(Portsmouth, NH, June 22, 2016) – GateHouse Media, LLC announced today the selection of Futuri Media of Cleveland, OH as its streaming technology partner for its latest venture, EDGE Radio, which launched June 12, 2016 in the Portsmouth, NH market. Supporting The Portsmouth Herald and Fosters Daily Democrat, as well as online properties, seacoastonline.com and fosters.com, EDGE Radio will provide a live streaming audio channel, showcasing the best content of GateHouse Media’s Seacoast Media Group.
EDGE Radio, named for The Portsmouth Herald’s arts and entertainment weekly magazine, will offer local news provided by the Seacoast Media Group newsroom and The Associated Press. Sports, weather, arts, entertainment and restaurant reviews will be anchored by a live morning show, “The Morning Line”. The live morning show will open up the newsroom, providing an opportunity for listeners to call in, comment on the major local issues of the day and engage with the reporters that are on the street gathering those stories. Additionally, the new format offers expanded promotional opportunities for local market advertisers.
“Our goal with EDGE Radio is to provide another channel for our audience, allowing them to not only ‘listen’ to their newspaper, but also become a part of the conversation in real time.” said Andrew Chernoff Director of Advertising, who is heading up the pilot project for GateHouse. “What attracted us to Futuri is that they offer the opportunity for social expansion as our project grows, and that is a significant part of what we were looking for.”
EDGE Radio will use Futuri’s new Futuri Streaming player that works natively with all new browsers, and it can automatically fall back to Flash on older computers. With the combination of MSE, HTTP Live Streaming and HTML5 audio, Futuri is able to deliver reliable streams across devices – both in the browser and in apps. Additionally, with Futuri’s Share Audio features, listeners can share audio right from the EDGE Radio streaming player into Facebook and Twitter.
“The array of audience engagement systems offered by Futuri made the decision easy,” said Rob Connelly, SMG’s newly hired Director of Broadcast Operations. “The goal of the new online station is to create a larger mobile platform for readers and listeners to interact with their community directly, responding and commenting on the local news stories that affect their lives, and Futuri offers a suite of tools that do just that”
“Rob Connelly and his team at GateHouse Media have created a truly innovative content platform,” said Daniel Anstandig President and CEO of Futuri Media. “We’re proud to be their partners in bringing today’s most relevant local content across the bridge from print to audio.” The new station launched on June 12, 2016 and can be found at www.edgestreamingradio.com
About GateHouse Media, LLC
GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 125 daily publications. As of March 27, 2016, GateHouse Media reaches over 20 million people on a weekly basis across 35 states through hundreds of community publications and local websites.
For more information regarding GateHouse Media, please visit www.gatehousemedia.com
About Futuri Media
Futuri Media (http://www.old.futurimedia.com) develops SaaS-based social and mobile audience engagement technology for broadcasters and publishers including TopicPulse®, a real-time social media measurement system for newsrooms and content producers; Listener Driven Radio’s LDR1™ voting window and Takeover® technologies; TopLine, the sales presentation service; and Futuri Mobile™, which designs custom mobile features and apps for broadcasters, offering more than 165 iPhone, Android and tablet apps. Futuri’s 2015 acquisition of StreamOn brings next-generation audio streaming, podcasting and social media sharing capabilities to broadcasters. The company’s platforms are in use at more than 1000 TV and radio stations and networks in 18 countries, reaching more than 100 million consumers monthly.