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She tells jokes, gives the weather and traffic reports, and just landed a part in the new movie RADIO WARS. Not bad for the first day at work.
San Antonio, TX. (Aug. 24, 2011) The San Antonio radio station KROV debuted the first “Virtual DJ” in history this week. It’s new artificial intelligence software called “Denise” has been programmed to do the announcing between songs instead of a live deejay.
Denise was originally an artificial intelligence (AI) program that was specially developed to serve as a virtual assistant. She could answer phone calls, check email, conduct Web searches as well as schedule appointments. But her job skills are growing and she can now add radio “DJ” to her resume.
According to it’s maker Guile3D, “Denise is a very unique software. Within time, she will improve until the day no one will be able to differentiate her from a real human being.”
Dominique Garcia, a radio personality in San Antonio, purchased Denise and programmed the AI to serve as a radio host. Denise launched her first show on the airwaves Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. CST on KROV. Film crews were there for the event.
Director Sandra Mohr sent her camera crew to the studio to offer Denise a part in her upcoming film RADIO WARS-The Historic Battles that Redefined Radio. Denise happily complied. She even signed her own release. She will be seen in the historical documentary due out in September. Mohr is currently offering video clips of this unique day in broadcasting free to the media at the movie site http://RadioWars.com.
Not everyone is happy about Denise’s arrival, and many complain the new technology will put flesh-and-blood radio personalities out of work. “A lot of radio DJs are pretty upset with me because it does work,” Garcia told MSNBC.
Dominique Garcia, Introduced “Denise” the First Virtual DJ to Radio. Garcia is also an On-Air Personality and Journalist.
A script writer will generally tell Denise what to say between music sets, though “she” has the capability to tell jokes, do the weather forecast and find answers on the Internet on her own.
Her creator says the change to a virtual radio host could save stations hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. He told reporters “If you have a staff of five that is paid $100,000 a year each, that’s half-a-million dollars,” he said. “The entire (AI) program is $200, a one-time fee. You never have to pay an annual fee. It never has to go to the bathroom. It never goes on an egomaniac spree. It is always there.”
Music writer and broadcaster Alan Cross reacts with passion writing, “Radio strength is its intimacy. A good radio personality is your friend, companion and filter. Without a genuine human touch, radio is nothing more than an unprogrammbale iPod. With commercials.”
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All of the clips on this page are FREE to use when attributed to the movie: RADIO WARS
Tommy Calvert, Jr., General Manager and Co-Founder for KROV 91.7-HD2FM (San Antonio Community Radio) gives his perspective on the historic broadcast at his station.
Music Writer and Broadcaster Alan Cross (Ontario, Canada) comments on Denise: The first digital, virtual, computer DJ in history. She is in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.
Journalist “Relmor” (Arizona) comments on “Old media vs new media” in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.
Rick Phebus, Founder of the popular Satellite Radio News site KingofAllTrades.com comments on “Old media vs new media” in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.
Contact Denise’s Creator Dominique Garcia HERE
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Filmmaker Sandra Mohr has directed award winning documentaries and is also a published author based in Hollywood, CA. RADIO WARS will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the Fall 2011. Visit RadioWars.com for more information.
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