Radio.com

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Radio.com
TypeInternet radio
Music recommender system
Country
United States
HeadquartersBala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
OwnerEntercom
Launch date
July 2010; 9 years ago (2010-07)
AffiliationEntercom
Bonneville International
Cox Media Group
Bloomberg L.P.
CNN/WarnerMedia
Official website
radio.com

Radio.com is a free broadcast and Internet radio platform owned by Entercom. Radio.com functions as a music recommender system and is the national umbrella brand for Entercom's radio network aggregating its over 235 local Entercom radio stations across the United States. In addition, the service includes thousands of podcasts. It was originally created by CBS Radio and was acquired by Entercom as part of the company's takeover of CBS Radio. The service's main competitors are rival station group iHeartMedia's iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Radio.com is available online, via mobile devices, and devices such as Chromecast.

History[edit]

Radio.com logo used 2017-2018.

The radio.com domain was formerly owned by CNET Networks, which purchased it and tv.com from the nonprofit Internet Multicasting Service for $30,000 in 1996.[1] CNET, and in turn the radio.com domain, was acquired by CBS Corporation (the parent company of CBS Radio at the time) in 2008.[2]

Radio.com launched on July 16, 2010 under CBS Radio. It was originally launched as a central website to stream all of CBS's then 130 radio stations, Last.fm and other CBS properties. Among the original features were currently playing information, song history, station and genre searches, presets, blogs, newsfeeds, and social media tools.[3] Later that year the service launched its first app for iOS. In addition the service added custom channels and music from AOL Radio and Yahoo Music.[4] In 2015, the service added a music video streaming option.[5] These deals eventually ended quietly, especially after AOL and Yahoo's mergers into Oath.

Throughout early and mid-2018, disparate individual mobile apps and sites for Entercom's legacy stations (sometimes developed outside Entercom by local third parties for individual stations, and often not being hosted universally by one provider) were withdrawn from the iTunes Store and Google Play, uniting all of Entercom's web and mobile efforts for their properties solely under the Radio.com app and website. The CBS Radio stations, which were part of "CBS Local" sites with their former sister television stations, also saw their main web presences moved to sub-domains of Radio.com.[6]

On June 25, 2018, Entercom announced that Radio.com would become the exclusive streaming provider for all of its stations, ending its relationship with the third-party service TuneIn. Stations previously owned by Entercom pre-merger were removed July 6, and former CBS Radio stations were removed on August 1. At that time, Entercom's stations would also begin promoting the service, in particular suffixing "a Radio.com station" after their legal station identifications at the top of each hour. [7] Smart speaker integration of the service was launched within the same period.

On February 7, 2019, Entercom launched stations for CNN, CNN International, HLN, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Television on Radio.com along with podcasts from Turner Podcast Network via deals with Bloomberg L.P. and Turner Broadcasting.[8] Two weeks later, Radio.com reached deals to add Bonneville International and Cox Media Group stations and podcasts to the platform.[9]

Availability and supported devices[edit]

The service is available through PC/Mac/Chromebook devices, tablets, and smartphones, along with Amazon Alexa-compatible smart speakers, Google Assistant-compatible devices (including Google Home) and other devices.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nash, Kim S. (September 30, 1996). "Dueling for domains". Computerworld. pp. 61, 64. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (May 15, 2008). "CBS-CNET: CBS Will Own TV.com, Radio.com, MP3.com and News.com". Gigaom. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "CBS Radio Launches New Online Player". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  4. ^ "CBS Radio Launches Radio.com App For iPhone". 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2018-07-06.[non-primary source needed]
  5. ^ "CBS' Radio.com Launches Streaming Music Videos". TheWrap. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  6. ^ "Radio.Com Expands To Include Entercom Roster – And Then Some". Inside Radio. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ "TuneIn Tune Out For Entercom: Radio.com Gets Exclusive". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  8. ^ Ink, Radio (2019-02-07). "Radio.com To Launch Stations For CNN, Bloomberg". Radio Ink. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
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  10. ^ "How to listen to radio stations online at Radio.com: FAQ". Radio.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Google Groups". Google Search. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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