Clear Channel Unveils 'iHeartRadio Talk'
July 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT is unveiling “iHEARTRADIO TALK," a new service including customizable spoken-word-content streaming as well as partnering with SPREAKER to allow users to record their own content for possible inclusion among the offerings in the official channel library.
The service is being launched in beta form on the web TODAY and will be fully functional on the iOS and Android apps in SEPTEMBER, and will include a customizable "Daily Pulse" channel with news and culture highlights.
“Talk radio listeners are some of the most dedicated and engaged listeners in the world, and now with iHEARTRADIO TALK, we are giving those listeners access to their favorite talk content anywhere they are,” said President of Digital BRIAN LAKAMP. “Plus, for the first time ever, listeners who have been accepted into the iHEARTRADIO TALK library will be able to record and instantly share their perspective on any topic they choose – it’s basically like offering ‘audio Twitter.’ We are giving a voice to the everyman, and at the same time are enabling iHEARTRADIO users to discover and enjoy thousands of ‘audiosodes’ from the best talent around the country – something only CLEAR CHANNEL is able to offer.”
“We’re excited that millions of ABC TV viewers will have the opportunity through iHEARTRADIO to keep connected to their favorite ABC programs and personalities,” said STEVE JONES, Vice President and General Manager of ABC RADIO. “From ABC NEWS segments to exclusive content from ‘GMA’, ‘JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE’ and ‘THE VIEW,’ iHEARTRADIO extends the digital reach of ABC so that whether you’re on your couch or in your car, your favorite ABC audio content always is at your fingertips.”
"iHEARTRADIO TALK not only opens up non-music content to the digital consumers at a scale that only CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT can deliver, but it also opens up a powerful new advertising platform on digital for those advertisers who understand the power of talk, information and news," said CCM+E Chairman and CEO JOHN HOGAN. "We look forward to applying the creativity of our advertising partners to this new untapped digital content and platform."
Content partners for the service include ABC NEWS, FOX SPORTS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA, HUFFPOST LIVE, TMZ, JILLIAN MICHAELS, ADAM CAROLLA, MASHABLE, and BLOOMBERG.