CES 2014, LAS VEGAS -- HARMAN announced today that it is working with Emmis Communications, Salem Communications and MediaTracks Communications, integrating top radio stations and digital content into its Aha Radio platform. The arrangements further expand Aha Radio content offerings to its global user base, delivering an extensive and diverse mix of terrestrial and digital radio content. Drivers outside major U.S. cities can now tune in to these top radio stations and digital content in their car through the Aha app.
“At CES, HARMAN is showcasing a number of new solutions that upgrade, connect, or improve both the infotainment and audio experience for vehicles on the road today,” said David Slump, president, HARMAN Automotive Services. “Our arrangement with Emmis, Salem and MediaTracks further supports our goal of delivering the most diverse content available through Aha Radio. Everyone has different tastes in music, audio books and podcasts, and through these deals, we are able to offer new programs and regional radio stations that were not available before.”
Emmis Communications is the 9th largest radio group in the U.S. and one of the nation's most respected diversified communications companies. It operates and owns more than 20 radio stations in the largest U.S. markets like New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin and Indianapolis, including two of most influential hip-hop stations in the world, Power 106 in Los Angeles, and HOT97 in New York City.
Salem Communications is a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content.Available now through the Aha app, Salem Communications’ stations offer Christian music and teaching, as well as conservative talk shows.
MediaTracks Communications is a syndicator of national radio programming. Through broadcast syndication, more than 900 stations across 85 percent of the U.S. air the company's weekly programming, accumulating over more 6.4 million listeners. Its news and public affairs programs, Radio Health Journal and Viewpoints, have achieved national, award-winning recognition for excellence in health and consumer journalism.
The arrangement with Emmis Communications, Salem and MediaTracks Communications will result to integrating over a hundred new radio stations and digital content to the Aha Radio service.
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About Emmis Communications
Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis owns the 9th largest publicly traded radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis operates 19 FM and three AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin(Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis’ radio stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. One of their FM radio stations in New York is operated pursuant to a Local Marketing Agreement (“LMA”) whereby a third party provides the programming for the station and sells all advertising within that programming.
About Salem Communications
Salem Communications Corporation is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own and/or operate a national portfolio of 102 radio stations in 39 markets, including 62 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on SiriusXM Radio, channel 131. Additionally the company operates ChristianRadio.com.
Salem also owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,400 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.
About MediaTracks Communications
MediaTracks Communications has been serving listeners across the country and around the world since 1990 as a syndicator of national radio programming, broadcast PR innovator, and radio media consultancy. Co-founded by Chicago broadcasters ShelLustig and Reed Pence, the company has grown from a start-up to the nation’s premier provider of radio public affairs programming. More than 6.4 million listeners across the country tune in each week to hear the latest information in health, medicine, government, education, crime, consumer issues, and much more.MediaTracks also provides radio and audio services to many of the nation’s top public relations firms and their clients which includes, amongst many others, Johnson & Johnson, Takeda, AstraZeneca, Forest Labs, Pfizer, Gilead, Novartis, Merck, Genentech, The American Medical Association, The American Cancer Society, Wal-Mart, Kraft, Sara Lee, Best Buy, Lowe’s, UPS, and as well as many of the nation’s top 25 agencies including Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, Fleishman-Hillard, GCI, Ketchum, Porter Novelli and Weber Shandwick.
About Aha by HARMAN
Aha is an interactive service of HARMAN International Industries that makes Web content as easy and safe to use as radio. Aha uses the Harman Cloud Platform to organize content from the Web into personalized radio stations that consumers can listen to from anywhere — at home, on the go, or safely from the driver's seat. By the end of 2013, Aha will be installed into vehicles by more than 10 automotive manufacturers, which in total represent more than 50 percent of all cars sold in the USA/Canada and up to 30 percent in Europe, including Acura, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Porsche and Subaru. The Aha platform and service was started in 2008 in Silicon Valley by a group of Web and multimedia veterans with a shared passion for delivering an "always on" audio experience to connect drivers to the content they really want. HARMAN, the company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, acquired Aha in September 2010. For more information, visit www.aharadio.com or find Aha on Facebook and Twitter.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.