“Last.fm Discover” launches on HD2 channels


The CBS Interactive Music Group says Last.fm Discover, a new streaming and HD radio station, is now on New York, WWFS-FM (102.7 HD2); Los Angeles, KCBS-FM (93.1 HD2); Chicago, WXRT-FM (93.1 HD3); and San Francisco, KITS-FM (105.3 HD3). The station is also available on various mobile devices.

Rock heavyweights, Muse, will be featured throughout the day to celebrate the launch of the station.  Hear the band describe songs from their new album “The Resistance,” comment on their musical influences and talk about what it is like to tour in the U.S.  Additionally, Last.fm Discover and Last.fm (www.last.fm) are giving listeners the chance to win a trip to see Muse perform live at a secret location, and meet the band backstage.  Fans can enter the contest, provided by Warner Bros. Records, from Monday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Nov. 5 at www.last.fm

Programming elements on Last.fm Discover include a variety of live performances from the New York studio, interviews with breaking and established artists and special features which will guide listeners through new music, users comments, events, recommendations and news.  The station is user driven and chooses its playlist based on Last.fm’s weekly charts (http://www.last.fm/charts), which are determined by the service’s listeners.

Regular programs and features include:
•        Last.fm Recommends with Bryan VanGelder, which plays popular songs from Last.fm, followed by two songs that Last.fm suggests for listeners and fans of the original song.
•        Last.fm Discovers with Sat Bisla features the hottest songs and introduces new artists on Last.fm
•        Live interviews and performances from the site’s most popular artists, recorded in Last.fm’s studios
•        Shouts, which guides listeners through some of the most interesting comments left by Last.fm users about specific songs, followed by the song that inspired the message

“We are excited to bring listeners an eclectic mix of familiar and unfamiliar music and artists, which are determined by the listening habits of Last.fm’s users,” said Seth Neiman, Digital Content Manager of the CBS Interactive Music Group and Program Director of the station. “Last.fm Discover really offers something unique to the radio space because it is a hybrid—it has the qualities of both a broadcast and interactive streaming station.”