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WASU to join Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital radio service

iheartradio_t.jpgClear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America, will add WASU, Appalachian State University’s student-run radio station, to its iHeartRadio digital radio service.

WASU is one of 14 college radio stations from across the United States and the only college radio station in North Carolina to join the free radio service. iHeartRadio offers more than 800 broadcast radio and commercial-free digital-only stations from 150 cities, plus the ability for listeners to create custom radio stations, delivering their radio programming preferences in one fully integrated service.

“I applaud iHeartRadio for adding the college radio category and bringing attention to the vibrancy and excitement of college radio and to the young talent the radio industry needs and is searching for,” said Dan Vallie, founder of the Keller Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University and general manager of WASU. “Many of the students in college radio today have already been bitten by the radio bug and now it’s in their blood. And this generation not only benefits from the hands on learning lab experience they gain at WASU, but they also bring to the industry video and web skills and are social media savvy.”

WASU also can be heard in campus and in Boone at 90.5 FM. The station also streams its programing online at wasurocks.com.

College radio is a broad category that spans everything from student-run stations featuring block programming and music, news and sports programming to professionally run stations with specific formats.

At launch, iHeartRadio will include college programming from the leading college stations from 11 states across the country with additional college radio stations to be added in the coming months. Through the digital service, iHeartRadio users and college radio fans can tune in to some of the country’s most highly recognized and listened to college radio stations in the nation.

“Bringing college radio stations to iHeartRadio is a great source of local and independent programming that offers our users a more diverse listening experience and also provides listeners new opportunities for music, news and sports exposure and discovery,” said John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “Many of our top on-air personalities started their radio careers at college radio stations and we are glad to give back by providing these great college stations with an industry-leading national distribution platform.”

This new college radio programming furthers iHeartRadio’s commitment to providing listeners with an increasing variety of music choices from various formats, and will serve as a connection for alumni to their alma maters.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others.

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