNX 101.7fm & 92.1fm to all iPhone users completely FREE. As one of the innovators of the radio / media industry WFNX continues its trend setting ways by teaming up with Radiolicious at no cost to users.

How does it work: iPhone users visit their application store and download Radiolicious for free onto their iPhones. Once installed users can search for WFNX and be connected to the stations stream anywhere their phone has service.

About WFNX:
The FNX Radio Network is part of a consortium of three alternative radio stations owned by the privately held Phoenix Media / Communications Group. WFNX-FM (101.7FNX)/ Boston , MA ; WFEX-FM (92.1FNX) / Manchester , NH and WPHX-FM (92.1FNX) / Portsmouth , NH form the network. FNX Radio also owns WPHX-AM (ESPN1220) in Sanford , ME an ESPN affilia ted sports station. Its parent company, The Phoenix Media/Communications Group also owns and operates the Boston Phoenix newspaper along with other New England newspapers, magazines and specialty publications such as the Portland Phoenix and Providence Phoenix newspapers and Stuff at Night magazine.

About Radiolicous:
Now mobile radio listeners have a new way to tune-in local radio stations, anywhere their iPhone® or iPod Touch® is connected. Thanks to Radiolicious®, a new native application player developed by MySimBook, broadcasters who stream their signal online can expand their local listener base, potentially by millions, and realize new revenue streams from mobile awareness-based advertising. Though it is just a smiley face with headphones resting on an iPhone® or iPod Touch® screen Radiolicious represents a spectrum of features to attract and enliven a growing market of young people who are getting accustomed to having a mobile mall of new, entertaining and interactive content on their portable devices. This is particularly optimistic for radio, since a January 2008 study by M: Metrics showed that 74.1% of iPod owners listened to music on a mobile phone. Now those users, and others, will be able to pick from thousands of radio stations, playing every kind of music. What is probably going to surprise iPhone® users and broadcasters is the cost of having Radiolicious: Free. MySimBook foots the bill. Users simply link to iTunes® and download the application player. Radio stations receive all of the hardware, software and set-up at no cost, just paying a low monthly service fee to be in system. As everybody knows economics dictate that somebody, eventually, has to pay. It is behavioral characteristics of young consumers that are creating the commerce in mobile phones and Radiolicious® seeks to amplify the trend. As the data shows, transition from iPod® players to iPhone® has been rapid and broadly spread. Ever-evolving technologies have built-in expectations for target consumers that their familiar features will be available and at their fingertips. The abilities to join a community through shared user profiles, interact with social users via text and chat, interact with radio stations, enter contests, bookmark favorite stations, browse music genres, subscribe to content and make music purchases are incorporated into the Radiolicious® application


BRW Notebook :

Local rock for kids : Next Saturday(1/31), WBOS-FM/Radio 92.9FM is holding a local rock event for charity. WBOS will sponsor "Boston Bands for Boston Kids" at the Hard Rock Cafe in Quincy Market to raise money for Camp Harborview.

“We wanted to offer our help with raising funds for Camp Harbor View in a way that celebrates Boston's best,” said Radio 929 Program Director Dana Marshall. “These three bands are a perfect representation of hard work, talent, and generosity. The idea is to enjoy some great live music while helping to provide a safe haven for Boston kids at risk.”

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. For more information, please visit
www.MyRadio929.com.

Thursday is Curt in the Car Day in Boston : Taking another step closer to becoming former-jock-turned-media personality, forever-the-Red Sox hero Curt Schilling will now become the regular fixture on WEEI AM 850. Today's press release from Entercom Boston announced that Schill will be joining the station every Thursday starting this week(1/22). One Thursday each mouth, Schilling will be live in studio for all four hours of "The Big Show with Glenn "Big O" Ordway." The other Thursdays, he'll be doing his "Curt In the Car" bit on the cellphone either calling into "The Big Show" or "Dennis and Callahan" in the AM drive. This past November, Schilling moved to his 38 Pitches blog to www.weei.com where is also a contributor. Read more on the Boston Globe's Red Sox blog or Boston Sports Media Watch.

Wah...wah..wah : Down the hall from WEEI, there is some drama going on. If there was an Academy Award for the best crybaby role, WRKO's Tom Finneran would probably win it hands down. As mentioned here in the last update(BRW 1/19), WRKO's morning co-host Tom Finneran failed in his attempt to receive Presidential pardon this past week. But the Globe's piece this morning makes it sound like Finneran is crying big tears to everyone who will listen..even the President of the United States..about how much grief he's been getting, especially at his own station, for breaking the law.

"They also said he had "suffered daily taunts and ridicule" from those who feel every elected official is a "common thief."

Much of that ridicule comes from Finneran's fellow WRKO talk show host, Howie Carr, who is unrelenting in his on-air attacks on the former speaker."



3 comments:

Mario said...

WonderRadio on the iPhone allows you to listen to many Boston stations, including some of the HD stations.

Anonymous said...

Go Howie Go. Make his life miserable. He deserves it.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't come fast enough for WFNX, their ratings are tanking worse than before.