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iHeartMedia introduces podcasts to its Top 40 broadcast stations with Anna Faris

iHeartMedia announced a new development in its “Podcast, Meet Broadcast” strategy. The company has landed an agreement to air Anna Faris is Unqualified on its Top 40 broadcast radio stations and on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. The iHeartMedia strategy aims to use its broadcast radio reach to assist podcast creators in finding new audiences and growing their base. Continue Reading

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iHeartRadio promotes digital programming exec

iHeartMedia has promoted Kavi Halemane to the role of executive vice president and general manager of digital programming for iHeartRadio. In this position, Halemane will be responsible for overseeing iHeartRadio’s strategy/operations for original digital music station programming, on-demand subscription playlist and free playlist radio curation, and podcast programming. Continue Reading

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Webcast listening inches up in March; Spotify holds slight lead

Spotify held its slight lead over Pandora in March stream listening, an advantage established in January after three years of chasing. Aside from that metrics rivalry, the Top 20 group in Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics report gained one percent in overall listening compared to February. PLUS — a little bit of smart speaker reporting. Continue Reading

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iHeartRadio launches “snackable” podcast with Barbara Corcoran

iHeartRadio has formed a partnership with Barbara Corcoran, one of the regular “sharks” in the reality startup show Shark Tank, to launch the Business Unusual podcast hosted by Corcoran, sponsored by Dell Small Business. It is a monologue format in which the real estate mogul delivers a business lesson (or two) in what is promoted as a “snackable” five-minute show. Continue Reading

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iHeartRadio to be default live music provider for Alexa children’s products

We know from The Smart Audio Report conducted by Edison Research and NPR, that smart speakers have a special (and perhaps unpredicted) appeal to kids, and therefore to parents who are bringing Alexa devices into their homes. research summary. iHeartRadio is leaping into that space with an announcement today that it will be the default provider of live music content for the newly launched Echo Dot Kids Edition, and the FreeTime Unlimited skill in Alexa. Continue Reading