WSIU to Launch Mobile App on June 1

May 24, 2016

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Credit Katrina Stackhouse / WSIU

Contacts: Katrina Stackhouse, Digital Services Manager, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6258, katrina.stackhouse@wsiu.org; Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6181, greg.petrowich@wsiu.org

WSIU to Launch New Mobile App on June 1

Carbondale, Ill. – Public media fans across the region will enjoy a new way to connect to WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, when the stations launch WSIU Mobile, a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. The app will be available for download from iTunes and Google Play on Wednesday, June 1.

“Viewers and listeners will be able to watch and listen to WSIU television and radio programs anywhere, anytime – at home or on the go,” said WSIU Digital Services Manager, Katrina Stackhouse. “The app is easy to use and will provide content public media fans want in an On-Demand format – from the latest new stories from WSIU Radio to favorite PBS & PBS KIDS programs.”

WSIU Mobile puts access to WSIU’s television and radio broadcast schedules at users’ fingertips, so they can access the full programming schedule and set up reminder notifications for their favorite shows. Parents will appreciate the parental control feature, which will provide kid-friendly access to PBS KIDS content and the option to block children from accessing the app’s news, video, and music content.

The new app also provides access to WSIU Radio’s HD1 and HD2 live streams. At the touch of a button, users will be able to pause, rewind, and forward content. They also will be able to listen to music or news while browsing the web or checking emails.

“This is a whole new way to access the most trusted media content from WSIU,” said WSIU Executive Director, Greg Petrowich. “Everywhere you can take your smartphone or tablet, you can now take WSIU.”

Stackhouse said other features include an alarm clock to wake up with WSIU Radio, a search option to locate specific stories or segments, and the option to create bookmarks for live stories or On-Demand content. “The bookmarks are compatible with radiobookmark.com and users can share WSIU content by email or via social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter,” she said.

To learn more about the new WSIU app and find download links, visit wsiu.org/mobile.

About WSIU

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach unit.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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