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Jelli Unveils 100% User-Controlled Radio

Startup Announces the First Service to Combine the Real-time Web and Crowdsourcing to Allow Users to take over a Radio Station with their Browsers

San Francisco, CA – June 17, 2009 – Jelli, the first web service to enable 100% user-controlled radio, today unveiled a social music offering that allows users to take over a radio station with their browsers. Jelli is community-powered, 100% user-controlled radio and the first service to bring crowdsourcing to radio.  Reinventing traditional broadcasting by empowering listeners to interact in a dynamic web experience, the Jelli community chooses in real-time what should play next – not just over an Internet stream, but also on the actual airwaves. With Jelli, users join forces to create the on-air playlist with real-time voting and other features, interact and discuss what they are hearing with the rest of the listening community, and rate what’s currently playing. The playlist is dynamic, and what plays next is determined by users seconds before it plays. The community can even vote to pull a song off-the-air, instantly, using one of the several unique features of Jelli.

In addition, the company announced LIVE 105, a CBS RADIO-owned alternative rock station based in San Francisco (105.3 FM KITS), will debut Jelli on Sunday, June 28 during the station’s 10:00PM-12:00Midnight programming block.  Jelli is live today with an online streaming version at www.jelli.net.

“Our vision is to bring the power of the web to the airwaves by creating 100% user-controlled broadcasting,” said Mike Dougherty, CEO and co-founder of Jelli. “Jelli empowers individuals and communities to control traditional broadcast programming in a real-time, continuous manner using the web.  We are excited to launch with an amazing station like LIVE 105, and in the Bay Area which is home for so much web innovation.”

“Over 234 million people tune in to the radio every week in the United States. We want to change the entire concept of what ‘traditional radio’ can be, via real-time web services, enabling new experiences, social web integrations and content possibilities,” said Jateen Parekh, CTO and co-founder of Jelli. “Jelli helps traditional broadcasters convert active listeners into active web users, drive ratings and revenue, and access reporting about what their audience cares about.”

The “Jelli” show on LIVE 105 will allow web users to take over real-time control of the programming of a traditional radio broadcast every Sunday night from 10:00PM to 12:00Midnight.

“LIVE 105 is known for our innovative programming, and we are excited to launch Jelli on Sunday nights and online,” said Doug Harvill, SVP and Market Manager for CBS RADIO San Francisco. “Jelli provides the back-channel for the radio broadcast, enabling LIVE 105 to interact in new ways with our audience on a real-time basis.”

“The real-time web represents a huge opportunity to engage with both online and traditional media audiences.” Michael Marquez, EVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at CBS Interactive. “Jelli is creating a bridge between digital and traditional broadcast experiences, creating something completely new and fun.”

The Jelli experience is enabled by an innovative “social automation” platform, which combines radio automation capabilities with web services to enable real-time control of radio infrastructure by web applications.  This platform creates fully automated, highly targeted, “radio ready” programming which is format neutral and FCC & DMCA compliant. In addition to live 24/7 online and mobile streaming, Jelli can uniquely transform traditional FM/AM/HD broadcast experiences with its partners around the country, enabling crowdsourced programming in their market.

Founded by a team with experience working on innovative technologies such as Amazon’s Kindle and Microsoft’s Tellme services, Jelli was launched in 2009 and is based in San Mateo, CA.

About Jelli
Jelli is 100% user-controlled radio, enabling users to take over a radio station using their web browsers. Leveraging the power of the web to reinvent traditional broadcasting, Jelli empowers the community to interact with the broadcast in real-time and determine dynamically what plays on-air. Launched in 2009, Jelli is based in San Mateo, CA.

Date:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009