Washington Times launches digital radio app for tablets, phones
The Washington Times has unveiled apps for Apple and Android mobile devices that allow listeners to take podcasts of their favorite personalities — such as Ben Carson, Monica Crowley, Andy Parks, Rusty Humphries and Ernest Istook — on the road with them.
The Washington Times Radio apps, powered by Kaliki Audio Newsstand, were approved for both the Apple and Google Play stores in recent days, offering fans a chance to listen to the insights, humor and analysis of more than a dozen talents each week.
Users can find the apps in both stores by searching for the terms “Washington Times Radio.” The apps feature the official red “TWT” circle logo for digital products.
Content on the app ranges from breaking news and political analysis to Wall Street commentary and coverage of faith and family issues.
Washington Times Radio is the fifth mobile app The Times has launched in the last year, joining the subscription-based National Digital Edition newspaper and Pocket Constitution guide as well as the free Redskins Report for football fans and the American CurrentSee magazine targeting conservative African-Americans.
“Increasingly, smartphones and other mobile devices have become life devices that not only function for communication, but also provide for entertainment, education and thought leadership. We’re proud to have a high-quality app that allows Washington Times fans to take the wise words of our best opinion talents on the go with them,” said Larry Beasley, the president and chief operating officer of The Times.
Added John Solomon, The Times’ editor and vice president for content: “Every day we are seeing increasing numbers of our readers consuming content on smartphones and tablets. We believe this app enriches their experience by bringing their favorite thought leaders to life in audio, even if they just have a few minutes to spare on the subway, in the car or on the couch.”
The mobile radio apps expand upon the relationship The Times announced earlier this year to build an on-demand digital radio network with Kaliki Audio Newsstand, a new streaming radio brand that is available in all new Ford autos and is soon to debut in General Motors vehicles.
When that partnership launched in March, The Times was offering audio features from five radio talents a week, and the podcasts were available only on the official Kaliki radio app. With exposure to millions of new listeners, the newspaper and Kaliki have expanded the number of podcasts to 14 talents per week while creating a custom Washington Times Radio app.
“The Kaliki platform is freeing listeners from inflexible terrestrial radio schedules and allowing Washington Times fans to listen to their favorite shows when they want and where they want,” said Bruce Hopkins, a vice president for Kaliki.
The new Washington Times Radio lineup includes:
Andy Parks, a longtime Washington, D.C., radio personality who hosts a daily show on WRC 1260 AM in the nation’s capital that is broadcast live from The Times’ newsroom.
Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon-turned-conservative sensation who writes a weekly column for the newspaper and is considering a possible run for the White House in 2016.
Monica Crowley, The Times’ online opinion editor and weekly columnist who frequently appears as a political and security analyst on Fox News.
Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist, one of the nation’s leading anti-tax crusaders and one of Washington’s great humorists.
Rusty Humphries, one of the country’s best-known conservative radio commentators, whose “Rebellion” videocast for The Times takes a humor-filled look at politics.
Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader and weekly Washington Times columnist whose subjects range from constitutional literacy to empowering a conservative agenda in Congress.
Ernest Istook, another former congressman and longtime radio talent whose weekly Regulocity column inside The Times explores the impact of a growing government on daily American life.
“The Armstrong Williams Show,” featuring the Washington Times columnist, TV show host and XM radio personality.
“The Common Sense Conservative,” featuring the rising conservative radio and TV commentator Steve Deace, broadcasting from Iowa.