KYOURADIO aims to be the first radio station in the world to get all of its programming from podcasts.
Infinity Broadcasting, the radio division of Viacom is converting San Francisco’s AM station, 1550 KYCY, to user submitted content. Podcasters will upload shows for broadcast in San Francisco on 1550 KYCY-AM and streaming worldwide via the KYOURADIO website. A range of media files will be accepted for uploading and all content will be screened for quality.
The company also plans to cover the cost of music-licensing fees so podcasters will be able to feature some music from major record labels. Podcasts will only be heard by tuning in or live streaming and there are no plans to include a download service. Ads will be included in both services and the launch date is set for May 16.
Read about it in this Wired article "Podcasting Killed The Radio Star" by Xeni Jardin.
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It’s a shame they won’t actually be podcasting. I suppose it’s a low risk way of getting free content and capitalizing on the podcasting buzz. Apparently because the original format for the station wasn’t a great financial success. Perhaps the last few paragraphs of the Wired article provide some insight into the company’s vision for the future.
Comes across as – grab free content – insert ads – get paid.