Indianapolis, IN. – February 1, 2017 – As part of its strategy to deliver an enhanced visual hybrid radio station experience beyond the smartphone, TagStation is increasing focused efforts on the connected car. The company has hired Derek Rohloff as VP automotive business development to spearhead inclusion in the next generation auto dashboard.
TagStation’s activity in the dashboard space began in 2012 when it worked with a leading OEM to build a prototype for SmartDeviceLink. Rapid advancements in the connected car and the growing demand for an enhanced radio experience are leading the company’s automotive expansion.
“Derek brings his proven expertise and deep industry contacts to the team which will help us ramp up quickly. The timing is right for the company, as we are poised and ready to showcase what we can offer to the automotive industry”, said Paul Brenner, President, NextRadio and TagStation.
Derek previously had similar roles serving as Vice President, Worldwide Content & US Automotive and Vice President Automotive Strategic Partnerships. In his new role, Derek will leverage his past experience and focus on the integration of the NextRadio app and the TagStation cloud service through embedded radio services, SmartDeviceLink or other app-based hybrid radio solutions.
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TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners. With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio smartphone app which uses TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich FM radio listening experience on smartphones and tablets by combining the devices’ built-in FM tuner and the internet. NextRadio, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TagStation, LLC and serves as the principle distributor of the NextRadio App. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC and NextRadio, LLC are headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information, about TagStation®, visit TagStation.com. For more information about NextRadio®, visit NextRadioApp.com.