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Pandora-like news radio app about to launch

Terri Lydon


By Melissa Harris, Chicago Tribune

Hyperlocal approach to traffic, musical interludes from user’s iPhone among features of John MacLeod’s HearHere Radio

John MacLeod’s new tech company, HearHere Radio, will launch as a free iPhone app early this month.

The concept is modeled after online radio service Pandora, except the rolling content is news, not music. The Rivet News Radio app will feature national and local news, hyperlocal traffic reports and weather. Users can also adjust the settings so that songs stored on one’s iPhone play between the news reports.

“If you say, ‘Yes,’ to music, then every 10 or 15 minutes, you get a little music with your news,” MacLeod said.

MacLeod, 56, has raised more than $650,000 from angel investors, friends and family; hired about 25 contract workers, including radio veteran Charlie Meyerson, the former news director of WGN-AM 720; and built a radio studio in leased office space at 300 W. Adams St. in the shadow of Willis Tower.

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