Slacker announced the coming addition of ABC News to the Slacker Personal Radio experience providing listeners with updated news from one of the nation’s most trusted sources. Slacker listeners will have access to a dedicated news station covering national, world, sports, politics, entertainment, business and tech as well as the option to include headline news for top of the hour updates on any Slacker music station.
Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and other top names in journalism will give an ongoing, in-depth look into current issues from around the world. Slacker will also feature segments from highly rated and critically acclaimed programs, including “Good Morning America” anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Juju Chang and Sam Champion, “Nightline” anchored by Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir and more.
“ABC News is proud to partner with Slacker in extending our high-quality content to the growing Slacker audience,” said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager, ABC News Radio. “Under this new agreement, the Slacker audience can hear audio reports on demand from the most recognized and respected names in news.”
In addition to featuring top quality news stories, the ABC News station will enable Slacker listeners to easily skip over segments, similar to the song skipping on music stations, for a more personalized experience. Listeners to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to try the news service for a limited time at no cost, while Slacker Radio Plus subscribers will have unlimited access to the new content.
Slacker Personal Radio, available online at www.Slacker.com, enables listeners to create their own Personal Radio stations based on any artist or mix of artists, or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations ranging from Alternative Rock to Comedy and everything in between. Personalization options include rating songs or artists, playing more popular vs. more eclectic music and listening to newer vs. classic songs.
Whether listening on the web, BlackBerry smartphone, iPhone, Android-powered smartphone, iPod touch or a Slacker-enabled TV or Blu-ray player, Slacker listeners now have instant access to ABC News along with their favorite music, artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art.
ABC News integration in the Slacker Radio service is expected to arrive early in 2010 by visiting www.slacker.com or accessing the Slacker Radio service from a supported device. The full experience will available to all subscribers to Slacker Radio Plus which is available for as low as $3.99 per month and can be purchased by visiting www.Slacker.com or selecting the “upgrade” button from within a mobile app.