The PILOT Innovation Challenge sought ideas that would help local radio and TV broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content. The News Call, a DVR like service for radio news, won third place.
Make sure to read about the first and second place winners In Your Shoes and History Go.
Chandra Clark is a self-confessed news junkie. “My obsession with watching and listening to all news forms includes staying up to date on the devices used to get the news to consumers,” she said.
“The biggest downtime that I can’t get local news is when I’m in the car on a morning or evening commute or on a long road trip with my family. I can barely locate a two-minute headline on local radio news, and most of the time it isn’t enough to keep me informed or to understand the story.”
Chandra’s appetite for news is what led her to the creation of The News Call. The News Call works similarly to the way a DVR works for television. “You could pre-program the news you want to hear, when you want to hear it.” Chandra said that you could then use the bluetooth available in your car to “hit one button and start listening to your preferred choice of news, sports and weather from any news outlet in the world.”