SLACKER KICKS OFF LIVE-STREAMING OF ESPN RADIO SHOWS AND SPORTING EVENTS WITH BCS TITLE GAME
LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2012 – ESPN and Slacker, Inc. today announced live streaming of ESPN Audio shows and sporting events to Slacker listeners, part of the Slacker Radio/ESPN Audio agreement first announced in September. Live ESPN content is now available for listening on the web at www.Slacker.com, with mobile experiences coming soon.
The new live streaming feature will launch with the BCS Championship title game tonight— No. 1 LSU versus No. 2 Alabama—available to all Slacker listeners via the web player. Future live programming will be available to Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers. The interactive ESPN Radio station on Slacker will remain free and available to all listeners.
“Since offering customizable ESPN Audio content, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, but many listeners have requested live sports,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “This new feature is yet another example of how Slacker is combining the best elements of traditional radio with our listeners’ demand for personalization of music, news, sports and more.”
The complete Slacker Radio experience includes over 150 expert-programmed and interactive music stations, along with customizable stations featuring ESPN Radio, ABC News, comedy, custom artist-hosted showcase stations and leading music festival stations. In addition, Slacker listeners can create their own personalized radio stations featuring their favorite music, news and sports. Slacker Premium Radio also includes on- demand access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs. The addition of ESPN Audio live shows and sporting events to the increasing line-up of stations and services reinforces that Slacker Radio has the most varied and compelling range of customizable content offered by any radio service, while maintaining the most personal listening experience.
Pricing and Availability
ESPN Audio live shows and sporting events are available starting today on the web, with mobile integration coming soon. The ESPN Radio station is free for all listeners, while Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers have access to the full ESPN experience, including two highly customizable myESPN Radio sports stations, live shows and select sporting events. Slacker Radio Plus is available for $3.99 per month and Slacker Premium Radio for $9.99 per month at www.Slacker.com or billed directly to your Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA or AT&T account from within the Slacker application on Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
About Slacker, Inc.
Slacker offers the world’s most complete range of radio services. Whether it’s the award- winning free Slacker Basic Radio, or the fully-loaded subscription services Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, Nokia, Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones. For more information visit: www.Slacker.com/about.
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About ESPN Audio
ESPN Audio is the country’s largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually to 24 million listeners a week on more than 700 stations, including owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, and more than 300 full-time affiliates. ESPN Audio’s event programming features the NBA (and The Finals), MLB (and the World Series), college football (including the BCS and regular-season schedule) the USGA’s U.S. Open, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Weekday studio programming includes: Mike and Mike in the Morning (Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic) 6-10 a.m. (simulcast on ESPN2); The Herd with Colin Cowherd 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (simulcast on ESPNEWS); The Scott Van Pelt Show 1-4 p.m. (simulcast on ESPNEWS 1-3 p.m.); The Doug Gottlieb Show 4-7 p.m.; and Hill & Schlereth 7-10 p.m. ESPN Radio also offers the only all-sports Spanish radio network, ESPN Deportes, which has 42 affiliates with stations in eight of the top 10 Hispanic markets, including owned KZMP-AM 1540 in Dallas. ESPN Deportes Radio programming features top soccer events and leagues such as Copa America, Spain’s La Liga, MLS, Mexican First Division, and also Sunday Night Baseball.