May 31, 2012 13:11 ET

TuneIn and HOT 97 Bring 2012 Summer Jam Concert Live to Millions for Free

Exclusive Channel Gives Fans Everywhere Front Row Seats to the World's Premier Hip Hop Festival

PALO ALTO, CA and NEW YORK, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - For the first time ever, hip hop fans everywhere can hear unforgettable performances from Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Trey Songz and many more, live, as they take the stage for HOT 97 Summer Jam, the world's premier hip hop concert. TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to music, sports and news from all over the world, collaborated with New York's #1 station for hip hop and R&B, HOT 97 FM (WQHT), to give millions the ability to join the 55,000 Summer Jam ticketholders through their smartphones or desktops, for free.

Made available exclusively via TuneIn, the HOT 97 Summer Jam Channel extends the reach of the legendary concert beyond the stands of New Jersey's MetLife Stadium to the homes, cars and smartphones of millions more around the world. Listeners eager to hear everything happening on the HOT 97 Summer Jam stage -- live -- can access the free channel by searching "Summer Jam" on any of the 150 TuneIn platforms including smartphones apps, connected vehicle dashboards, Internet home entertainment systems and online at

The ability for listeners to feel like they are in the front row for the entire HOT 97 Summer Jam 2012 concert enhances the HOT 97 Summer Jam Channel already available on TuneIn. As previously announced, the HOT 97 Summer Jam Channel includes uncensored and uninterrupted music from classic HOT 97 Summer Jam stars as well as archived HOT 97 Summer Jam performances from Jay-Z, Kanye West and Michael Jackson in addition to the artists performing at this year's event. Fans have never had access to this type of content before as archived performances previously have not been part of the regular on-air rotation.

John Donham, CEO of TuneIn, states, "TuneIn takes people places. This collaboration with HOT 97 speaks to the power of TuneIn to expand unique experiences like Summer Jam to wider audiences, taking people to events and places in ways that were never before possible."

Rick Cummings, President of Programming, Emmis Communications, adds, "It is very fitting that HOT 97, one of the few truly global U.S. radio brands, team up with TuneIn to bring HOT 97's Summer Jam to people all over the planet! We are delighted to be able to do so."

"There is always great anticipation around who will grace the HOT 97 Summer Jam stage, with special appearances and surprise guests every year. It's the most relevant live event in hip hop and now fans who couldn't access tickets far and wide can feel the excitement and participate in the audio experience in real time through TuneIn," says Alex Cameron, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Emmis New York.

The HOT 97 Summer Jam 2012 concert kicks off at 7:00pm Eastern, with the Festival Village stage beginning at 2:00pm, on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. For additional information on HOT 97 and Summer Jam 2012, please visit To learn more about TuneIn or to download the service, check out

About TuneIn
TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are. TuneIn offers more than 60,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. The company's mobile apps are ranked in the top five in the App Store's Music category across 82 countries and territories. TuneIn raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in late 2010 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, Calif.

About HOT 97
HOT 97 (WQHT FM) is the world's first all Hip-Hop station and has held the dominant position in New York for over ten years. HOT 97 is best known for it's celebrity on air talent, such as Angie Martinez (Grammy nominated artist) and Funkmaster Flex (television host, multiple gold records), as well as being the world's premier source for Hip Hop music culture. For more information on Summer Jam and HOT 97, please visit, HOT 97 on the Web at,, or

About Emmis Communications -- Great Media, Great People, Great Service®:
Emmis is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing operations. Emmis owns 21 FM and 2 AM domestic radio stations serving the nation's largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind. In May 2005, Emmis announced its intent to seek strategic alternatives for its 16 television stations, and has announced the sales of 15 of them. Emmis also owns a radio network, international radio stations, regional and specialty magazines, an interactive business and ancillary businesses in broadcast sales.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Sarah Hahn
    Allison+Partners for TuneIn
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    Ryan Polivka
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    Lindsay Salandra
    HOT 97 Publicist
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    A'ngelique Tyree
    HOT 97 Publicist
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    Donyshia Benjamin
    HOT 97 Senior Director of Promotions and Digital Media
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