6/5/13: RAIN Summits announces Entercom CEO/pres David Field to keynote in Orlando

Paul Maloney
June 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

David Field, president and CEO of Entercom Communications, will be the keynote speaker at this year's RAIN Summit Orlando on Tuesday, September 17th. RAIN Summit's annual half-day fall conference will take place the day immediately preceding The RAB/NAB Radio Show.

As leader of one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies, Field has worked in various positions in Entercom for 26 years and currently serves on the boards of the Radio Advertising Bureau, the National Association of Broadcasters, and The Wilderness Society. Fields was recognized as the 2006 Radio Executive of the Year by Radio Ink Magazine and one of the best CEOs in America by Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

"We are thrilled to feature David Field as our keynote speaker at this year’s RAIN Summit at The Radio Show," said RAIN Summits president Jennifer Lane. "Entercom is one of the most innovative broadcast companies, distributing content across a wide variety of new media platforms to best serve their listeners."

Hosted by RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter publisher Kurt Hanson, the Summit will feature a variety of other speakers and panelists, offering insights on advertising sales, programming, audience metrics, social media, and emerging technology in online radio. Hanson will also make his "State of the Industry" address on the present and future of radio and new media.

An official partner event of The Radio Show, RAIN Summits are the premiere educational and networking events for Internet radio, focusing on the intersection of radio and the Internet. RAIN Summits are geared to broadcasters pureplay webcasters alike.

Previous RAIN Summit keynote speakers include CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, RAB president/CEO Erica Farber, Clear Channel EVP/Digital Sales Tim Castelli, NPR SVP/Digital Media Kinsey Wilson, ESPN SVP Traug Keller, and Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy.

RAIN Summit Orlando is Tuesday, September 17 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. We'll soon announce more speakers and panel topics. You can always find the lastest information, along with registration links, on the RAIN Summit Orlando web page here. For sponsorship information, contact RAIN Summits president Jennifer Lane.

Paul Maloney
June 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

Today Pandora is available on more than 900 consumer electronics devices (besides computers, mobile phones, and tablets) like smart TVs, streaming media players, and home theater systems. To achieve this, the company has tasked an army of engineers to build the applications that run in each of these different environments.

Today Pandora revealed its new standards-based, HTML5 site for smart TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes. CTO and EVP/Product Tom Conrad explained, "By using this platform, we can deliver a uniform experience across any standards-compliant TV, game console, or set top box and focus our efforts on end user benefits and innovation rather than platform specific details."

The site, tv.pandora.com, is optimized for a "10-foot experience," with navigation, controls, and display designed specifically for big screens. It's already running on the Xbox 360, will soon be available elsewhere as more vendors introduce standards-compliant (that is, which can handle HTML5) equipment.

Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk adds that an added benefit for Pandora might be that advertisers will pay more for ads with display elements that are pumped-up for the big screen. He also notes that people often have their best sound-reproducing equipment connected to the television.

Read more from Van Buskirk here. Pandora's Conrad blogged about tv.pandora.com here.

Paul Maloney
June 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

Music publishers and labels may not be the only bumps in Apple's road to launching its upcoming Internet radio service.

Some experts, according to The Washington Post, say federal antitrust laws may gum the works for Apple as well.

Apple's share of the music download business with iTunes is above 60%, which reportedly "means regulators are likely to monitor any move into a related business to ensure that the company isn't improperly using its muscle to squeeze out competitors," writes the paper.

The key issue, according to the experts with whom the paper spoke, would be if Apple's licensing deals with labels and publishers took advantage of the company's size and market share to unfairly box-out companies like Pandora or Spotify in the competition for customers.

The company is currently embroiled in antitrust legal proceedings involving e-books.

Read more from The Washington Post here.