TuneIn Donate Press Release

TuneIn Celebrates Listener-Supported Radio With Donation Initiative

KQED Donation Pilot Successful

PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 21, 2011 – TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to music, sports and news from around the world, today announced the launch of TuneIn Donate, which enables listeners to contribute to their favorite listener-supported stations. KQED, an NPR member station, is the first to pilot the new feature, currently available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android smartphones. Based on the success of this test, TuneIn plans to offer TuneIn Donate to listener-supported and non-profit radio stations from around the world by the end of the year.

“TuneIn lets people listen to the widest variety of audio imaginable, from music and news to festivals and sporting events,” said John Donham, CEO of TuneIn. “Listener-supported stations like KQED and thousands of others are an important part of this rich, quality programming. Community-supported radio makes our lives better and TuneIn wants to mobilize listeners to show their support. This is just part of our effort to serve broadcasters by helping them connect with a growing digital audience.”

Since the implementation of TuneIn Donate KQED has seen a meaningful increase in traffic to its website donation page. TuneIn does not profit from these contributions, with 100 percent of the donations going to the intended stations.

“Our commitment to providing Northern Californians with engaging programming and a community-supported environment is at the heart of what drives KQED,” said Tim Olson, VP of Digital Media and Education, KQED. “TuneIn Donate is a new and easy way to help people connect with and support the programs that matter to them. KQED donors are some of the earliest adopters of new technologies. We are excited to be part of this ground-breaking initiative and are encouraged with the initial results.”

Non-profit or listener-supported stations that are interested in using TuneIn Donate should contact broadcasters@tunein.com to get more information on how to opt-in to the program. Listeners are encouraged to ask their favorite non-profit stations to participate.

About TuneIn

TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to music, sports, talk and news from around the world. TuneIn offers over 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than one million on-demand shows and programs streaming from every continent. The company’s mobile applications are highly ranked in all app stores, worldwide. TuneIn is available in 9 languages across all major smartphones and tablets, connected home stereos, smart TVs, connected automobiles and online at tunein.com. The company raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in January 2011 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, California.

About KQED

KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUESTCheck, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin. KQED’s digital television channels include 9HD, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids, and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily. KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQEDnews.org, as well as offers several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.

 

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Product Updates Galore!

We’ve been hard at work here at TuneIn, packing lots of new benefits into the latest product releases for iOS, Android and tunein.com.  Let’s dig in on all the things that make these new versions great for listening to the world.

More Stations

TuneIn has the largest imaginable collection of live global and local music, sports and talk radio. We also have 1.2 million on-demand concerts, interviews and shows. We’re growing this collection every day, and since the last update we have added 725 of these gems for your listening pleasure.

Police and Fire Scanners

We’ve added over 3,000 police and fire scanners so you can stay up to date on what’s going on in your city and other communities around the country. Just browse under Talk>News or try searching for the city that interests you.

Station Donations: A Test

There are so many amazing stations that put out great programming every day. Many of these stations are non-profit or listener-supported and depend on the contributions of their listeners. How many times have you tuned in to a station  and wanted to show your support by sending them a donation? Now you can. Just search for KQED and tap the gift icon. (Currently available on iOS and Android.)

New and Improved Buttons

Many of you have been asking for a mute button, which is now available. Just tap the speaker icon on the “now playing” screen to toggle this feature. We’ve also upgraded the record button on TuneIn Radio Pro to pulse when TuneIn is recording – this will help you know if recording has started. These button updates are for iOS only.

Get Help, Straight From Your Phone

We added the FAQs from tunein.com to the new iOS and Android versions of TuneIn and TuneIn Radio Pro. Now you can easily find answers to the most common TuneIn questions without having to be near a computer. We’ve also clarified the descriptions in the Settings menu to help you understand every function.

3,000 New Scanners

Donate to KQED

Improved Buttons

FAQs Now on Your Phone

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

It’s that time again. You’ve got another week under your heels, a weekend of endless possibilities ahead of you. You deserve to kick back, relax and enjoy. Let TuneIn guide the way.

If you’re not lucky enough to be cooling those heels in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas this weekend for the Austin City Limits Festival, you can still take the festival with you wherever you go. Our friends at KGSR will be broadcasting exclusively live from backstage and getting many of the great bands coming through the festival to sit down, chat and maybe even play a couple songs live on the air. Everybody from Aloe Blacc to Fitz & The Tantrums, Belle Brigade to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and many more will be along, so check out KGSR all weekend long for all the best of the ACL Fest.

One last reminder as we pack up for the weekend, you have until tonight to enter our super fantastic contest with KEXP to get flown away to CMJ Music Marathon in New York this October. $35 or more gets you in on the action. Don’t wait, I want to party with you at the Ace in October!

Sports are heating up as well, all over the world. Here in the US, college and pro football seasons are well underway with some marquee matchups dotting the schedule this weekend. In the college ranks, #1 Oklahoma takes a trip down to Tallahassee to challenge #5 Florida State is one of the best early season games in recent memory. Check out Sooner and Seminole flagships throughout the day tomorrow for all the action leading up to kickoff. Meanwhile in the Pro ranks, fresh off their explosive performance in Miami last Monday, Tom Brady and the Patriots open their home schedule against their cross-country rivals in Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Patriots.com Radio is your best resource for the leadup to the game at The Razor in Foxborough on Sunday afternoon. (Okay, Charger fans. You can listen to ESPN 710 up in LA to get ready – if you REALLY want to…) And finally, halfway around the world, one of the most anticipated kickoffs in the Rugby World Cup is this weekend’s featured TuneIn Up All Night scrumdown with Australia taking on Ireland. TuneIn with Radio Sport NZ from 4am ET/1am PT (right after the Springboks no doubt dispatch of Fiji).

However you spend your weekend, we hope you spend it with TuneIn. Did we miss something you’ll have blasting (maybe on your awesome Jambox – which are totally awesome, by the way) while tending the grill this weekend? Let us know and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

Spurred on by twitter follower @danirodriguezv, who told me on Twitter he couldn’t wait for some hot wrapness, let’s get right into the first “post-summer” wrap!

We would be remiss if we did not note the 10-year anniversary of one of America’s darkest days coming this weekend, as America and the world remember the fallen from the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. From New York to Shanksville, the Pentagon and beyond, millions will mark the occasion with remembrance services. TuneIn to CNN Radio for coverage all weekend long.

As we mentioned earlier on Facebook, in the UK this weekend, Bestival is ongoing with a diverse range of really cool acts. Everything from The Cure and Bjork headlining to Noah and the Whale, Crystal Castles, Katy B, Chromeo, Grandmaster Flash (how cool is that?), and a whole lot more. Bestival Radio is your resource for the best of the festival and they’ll be broadcasting all weekend long.

In sports, the NFL is back and you can catch all the action pre and post game with TuneIn to help you scout your favorite team, their opponents, or, and let’s be frank here for a moment, get your fantasy team set for all the action. Search by team or the NFL on TuneIn and find the best in NFL action. Meanwhile, down in the Land of the Long White Cloud, Rugby World Cup action is getting underway as the hosts New Zealand thrashed Tonga last night, 42-10. Games continue over the next few weeks, and Radio Sport NZ is your resource for the best in RWC action, leading up to the Final on October 23rd. TuneIn and find out if South Africa can bring home the William Webb Ellis trophy once again!

Wherever you are this weekend, make sure you enjoy it with TuneIn. Did we miss something you’re listening to! Be like @danirodriguezv and let us know on Twitter, or like the 8,000 of you who follow us each day on Facebook!

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

The United States will have one more summer fling this weekend as we kick back and celebrate Labor Day. But wherever you are, TuneIn has coverage of some awesome end-of-summer events that will lend some extra pizazz to your weekend. (That’s right, pizazz.)

Two great music festivals are going down this weekend, with Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary show taking place in Wisconsin, while Bumbershoot brings 3 days of great bands to Seattle Center. Pearl Jam Radio will have coverage of the weekend shows and KEXP will be covering Bumbershoot with live acts and interviews all three weekend days with bands like Fitz & the Tantrums, Vusi Mahlasela, Trombone Shorty and much more. Make sure to TuneIn all weekend long.

The end of summer means fall is coming and with it, college and high school football. TuneIn is your one best stop for games at all levels, and we have some great resources on our website to find your team’s game, when it’s on and how to listen.

And finally, it appears Tropical Storm Lee is about to spread rain (and possible flooding) all over the Gulf Coast. If you’re in the area or just want to keep up, check out WWL from New Orleans for coverage as the storm comes ashore.

We hope you enjoy your weekend, long or regular style, and we hope you make TuneIn a part of your end of summer celebrations. Did we miss something you’ll be listening to all weekend? Let us know, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

It’s a very special Hurricane edition of the Wrap, helping East Coasters ride out Irene with TuneIn.

First, you’re going to need information. If you are in the path of the storm, first things first: get out of the way. That means you, Coastal Carolina. And tomorrow, DC, New York and Boston. This storm is the real deal, so board on up and head for higher ground. For the best information regarding the storm, your best bet is to check out NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. We have stations from up and down the coast, as well as CNN Radio for overall coverage, so find the one closest to your area and listen in for updates.

Now, once you get to your chosen spot for evacuation, you might want to take your mind off the storm, and TuneIn has you covered there as well. Luckily, there’s no hurricane over in the UK, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals are closing out the summer festival season in the UK this weekend. BBC Radio 1 will be providing coverage of live sets and interviews and a whole lot more all weekend long.

In sports, the Little League World Series wraps up this weekend and ESPN Williamsport has all the news from the quest for Little League glory live from Williamsport. And down under, the Wallabies and All Blacks wrap up their Tri-Nations campaigns in their final tune up for the forthcoming World Cup. The game kicks off at 6am ET/3am PT on Radio Sport.

However you TuneIn this weekend, we hope you have a safe one and stay out of Irene’s way. Did we miss a resource you can’t ride the storm out without? Let us know and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

It’s Friday (Friday, kickin’ back on Fri…sorry). We’ve made it, another week in the books, and hopefully you’ve got some still-summertime fun planned for the weekend ahead. (Unless you’re in New Zealand. Sorry about all the snow. Looks pretty though!) In any case, wherever you are, TuneIn has great programming for you to listen to, summer or winter, warm or cold.

Reading and Leeds, two of the premier festivals of the UK music summer season are on their way next weekend, and BBC Radio 1 will be looking ahead as Foster the People join Huw Stephens for a preview. The show gets underway tomorrow afternoon at 1pm BST/8am EDT/5am PDT.

Speaking of New Zealand as we did above, the All Blacks have their final tune-up before they host the Rugby World Cup next month, as they take on the Springboks in the inaugural Tri-Nations Rugby test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Match coverage can be heard on Radio Sport and Radio 2000 beginning at 3am Sunday NZST/5pm Saturday SAST/11am EDT/8am PT. Meanwhile, on our shores, Preseason NFL football continues. Check our NFL listings for times and stations for your favorite teams as they suit up all weekend long.

And finally, New York’s WFUV will broadcast a tribute to the Mother of Invention himself, Frank Zappa tomorrow night on The Bottomless Pit with Marshall Crenshaw. The program kicks off at 10pm ET/7pm PT. And the following, keep it locked for Mountain Stage featuring The Hold Steady from 6am EDT/3am PDT.

However you spend your weekend, make sure you take TuneIn along for the ride. Did we miss something you can live without? Find us on Facebook and Twitter!

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TuneIn’s Weekend Wrap

The Wrap is back, it is well rested, it got a little sunshine and it is ready to talk about a full weekend of action on TuneIn.

Tonight, in San Francisco, the Outside Lands Festival kicks off in Golden Gate Park with a monster lineup including The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Warren Haynes, STS9, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and so much more. But one of the headliners will be streaming not one, but two, high flying, explosive sets live. Phish Heads, once again, your ship has come in. Check out Trey and the band’s live sets starting at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT tonight on Live Phish Radio.

In Atlanta, Scott Verplank and Adam Scott are duking it out with Steve Stricker for the lead in the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. With Tiger Woods 10 shots back and fading fast, the field is set up for a wild weekend of action to see who takes home the Wannamaker Trophy. Catch all the action both days with PGA Tour Radio.

Elsewhere, football is back, both on our side of the Pond and the other. The NFL Preseason kicked off last night and continues all weekend long with matchups all across the league as teams get ready for the season that almost wasn’t but then was. Check out our NFL listings for your team’s availability. Meanwhile, in the UK, Premiership action kicks off with perennial favorites Liverpool taking on Sunderland on Saturday and West Bromwich Albion taking on Manchester United on Sunday. Match of the Day on BBC Radio 5 Live will have coverage both days from 3pm BST/10am ET/7am PT. And if that’s not enough sports, TuneIn’ Up All Night Rugby series continues at a more manageable time for most of us (Sorry Aussies) as South Africa’s Springboks returning home at full strength seeking retribution against the Wallabies. Coverage is available on Radio 2000 from 1am Sunday AEST/5pm Saturday SAST/11am ET/8am PT.

However you spend your weekend, we hope you spend it with TuneIn. And if you do, make sure you share your experience with friends with our new Social Share feature and let us know what you’re listening to on Facebook and Twitter.

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Listen, Discover, And Now Share.

For a while now, people on Twitter and Facebook and all across the internet have been lavishing praise on our product, calling it a real game changer. Many, from PC Magazine to The Splurgerina, have even named us to their Must-have Apps lists. And we thank you all for your kind words. But along the way, people also started asking about whether when they found something new and interesting through TuneIn, there might be some way to share with their friends online.

Now, there is.

Beginning today on iOS and Android, you will be able to seamlessly tell your friends, though social media or email, what you’re listening to right now. Our new Share button will allow you to connect directly to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and with one touch, publish a link or tweet to talk about what you found on TuneIn.

So, say for example that you’re listening to East Village Radio and The Lillywhite Sessions just closed out another set of great hits from Steve Lillywhite’s illustrious producing career. You shake your phone and it takes you to Absolute 90s in the UK. Maybe you hadn’t heard that station before. Maybe it’s playing one of your favorite songs, a deep track you never hear on the radio. Now, with one touch, you can tell all your friends about it and they can listen in too.

It’s that simple. We hope you enjoy our new Social Share feature, and as always, remember to link up with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more tips and hints about great stations from all over the world.

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