PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire -06/14/12)- A trio of major U.S. broadcasters today joined dozens of other top broadcasters in forming a strategic alliance with TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to music, sports, news and comedy from the world. Through this relationship, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (BBGI), Midwest Communications, Inc. and Federated Media extend their audience bases to the more than 30 million monthly active listeners on TuneIn.
"We want to make the best audio available to anyone, no matter where they are," said John Donham, CEO, TuneIn. "Aligning with Beasley Broadcast Group, Midwest Communications and Federated Media gives our listeners unlimited access to some of their favorite hometown stations, while increasing the listener bases of these three major U.S. broadcasters."
"This alliance with TuneIn is extremely exciting for Beasley. By placing our stations on TuneIn, our company gains access to an additional distribution platform and the accompanying opportunity to engage a new group of listeners located literally around the world," said Caroline Beasley, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. "There is also a benefit for existing Beasley listeners as TuneIn provides access to their favorite local radio stations from afar; this is something we see happening more frequently and is certainly something we want to encourage."
With 105 stations collectively, Beasley Broadcast Group, Midwest Communications, Inc. and Federated Media broadcast unique music, sports, news and talk programming to large, midsize and small markets across the U.S. Additional information about each company includes:
- Beasley Broadcast Group -- Founded in 1961, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. is a top 10 radio broadcasting company that owns and operates 44 stations serving 11 large- and mid-size markets in the United States, including Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia. Popular stations such as WQAM/Miami, Power 96/Miami, Sunny 106/Fort Myers, KKLZ Greatest Hits/Las Vegas, 102.7 The Coyote/Las Vegas, AM 720 KDWN/Las Vegas, Wired 96.5/Philadelphia and 92.5 WXTU Philadelphia's Country Station, are accessible via TuneIn.
- Midwest Communications, Inc. -- Over 40 stations across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan are available for TuneIn listeners. These stations cover various music formats as well as news, talk and sports. Stations include WJXQ/Michigan, WIXX/Wisconsin, WIBQ/Illinois and WMGI/Indiana.
- Federated Media -- An independent, family owned company that offers innovative multi-media products, Federated Media aims to provide the highest quality form of information, entertainment and advertising to its listeners, viewers, advertisers and employees. TuneIn listeners can enjoy a variety of programming from all 14 Federated Media stations such as the legendary WOWO News Talk 92.3 in Fort Wayne, WBYT (B100) in South Bend and WRSW-FM in Warsaw.
"At Midwest Communications, Inc., we've received numerous requests from our radio brands' listeners asking how they can listen to our content via mobile phone streaming," added Michael Wright, SVP, Midwest Communications, Inc. "Our new alliance with TuneIn allows us to give our listeners exactly what they want, their favorite personalities and music, whenever they want, wherever they want. TuneIn gives Midwest Communications, Inc. another way to super serve and grow our audience."
Listeners can check out their favorite stations and shows from these top broadcasters and discover new programming through 150 different TuneIn platforms including smartphone apps, connected vehicle dashboards, Internet home entertainment systems and online at www.tunein.com. TuneIn Radio and TuneIn Radio Pro are the only audio streaming apps that have a 4.5 or 5 star rating on every mobile platform, worldwide.
TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are. TuneIn offers more than 60,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. The company's mobile apps are ranked in the top five in the App Store's Music category across 82 countries and territories. The company raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in late 2010 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, Calif.
- Beasley Broadcast Group
- Midwest Communications
- Federated Media