On February 14, Relevant Radio, talk radio for Catholic life, launched their new mobile app on iOS and Android mobile devices. I’ve been using this free app for about a week and believe that it really is the best radio media mobile app.
This app makes it really easy to listen to the live broadcast anywhere you are across the world. You also have easy access to prayer requests, can donate to the station, listen to podcasts of their programs, email the station, use it as an alarm clock, access to their Facebook page, get information about the station, and have direct access to their website.
When you click on the “listen live” button, the stream is faster to listen to then tuning in on the radio. If you tune in to the station in your car via the app, you’ll able to continue listening as you leave your car.
In tapping on the “prayer request” button, you’ll able to fill out a simple form with what you need from God. A simple tap on “donate” will take you to an Internet browser where you’ll able to financially support the Relevant Radio station.
Did you miss a program on Relevant Radio, want to re-listen to an hour of one of your favorite programs, or want to share on Facebook or Twitter? A tap on the familiar RSS Podcasts button will show you a list of the top programs on the station. Then, tap on the program you want to listen and then another tap on the hour or episode that you want to listen to. You can also share any of the podcasts via Facebook or Twitter.
Do you like what you hear on the station? A simple touch of the “Email” icon will allow you to send a general message to the Relevant Radio network.
The app gets even better with a simple swipe to the right of your finger. Another tap on the “alarm” tab will show you a familiar date and time alarm clock that is similar to the alarm clock feature on the iOS device.
According to the app, if you leave the app opoen, the live stream will start the time you’ve set the alarm for. If you have the app in the background mode or closed, then an alert will appear at the time the alarm was set for. Within the “alarm” feature, click on “clock” text for the date, current time, and alarm time. And don’t forgot to swipe from “off” to “on” to turn the alarm clock on.
Then for the latest updates from the Relevant Radio station, tap on that familiar Facebook button. For access to their website, email, web support, prayer line, donor line, studio line, or the mailing address for the national headquarters, tap on the “info” button. An additional feature on the “info” tab will also provide you with contact info on JACApps, the company who helps to create mobile apps for media organizations.
Then to go to the mobile website, a tap on the “website” button will bring you to the website where they have more information on the programs and station.
The app also has four banners that rotate with their logo, the Morning Air weekday air times, the Go Ask Your Father program, the Drew Mariani Show, and the Relevant Radio CateQuiz. Tapping in these mobile banners will provide you with more information on the top weekday programs. You can also tap an ad at the top of the app to order Fr. Rocky’s (their executive director) new book, Pray the Memorare.
A feature that I’d like to see added to an update of the app is easy access to the network schedule or text that says what program is “airing now.”
As a Catholic Techie, I encourage you to download this app for free on you Apple iOS or Android mobile devices. Just go to RelevantRadio.com and enter keyword “App” or go directly to RelevantRadio.com/App.
The iPhone app is compatible with the iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch and requires iOS 4.3 or later. For Android users, you must have Android 2.2 or higher.
This app review was written as I was listening to Hour 1 of the Drew Mariani Show on Thursday, February 21st.
Copyright 2013 Daniel Smrokowski