Radio Station Debuts AI DJ That Sounds Just Like Human Host

Alpha Media’s KBFF Live 95.5 FM in Portland, Oregon, has become the first radio station to put an AI-generated disc jockey on the air. The station is using Futuri Media’s RadioGPT software to broadcast an AI/synthetic version of its host, Ashley Elzinga.

The AI Ashley voice sounds remarkably similar to the original, and can interact with listeners and callers. In a video, AI Ashley even gave one winning listener Taylor Swift tickets.

Alpha Media’s EVP of content Phil Becker assured listeners that Elzinga’s job is safe, and she will be receiving the same pay. He said that AI Ashley is a tool that will allow DJs to multitask like never before.

“It’s a hybrid situation where we’ll have traditional Ashley on during some segments, and we’ll have AI Ashley on during other segments,” Becker said. “In an instance where AI Ashley would be broadcasting, the traditional Ashley might be doing something in the community, managing social posts or working on digital assets or the other elements that come with the job.”

Becker said that the station wants to be transparent with its listeners about the addition of AI Ashley. “It’s not our intent to ever deceive anybody,” he said.

People can tune in to hear AI Ashley on Live 95.5 every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here are some additional details about AI Ashley:

  • She was created using Futuri Media’s RadioGPT software, which is powered by GPT-4.
  • She can interact with listeners and callers, and even give away prizes.
  • She is scheduled to broadcast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
  • Alpha Media says that AI Ashley will allow DJs to multitask like never before.
  • The station wants to be transparent with its listeners about the addition of AI Ashley.

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