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RAIN 7/21: San Francisco Chronicle launches 6-channel Net radio station

Posted on: 07/21/2011

CUSTOMIZABLE SFGATE RADIO FOCUSES ON LOCAL MUSIC, POWERED BY PAY-TO-PLAY STARTUP EARBITS

SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, has launched a multi-channel customizable Internet radio station focused on local music. The station, dubbed SFGate Radio, is powered by start-up Earbits.

SFGate Radio will play local artists and artists with shows scheduled in the Bay Area, Billboard reports.

The station offers six different streams, each focusing on a different genre (Rock, Hard Rock, Jazz, Folk and Electronic, for example). Users can skip and rate songs.

You can listen to SFGate Radio here and read more coverage from Billboard here.

Earbits, the webcaster powering SFGate Radio, made headlines earlier this year for allowing artists to pay for airplay. “We’re a marketing company cleverly designed as a radio platform,” Earbits co-founder and CEO Joey Florez told Billboard. Find our original coverage — and find out why Earbits isn’t the first to try pay-to-play options online — right here.

VERIZON ADDS PANDORA TO FiOS TV SERVICE

Earlier this week Verizon made Pandora available to its FiOS TV customers in California, Texas and Virginia — with other markets apparently getting the service soon.

Verizon’s FiOS TV service is basically cable TV delivered through fiber-optic cables. Verizon also offers telephone and Internet services through the FiOS system.

Though Verizon says this is the first time a major cable operator has added Pandora’s service, the webcaster has long been available on TVs via web-connected devices from Roku, Boxee and many others. Find Verizon’s press release here.

NEW WIRELESS SPEAKERS ROCK WITH WEB RADIO

Two new eye-grabbing wireless speakers both support Internet radio streams. The Sonos Play:3 (which we’ve got glimpses of before) is now official. It costs $300 and supports a host of web music services, including Pandora, Rdio, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, Spotify, TuneIn, MOG and Sirius XM. Find out more here.

Elsewhere, Klipsch has debuted a sleek AirPlay-enabled soundbar speaker called the Gallery G-17 Air. Apple’s AirPlay system allows you to wirelessly stream music to the speaker, including most any Internet radio app for iPhones or iPads. Find out more here.

ONE YEAR LATER, PHILLY WEBCAST SALUTING DEFUNCT Y100 STILL STREAMING

Philadelphia’s alternative rock station Y100 (100.3FM) was shut down in 2005, but an Internet radio webcast continues its legacy. Run by former Y100 on-air talent Josh T. Landow, Y-Not Radio began in 2010 and is still online. Though their audience is modest, Landow says “It’s just nice to know someone’s listening.” You can read more from Philly.com here and find Y-Not Radio here.

Lately there’s been news of Chicago’s Q101 and New York’s WRXP living on as Internet radio streams. Find our coverage here and here.



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