RAIN 8/11: DAR.fm, which enables "time-shifted" radio listening, ranks top programs from more than 16,000 shows
TOP TALK, MUSIC RANKINGS SORTABLE BY SUB-CATEGORY AND REGIONDAR.fm, the “DVR for radio” online service launched by noted entrepreneur Michael Robertson, now ranks radio programs based on popularity among DAR.fm users.
NPR programs Fresh Air and All Things Considered hold the top two spots on the talk show list, respectively, followed by Rush Limbaugh and Dennis Miller. The top music show is World Cafe, followed by Morning Becomes Eclectic.
DAR.fm automatically records radio programs online, much like a DVR or TiVo automatically records your favorite TV shows. Users can listen to the recorded shows online or on devices from Roku, Squeezebox, Grace Digital and AR Infinite.
ELVIS DURAN GROUP LAUNCHES DIGITAL DIVISION WITH NEW HIREThe Elvis Duran Group (EDG) has created a new Digital division and appointment Kathleen Heaney as Digital Director. Heaney will oversee the ElvisDuran.com website, which will include a video channel to feature exclusive content from the syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” (and more). She’ll also be responsible for a daily fan newsletter.
Duran’s show is based in New York at Z100. It’s syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks in more than 40 markets. FMQB has more coverage here.
EUROPEAN STUDY: AM/FM LISTENING GENERALLY DECLINING AS WEB SERVICES MAKE GAINSA new study from the European Broadcsting Union provides interesting insights into radio trends among several European countries. The big take-away? “Radio listening via broadcast AM/FM networks is declining,” especially among young listeners, while usage of Internet music services increases. Find the study’s executive summary here (PDF).
MULTIBRAND MEDIA INT’L PARTNERS WITH COVER MEDIA TO DELIVER LIFESTYLE CONTENT TO RADIO WEBSITESFormer radio execs David Pearlman and Bill Pasha, through new company MultiBrand Media International, will distribute lifestyle web content from Cover Media to radio station websites through Dial-Global. Radio Ink has more coverage here.
In related news, ABC News Radio last week announced it would provide news content to radio station websites (RAIN coverage here).
TRITON LICENSES FRAUNHOFFER IIS SURROUND SOUND CODECSTriton Digital’s streaming division has licensed Fraunhoffer IIS’ surround sound codecs for Internet streams. Triton plans to use the codecs in its online audio streams (the company owns StreamTheWorld). All Access has more coverage here.
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