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Educational Media Foundation to Use TagStation Data Services

July 8, 2014

Educational Media Foundation (EMF) will start using TagStation data services to deliver interactive content to NextRadio-enabled FM smartphones.

Emmis Communications reported in a release that 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.

The company noted that 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.

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 (, HD Radio Artist Experience (, 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."

"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."

The Educational Media Foundation's mission is to create media that inspires and encourages people to have a meaningful relationship with Christ.

TagStation, a subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corp., developed the NextRadio smartphone app in a partnership with NAB Labs.

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