Cybertainment: Slacker carries some mainstream content

January 15, 2012 12:00 am

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Online radio service Slacker is picking up some mainstream radio and TV programming for its listeners. The additions give Slacker a mix of music, sports and public radio programming.

In a new partnership with American Public Media, Slacker will now carry APM's business news program "Marketplace" and its Triple A music station "The Current." The Current on Slacker Radio will be updated weekly with a music mix curated by the station programming staff.

Slacker also will carry The Weather Channel's national, regional and local weather updates for many major U.S. markets, starting early this year. Weather updates also can be added as an option to the listener's favorite Slacker music channels.

Last week, Slacker began offering live streams of professional and collegiate sports events from ESPN and ESPN Audio shows. The live ESPN programming will be available to Slacker Radio Plus ($3.99/month) and Slacker Premium Radio ($9.99) subscribers. Slacker's interactive ESPN Radio station will remain free of charge.

Slacker Radio has more than 150 music stations, along with ESPN Radio, ABC News, music festival stations and more. Slacker Premium Radio subscribers have on-demand access to Slacker's music library.

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Yahoo! makes its first foray into original scripted programming with "Electric City." The new Tom Hanks animated Web series will be available on Yahoo! this year.

"Electric City" is a sci-fi/speculative fiction series set in a futuristic world. Electric City is a metropolis that becomes the setting for this adventure tale.

The series explores contemporary issues such as crime and energy consumption through the perspective of a future civilization.

"Electric City" comes from Playtone, the TV programming production company owned by Mr. Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

The series will feature other components designed to immerse viewers in the "Electric City" world, including a 3-D interactive map, commentary on Facebook and Twitter, games and other content.

Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.
First Published 2012-02-09 19:39:25
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