Cell phone app tracks radio talkers


Location-aware searching lets mobile phone users find their favorite radio talk show – conservative, liberal or whatever – regardless of where they travel in the US. Juicy Development LLC has now introduced an Android cell phone version of its popular Talk Radio iPhone application.

The update version adds audio streams in addition to a number of new host programs. Once the show is located, users can listen live to many of the stations via audio stream on their Android phone.

How does it work? Users simply select the host they wish to listen to. With a simple click, Talk Radio uses Android’s built-in GPS and a proprietary algorithm to present a list of radio stations and program airtimes in the user’s area. A manual search option allows users to find exactly what they want no matter where they are.

“By using Talk Radio listeners will never need to miss their favorite host or worry about being bored on the road again,” Juicy Development claimed in its announcement.

Talk Radio tracks numerous programs, including Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, Glenn Beck and other popular hosts on both AM and FM stations. Additional hosts are being added regularly and users are encouraged to submit requests online.

Designed to take advantage of the Android location and network capabilities, Talk Radio learns from users who report coverage, corrections, or changes and transmits that information to everyone with the application automatically.

Currently Talk Radio works well within the United States, the company noted, but added that as a “learning application,” collects information from listeners who report in. So, international entries in the database are growing quickly.

By the way, the app is currently being offered in the Android Market for a “special introductory price” of $1.99.