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TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network, and Newport Folk Festival, the Granddaddy of all American music festivals, today announced a partnership to create an exclusive radio station available on TuneIn – Newport Folk Radio.
The station is a first-ever for Newport Folk. Starting today and leading up to the festival, this live, human-hosted station will be programmed with music by every artist performing at this year’s festival as well as artist alumni, and will be updated each week with new songs, festival information, artist drops, and exclusive artist content that can only be heard on Newport Folk Radio. During the weekend of the festival, July 24-26, the station will broadcast live from Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. with live-streamed audio performances.
“We’re so happy to have a platform to share content and music with our supporters year-round,” said Jay Sweet, Producer of Newport Folk Festival. “We spend a lot of time discovering and curating up and coming musicians, and fostering collaboration on-site during the Festival weekend. Our new radio station on TuneIn allows us to expand and share that experience with our fans 365 days a year.”
TuneIn worked with Newport Folk to curate the live-stream programming for the festival weekend and some of the featured artists will include: José González, Shakey Graves, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Field Report, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Rodrigo Amarante, The Watkins Family Hour, Haunt The House, and many more TBA. Some of the exclusive on-demand content on Newport Folk Radio will come from artists including Hozier, Shakey Graves, Blake Mills, and more.
“TuneIn’s technology makes us the only platform capable of launching a single customized station that mixes previously recorded songs, exclusive content and live-streamed performances, and makes that content accessible to a massive audience,” said Summer Watson, VP, Content at TuneIn. “We love finding new ways to engage our audience and encourage music discovery, and we couldn’t be happier to align ourselves with the historic Newport Folk Festival on this station”.
Newport Folk Radio will be available to TuneIn’s 50 million monthly active users who have shown great interest in Folk, Americana and Indie music, most recently clocking in 9.8 million listening hours this year alone. To listen to Newport Folk Radio, download the free TuneIn Radio app on iOS, TuneIn.com.
TuneIn is the most popular way to listen to real radio from around the world. With over 50 million monthly active users, TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s sports, news, talk, and music from wherever they are. TuneIn has over 100,000 radio stations and more than four million on-demand programs streaming from every continent, and is available across 200+ connected devices. TuneIn has venture funding from IVP, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Jafco Ventures, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger. The Festival became renowned for introducing a number of legendary artists to the world. Since 1959, Newport Folk has been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. As a non-profit, Newport Festivals Foundation also continues to educate young people about folk and jazz music, and to present in perpetuity the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. To learn more, visit newportfestivalsfoundation.org. The Newport Folk Festival® is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.,™ a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, duly licensed. All rights reserved.