Wash­ing­ton Times launches dig­i­tal ra­dio app for tablets, phones

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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.

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