BINGHAM FARMS ��At-home radio listening may be in decline, but smart devices are on the rise. In fact,�jacapps� Fred Jacobs�described the Amazon Echo and Google Home as �the new radios for the home� in a press release announcing his latest venture.
With that in mind,�Jacobs,�Amplifi Media�s Steve Goldstein and Lee Davis have teamed up to create a company focusing on the creation of �voice command solutions for the radio and podcasting industries,� according to an announcement.
Dubbed �SonicAi,� the company will develop �skills� for Amazon Echo and Google Home smart devices. According to Jacobs Media�s pending Techsurvey13, 11% of homes already have one of these devices. On the other hand, research has shown that in-home radio listening is in decline.
Amplifi Media and Davis will focus on sales, marketing and �skills� architecture. The jacapps� mobile app developer team will handle product development and customer service.
�We have developed solutions to make it easy for consumers to find and access a brand�s audio content,� said Goldstein. �We also think audio content creators will be more successful with enhanced choices beyond basic streams. We call these �smart skills,� and we plan to have a full suite of offerings.�
Davis has held senior leadership positions with some of the top media companies in the United States, including CBS and Univision. Davis has run radio brands including WFAN(AM/FM), WINS(AM) and Univision Radio.