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RAIN 5/5: Two Vegas stations to go Jelli 24/7

Posted on: 05/05/2011


“Crowd-sourced/social-gaming” radio platform Jelli announced today it will power 100% of the programming of two Las Vegas area terrestrial radio stations, beginning next month.

Under a multi-year agreement, Las Vegas market stations KHIJ-FM (owned by LKCM Radio Group) and Aurora Media’s KVBE-FM will host Jelli’s unique programming in which listeners are able to select, in real time, every song that plays, via the web and mobile phone.

Until now, Jelli-powered programming has been only a part-time feature of several terrestrial radio stations, such as in an evening or weekend slot. Markets with stations airing Jelli include Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Las Vegas, in June, will become the first market with not one, but two full-time terrestrial Jelli outlets. Jelli has at least 25 U.S. affiliates now.

KHIJ will run Jelli’s Rock service, KVBE will run Pop. Listeners will vote for songs, share using on Twitter and Facebook, and discuss in the forum the music playing. Listeners influence the playlist using “Rockets” and “Bombs”.

Jelli is based in San Mateo, CA, and was launched in 2009. Mike Dougherty is CEO.


Clear Channel chairman of media and entertainment platforms Bob Pittman has repeatedly said his company will build a Pandora-like radio service (RAIN coverage here and here). Pittman now tells the L.A. Times the service will arrive in late summer.

That’s in spite of the fact that Pandora “is not really radio,” according to Pittman. “It’s not curated. It’s more like a playlist that you put on shuffle…That said, Pandora is a nice feature.”

Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media disagrees. He writes in a new blog post, “Maybe instead of choosing the denial route about Pandora, broadcast radio operators ought to go to school about this brand and what it means to consumers…Instead of debating what Pandora is – and what it isn’t – isn’t it time to get serious about understanding what it does, what it means to consumers, and what it could be down the road?”

You can read Jacobs’ blog post here and find the L.A. Times interview with Pittman here.


Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin revealed the company now has over 20.5 million subscribers in his first-quarter conference call. That’s up 9% from last year.

He also said a price increase is headed subscribers’ way this fall. It will be “more than inflation…it would be something that would be compensating the company for its investment in content.” For more on the story, read Radio-Info’s coverage here.

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