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Otto Radio Adds Themed Stations Feature

Also taps “tastemakers” to curate playlists

San Francisco-based Otto Radio has added “Themed Stations” to its platform, augmenting its customized Radio YOU product with the ability for listeners to take a deep-dive into topics of their choice.

The company says its algorithm is able to understand audio content and apply those insights to add relevant stories and podcasts to create playlists based on “the unique interests and behaviors of individual listeners.” Radio YOU generates playlists based on a combination interests as indicated by users, according to Otto Radio.

“Themed Stations is the natural extension of our first product — a personalized radio station covering all my interests,” said Otto Radio CEO and co-founder Stanley Yuan.

Additionally, the company has added “tastemaker”-curated, subject-specific “Featured Stations” covering different topics presented by subject matter experts.