Like most stations, KITS, 105.3 on the dial, normally works from a playlist chosen after extensive market research and put into heavier or lighter rotation depending on how new the song is, the artist's name recognition and whether it seems to be catching on with listeners. But on Sunday nights, the station experiments with something called Jelli Radio, where listeners go online and vote songs up or down to decide what ends up on the airwaves.
“If Google created a radio station, what would it be?” asks Mike Dougherty, chief executive of Jelli Inc., based in San Mateo, Calif. Jelli considered how Google tunes its search product to deliver the most relevant possible results, based on data from other users. “That's the genesis of what we did.”
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