1/14/13: RAB's Farber to keynote RAIN Summit West in Vegas April 7th

Paul Maloney
January 14, 2013 - 12:25pm

Radio Advertising Bureau's Erica Farber will be the keynote speaker at this year’s RAIN Summit West, Sunday, April 7th in Las Vegas, during the week of the NAB Show.

RAIN's annual full-day Internet radio conference is a co-located education program of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, the Summit focuses on the intersection of radio and the Internet, and is geared to both broadcasters on the Web (like Clear Channel Radio and CBS Radio), and Internet-only webcasters (Pandora and AccuRadio).

As president and CEO of the RAB, Farber leads Radio’s advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising revenue, and communicate Radio’s digital transition. In her keynote address at RAIN Summit West, Farber will offer her perspectives on radio's digital initiatives and prospects for the future.

Previous keynote speakers at RAIN Summits include ESPN senior vice president Traug Keller, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Hubbard Broadcasting (at the time Bonneville International) president and CEO Bruce Reese, NPR SVP/Digital Media Kinsey Wilson, and Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy.

The former publisher of Radio & Records, Ms. Farber received an American Broadcast Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters' Foundation and has consistently been voted one of "The Most Influential Women in Radio."

RAIN Summits will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks. Other RAIN Summits are set for later this year, including Europe in late spring, and Orlando (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 17th.

For information on the event or for sponsorship information contact RAIN Summits president Jennifer Lane.

Paul Maloney
January 14, 2013 - 12:25pm

Pandora's CTO Tom Conrad and CRO John Trimble both took time at last week's CES to talk to media: Watch TechCrunch's interview with Conrad here and read AdAge's interview with Trimble here.

Conrad discussed the different development approaches for the now 1,000+ different interations of Pandora on desktops, mobile devices, consumer electronics devices, and automobiles. Trimble told AdAge that profitability is "doable" for Pandora, and so far the webcaster has focused more on building audience. He revealed that mobile advertising brings Pandora about $100 million a year, from 67 million monthly users -- now 55% of Pandora's revenue.

The webcaster announced at CES (see our coverage here) that its service is now integrated into Chrysler's new "Uconnect Access" in-dash system, making it Pandora's 20th U.S. automotive partner (including carmakers and after-market manufacturers). More than 85 different car models now are Pandora-capable.

Paul Maloney
January 14, 2013 - 12:25pm

Slashgear is reporting webcaster Slacker Radio will soon hold an event "to reveal a complete overhaul of the service."

Slacker, one of the country's leading webcasters (after Pandora, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, and now Cumulus stations), has made the effort to widen access to its service (see RAIN here), including deals with Microsoft for the Xbox 360, Sprint for the "Entertain Me" app bundle on mobile devices, and Chrysler with Uconnect. Yet Slacker hasn't seen major audience growth since it picked up the Aol Radio channels (see RAIN here), in October of 2011.

"A PR representative for Slacker told us that the company will launch a major overhaul of the radio service in order to better compete with Spotify and other popular music-streaming services," Slashgear reports. "The service will see a refocusing of its efforts, and the redesign and restructuring will be completely different than what the service is currently all about."

Read more here (and, h/t to Tom Taylor, who covers it today here).