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TypeInternet radio
Music recommender system
United States
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
OwnerAudacy, Inc.
Key people
David Field
(Chairman/CEO, Audacy)
Launch date
July 2010; 10 years ago (2010-07)
Former names (2010-2021)
Official website

Audacy, previously known as, is a free broadcast and Internet radio platform owned by the namesake company Audacy, Inc. (formerly known as Entercom).[1] The Audacy platform functions as a music recommender system and is the national umbrella brand for the company's radio network aggregating its over 235 local radio stations across the United States. In addition, the service includes thousands of podcasts. It was originally created by CBS Radio and was acquired by the former Entercom as part of the company's takeover of CBS Radio. The service's main competitors are rival station group iHeartMedia's iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Audacy is available online, via mobile devices, and devices such as Chromecast.

History logo used 2017-2018.

The domain was formerly owned by CNET Networks, which purchased it and from the nonprofit Internet Multicasting Service for $30,000 in 1996.[2] CNET, and in turn the domain, was acquired by CBS Corporation (the parent company of CBS Radio at the time) in 2008.[3] launched on July 16, 2010 under CBS Radio. It was originally launched as a central website to stream all of CBS's then 130 radio stations, and other CBS properties. Among the original features were currently playing information, song history, station and genre searches, presets, blogs, newsfeeds, and social media tools.[4] Later that year the service launched its first app for iOS. In addition the service added custom channels and music from AOL Radio and Yahoo Music.[5] In 2015, the service added a music video streaming option.[6] These deals eventually ended quietly, especially after AOL and Yahoo's mergers into Oath.

Entercom acquired CBS Radio, including, on November 17, 2017.

Throughout early and mid-2018, disparate individual mobile apps and sites for Entercom's legacy stations (sometimes developed outside Entercom by local third parties for individual stations, and often not being hosted universally by one provider) were withdrawn from the iTunes Store and Google Play, uniting all of Entercom's web and mobile efforts for their properties solely under the app and website. The CBS Radio stations, which were part of "CBS Local" sites with their former sister television stations, also saw their main web presences moved to sub-domains of[7]

Final logo as

On June 25, 2018, Entercom announced that would become the exclusive streaming provider for all of its stations, ending its relationship with the third-party service TuneIn. Stations previously owned by Entercom pre-merger were removed July 6, and former CBS Radio stations were removed on August 1. At that time, Entercom's stations would also begin promoting the service, in particular suffixing "a station" after their legal station identifications at the top of each hour.[8] Smart speaker integration of the service was launched within the same period.

On February 7, 2019, Entercom launched stations for CNN, CNN International, HLN, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Television on along with podcasts from Turner Podcast Network via deals with Bloomberg L.P. and Turner Broadcasting.[9] Two weeks later, reached deals to add Bonneville International and Cox Media Group stations and podcasts to the platform.[10]

On September 25, 2019, Salem Media Group and Alpha Media stations were made available on the service.[11] Beasley Broadcast Group stations joined the service on November 11, 2020.[12]

In October 2019, the app debuted a feature called "Rewind", where a number of Entercom's spoken word content stations maintain a 24-hour on-demand buffer of programming that can be accessed through rewind, fast-forward and skip back/forward controls.[13]

On November 25, 2019, Disney Channels Worldwide agreed to terms to feature Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country's streams on the service; they were removed in January 2021 as Disney wound down their American radio operations, excluding ESPN Radio.[14]

On March 30, 2021, Entercom rebranded both the company itself and as Audacy.[15]

Availability and supported devices

In addition to traditional desktop availability, the service is available via iOS/WatchOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, along with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible smart speakers and other devices.[16][17]

Streaming of Audacy content is geo-restricted to the United States. In addition, local advertising from the advertisers of the nearest Audacy cluster of stations to a listener is substituted over a station's own advertising, along with traditional national advertising, public service announcements, and Audacy features such as music news, trivia, and other minutia.

See also


  1. ^ Venta, Lance (March 30, 2021). "Entercom Rebrands As Audacy". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ Nash, Kim S. (September 30, 1996). "Dueling for domains". Computerworld. pp. 61, 64. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (May 15, 2008). "CBS-CNET: CBS Will Own,, and". Gigaom. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "CBS Radio Launches New Online Player". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "CBS Radio Launches App For iPhone". 2010-12-06. Retrieved .[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ "CBS' Launches Streaming Music Videos". TheWrap. 2015-12-02. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Radio.Com Expands To Include Entercom Roster - And Then Some". Inside Radio. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "TuneIn Tune Out For Entercom: Gets Exclusive". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Ink, Radio (2019-02-07). " To Launch Stations For CNN, Bloomberg". Radio Ink. Retrieved .
  10. ^ " Adds Bonneville & Cox Stations To Streaming Platform". RadioInsight. 2019-02-22. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Alpha Media & Salem Media Group Stations To Join - Radio insight (published September 25, 2019)
  12. ^ Beasley Media Stations Join - Radio Insight (published November 11, 2020)
  13. ^ "On, Listeners can Now Rewind Their Favorite Talk Radio Programs". PILOT. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Radio Disney Joins - Radio Insight (published November 25, 2019)
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (2021-03-30). "Entercom Changes Name to Audacy, Kills Off Brand". Variety. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "How to listen to radio stations online at FAQ". Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Google Groups". Google Search. Retrieved 2018.

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