RAIN 10/13: Clear Channel Radio names Lakamp, Calamera to lead digital division

Michael Schmitt
October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel's new President of DigitalClear Channel has promoted Brian Lakamp (pictured) to the newly-created position of President of Clear Channel Digital. Lakamp was previously Executive Vice President of Digital Media. Lakamp will oversee iHeartRadio, local radio stations' Internet properties and the company's digital strategy as a whole. (Lakamp spoke at RAIN Summit Chicago as part of the Give Listeners What They Want panel -- watch it here).

The company also named Pablo Calamera as Chief Technology Officer of Clear Channel Digital. He was previously Thumbplay's CTO. Thumbplay was an on-demand music subscription service acquired by Clear Channel in March to help power the new customizable iHeartRadio (RAIN coverage here).

You can find Clear Channel's press release here.

Michael Schmitt
October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

Pioneer's AppRadio with Rdio playingPioneer's in-dash AppRadio connects with iPhones to stream Pandora and Rdio (RAIN coverage here). Engadget recently reviewed the $400 device, finding the Net radio options to be seamless and slick.

But the device itself offers some annoyances. Navigating through the music apps on the AppRadio's touchscreen is "a relative pain" while driving, writes Engadget. Plus there are some annoying bugs and quirks, like not being able to listen to the radio and use the AppRadio's navigation features at the same time.

Overall, Engadget writes the AppRadio is like "peeking into the future": lots of potential, but currently too many first-generation bugs for mainstream drivers. You can find the full review here.

Paul Maloney
October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

"Research has shown that listeners to all formats seek out Christmas music during the holidays – so if you’re not providing that service under your brand umbrella, you’re virtually forcing listeners to tune away to media you don’t control and can’t monetize."

Custom Channels That's Dave Rahn, president of Custom Channels, which is building online custom Holiday Music Channels for broadcasters. So instead of abandoning their favorite local station and going to a market competitor that's gone "all Christmas" for the season, listeners can enjoy holiday music from their favorite station's website.

Custom Channels' "soup to chestnuts" package includes all costs (including music licensing) plus sales tools and recommendations for station advertisers. Read more here.

Michael Schmitt
October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

David KrinskyRhapsody's General Manager of Label Relations and Business Development David Krinsky (pictured) has been hired by Google, reports Digital Music News.

It is not yet known what Krinsky will be doing at Google, but DMN writes "we're putting our bets on Google Music [the company's cloud music service, RAIN coverage here]...The presence of Krinsky suggests some sort of conversation [with the major record labels about licensing], though we'll have to see."

You can find DMN's full analysis here.