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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:36 pm





Educational Media Foundation to Enhance K-LOVE and Air1 Broadcasts for

the NextRadio app

CHICAGO, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of Christian radio now have

a brand new way to experience the faith-based programming they love.

Educational Media Foundation (EMF), owner of the nation's leading

contemporary Christian brands K-LOVE@ and Air1@, will begin using

TagStation@ data services to deliver interactive content to

NextRadio@-enabled FM smartphones. The move will give its over 21

million weekly listeners an even better way to connect with their

favorite stations.

NextRadio is a smartphone app that connects over-the-air FM broadcasts

with the internet to give users an enhanced radio listening experience

including album art, program information, and station feedback with

the touch of a button. Other available points of interaction using a

smartphone's built-in features include calendaring, find nearby, text

messaging, visit website, and more. The NextRadio app is currently

available for use with 16 different types of smartphones on the Sprint

Network, including the HTC One M8 smartphone that works on all major

wireless carrier networks.

TagStation is the cloud-based data service that allows radio stations

to synchronize their audio radio broadcasts with images, interactive

touch points and other data to create visual displays of album art,

advertising and other interactive features on the NextRadio app

(NextRadioApp.com), HD Radio@ Artist Experience (hdradio.com), and

connected car dashboards currently in development.

"All of us at K-LOVE are excited about being on the NextRadio app,"

said Mike Novak, President and CEO of the K-LOVE & Air1 Radio

Networks.  "Our listeners will now be able to listen to K-LOVE using a

tenth of their data and get up to 3 times better battery life.

 Special thanks to our friends at Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin

Mobile smartphones as well as HTC One M8 for stepping up and

partnering with K-LOVE.  Look for us on your smartphone... on the

NextRadio app."

EMF joins a unified radio industry effort to provide a consistent

presentation of broadcast radio on the smartphone with visual displays

and interactivity that puts it on par with what today's music lovers

expect on connected devices, elevating the over-the-air radio

listening experience to something truly immersive. With so many

music-listening options available, broadcast radio is seizing this

opportunity to surpass expectations.

"The Educational Media Foundation's K-LOVE and Air1 stations bring

great content additions to the NextRadio app. Consumers listen longer

to FM radio when they see images that engage them. Their listeners

will benefit from an entirely new way to enjoy the stations they

love," said Paul Brenner who leads the TagStation effort for Emmis.

"We are excited that EMF has made the commitments necessary to help

revitalize the portable FM radio and build up the interactivity

consumers expect."

By adding mobile interactivity to its 390 main FM signals, EMF joins

an impressive list of major radio groups who see the innovation of

FM-enabled smartphones as an efficient way to reach their listeners on

the devices they carry every day. The K-LOVE and Air1 set-up processes

are complete, and they have begun delivering enhanced visual content,

giving their positive message even more reach and depth to audiences

across the United States.

For information about licensing TagStation data services, contact

Libby Hiple: ehiple@tagstation.com.

About Educational Media Foundation The Educational Media Foundation's

mission is to create compelling media that inspires and encourages you

to have a meaningful relationship with Christ. EMF's contemporary

Christian radio brands, K-LOVE@ and Air1@, are non-denominational,

non-profit, listener-supported radio networks with over 400 radio

signals in 44 states and can also be heard online at klove.com and


About TagStation, LLC TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of

Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS). TagStation, LLC in a

partnership with NAB Labs has developed the NextRadio@ smartphone app

which provides a rich FM radio listening experience on a smartphone

using a combination of the smartphone's built-in FM tuner and the

internet. It has also developed TagStation@, the cloud-based data

service for enhanced radio broadcasting through HD Radio's Artist

Experience@ and the NextRadio smartphone app. Founded in 2013,

TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in

Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information about TagStation@,

visit TagStation.com.

SOURCE Emmis Communications

-0- 07/02/2014

/CONTACT: Amy Jeffries, 317-684-2944 ajeffries@emmis.com

/Web Site: http://www.emmis.com


CO: Emmis Communications; Educational Media Foundation; TagStation, LLC; NextRadio; K-LOVE; Air1




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