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Ford has announced a new developer program which will allow radio stations gain space on a vehicle’s digital screen via apps.

The SYNC© AppLink™ already includes a way to listen to the radio via smartphones, with Pandora, Stitcher smart radio and iHeartRadio on board, but now Ford is opening it up to any station – regardless of whether the station is online, AM, FM, or digital.

And in what has been described as a “major breakthrough for the radio industry”, Ford has named Michigan-based jacAPPS as the recommended mobile app development house to help radio stations create voice-activated smartphone apps for Ford SYNC© AppLink™.

Using SYNC© voice commands along with steering wheel and radio buttons, drivers can listen to a live audio stream or their favorite podcasts from within the mobile app.

“Because of our experience in the radio space, combined with our shared history as Detroit-based companies, a natural partnership quickly developed,” jacAPPS Vice President/General Manager Paul Jacobs comments.”

“We will now be able to take mobile applications and provide code to allow them to be fully integrated with SYNC© AppLink™, gain important real estate on the cars’ screen, voice command functionality, and more. This gives radio stations an important piece of digital real estate in the one area where the lion’s share of listening takes place – the car.”

SYNC© AppLink™ is only available in the US at the moment, but reports suggest it is coming to cars in Europe later this year.

Magic 105.4 breakfast presenter Neil Fox is offering a ride in his own helicopter as a prize in a new sponsorship deal with Nescafe.

The ride is just one of the prizes on offer as part of a new six-figure sponsorship deal secured by Bauer Media.

It means Breakfast shows on Magic 105.4 in London and Key 103 in Manchester are to be sponsored by Nescafé Original for six months starting today.

The deal also includes a Monday morning competition to run online and on-air across the Bauer Place Portfolio stations.

The campaign creative will involve sponsored ten-second on-air credits running throughout Magic Breakfast with Neil Fox and Verity Geere, with supporting trails. The same credits will also run throughout Key 103’s breakfast show Mike & Chelsea In The Morning.

As well as the sponsorship tags, each morning on Magic 105.4 an additional Nescafé Original tag will play out before Foxy’s Jukebox. Through live reads, Foxy will also encourage listeners to go online and enter the Nescafé Original competition to win a weekly family prize by sharing the song that kick starts their day.

From March, the family prize will that trip in Foxy’s very own helicopter across London.

The ‘Kick Start Your Day’ campaign will also be extended across the Place Portfolio, and each Monday the breakfast presenters across the stations will play one of the listeners’ ‘Kick Start Your Week’ tracks before directing listeners online to the Nescafé Original competition. The Monday promotion will also be supported by pre-promotional trails running from Friday to Sunday.

Karen Stacey, Broadcast Sales Director at Bauer Media, said: “This branded sponsorship deal is a great example of how advertisers can use Bauer Media to reach both national and local audiences across the UK. Our audiences feel more connected, involved and engaged with our radio stations compared to our competitors and it’s this connection that makes this campaign a perfect fit for Nescafé, allowing them to reach our specially created breakfast shows across the UK.”

The campaign was developed by Mindshare, with Susan Thompson, Business Director, and Tom Balaam, Business Director – Exchange Radio, leading the project.

BBC Radio 2′s Pick of the Pops programme with Tony Blackburn has ordered a number of classic American JAM jingles for the show.

Jingles by the Dallas company dominated Radio 1 and Radio 2 in the 80s and 90s, but have not been on air for over a decade.

They will be used to provide an authentic classic sound from the eras featured on the programme. The cuts were chosen by Tony and Radio 2, to complement the existing Pick Of The Pops PAMS resings which S2blue have produced over the last few years.

Sung in Dallas at JAM, the cuts were chosen from original packages from the time.

Jonathan Wolfert, president of JAM Creative Productions in Dallas, said: “JAM created the jingle imaging heard on Radio 2 for 21 years, spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s. An entire generation of UK radio listeners grew up hearing JAM jingles along with their favourite songs. Now, as that music is played again by the legendary Tony Blackburn on “Pick of the Pops”, I think it’s great that our jingles will once again be heard on Radio 2.

We have always been very proud of the quantity and quality of work JAM has done for the BBC through the years, and look forward to a new and continuing relationship.”

Simon Prentice, Managing Director, S2blue, commented: “JAM and PAMS relationship with the BBC goes back to the 60s and these authentic classic cuts will really resonate with the Pick Of The Pops audience as JAM jingles were heard across the nation on the BBC and many ILRs. I’m sure they will bring back as many happy memories and smiles as they do for us in the industry that love that famous JAM sound”.

Hear the cuts below, and every featured every hour this week on JingleMad Radio – the radio station playing nothing but radio jingles 24 hours a day.



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