7/31/13: Today's your last chance to enter the RAIN Internet Radio Awards

Paul Maloney
July 31, 2013 - 11:25am

Today is the final day to enter your station or webcast service in the 4th annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

We'll announce the winners and present the awards at the RAIN Summits fall event in conjunction with the RAB/NAB Radio Show. This year, we'll be in Orlando on September 17th (today is also the deadline to take advantage of the $99 early-bird registration price).

Our panel of independent judges, made up of industry professionals, will choose a single winner in each of the following categories:

  • Best Overall Online Radio Service
  • Best Streaming Broadcast Station
  • Best Single Station Webcaster
  • Best Overall Digital Strategy
  • We've added a fifth category this year: International excellence in Online Audio

The new fifth award will recognize global excellence among services not based in the United States (though non-U.S. operators are still eligible for the other appropriate categories as well).

The RAIN Internet Radio Awards were created to recognize the achievments of webcasters and broadcasters who shape our industry. This year's edition is sponsored by Triton Digital. Last year Pandora and ESPN Audio shared the RAIN Award for Best Overall Online Radio Service. ESPNRadio.com was also named Best Streaming Broadcast Station, while Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio was selected for Best Overall Digital Strategy, and independent webcaster RoothogRadio.com won Best Single Stream Webcaster.

If you represent a broadcaster, webcaster, or other online audio service, enter the competition today via the RAIN Internet Radio Awards website.

RAIN Summits are the premiere educational and networking conferences for the Internet radio and streaming audio industry in the US and Europe. The Summits feature panel discussions and presentations from leading executives and entrepreneurs in Internet radio. Learn more here.

Paul Maloney
July 31, 2013 - 11:25am

An exiled Syrian living in Jordan is bringing hope and inspiration to his war-torn country with his Internet radio station.

Baladna FM (it means "our country") was founded by 35-year-old Monis Bukhari, and is based in Amman. Bukhari assembles content from more than 100 volunteer reporters in Syria, Amman, and Amsterdam listeners in Syria.

The reporting isn't focused on hard news. It more about the struggles of daily life for Syrians, how people survive and cope in a country broken apart by civil war. And unlike other media in Syria, Baladna regularly deals with women's rights and issues.

Adding to the station's challenges is the fact that its banned by the Syrian government, and is regularly subject to hacking attacks by supporters of Syria's government. Even so, up to ten-thousand listeners, mainly in Syria and Saudi Arabia, access the station daily.

Deutshe Welle has more here, and Re:publica 13 here.

Paul Maloney
July 31, 2013 - 11:25am

Two radio industry veterans are behind a new online audio solution called iNetRadio. The service launched today in beta for the desktop and apps for iOS and Android mobile platforms.

The company behind iNetRadio is called Internetwork. Clark Burgard is founder, CTO, and lead developer; John McConnell is head of strategic business development.

iNetRadio allows users to combine music channels with news, weather, sports, and podcasts within the stream. Users can customize their own channels with music and spoken-word content, and share self-produced music or other content.

"As radio industry veterans, we were passionate about embracing radio's nearly 90 year heritage. iNetRadio succeeds at this by fusing the traditional radio experience with the convenience of the internet, delivering as much diverse content as the radio with the accessibility of a multi-platform app," McConnell said in a press release.

Paul Maloney
July 31, 2013 - 11:25am

Journalists in the early-1920s addressed the cultural impact of the new technology "the same way they always have, with trend pieces introduced by provocatively clickable headlines," writes TheWeek.com.

The site found headlines from twelve newspaper and magazine articles published during the early days of radio "that could just as well be attached to trend-pieces on anything that's newfangled today."

Here are some (read all 12 here):

  • "Does radio rob the song writers?"
  • "How radio is remaking the world."
  • "Fight for freedom of the air."
  • "Urgent need for radio legislation."