RAIN 1/30: Upcoming Radiodays Europe conference now lists more than 50 speakers

Michael Schmitt
January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

Radiodays Europe 2012Annual European radio conference Radiodays Europe this year boasts more than 50 announced speakers so far -- including RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson. The gathering will take place March 15-16, 2012 in Barcelona.

Hanson will speak on the topic of personalized radio and how it fits into radio's new Golden Age. Other speakers to appear at Radiodays Europe 2012 include:

  • Radio futurologist James Cridland
  • Radioplayer Founder/Managing Director Michael Hill
  • vTuner CEO John Ousby
  • Spotify Country Manager of Spain Lutz Emmerich
  • Prisa Radio Chief Digital Officer Javier Viroomal
  • Absolute Radio Co-Founder/COO Clive Dickens
  • Ira Glass, producer and presenter of "This American Life"

You can find Radiodays Europe's full speaker list here. The conference's agenda can be found here.

Radiodays Europe's gathering in 2011 had nearly 700 participants from 45 countries. The organizers behind the conference recommend registering for a ticket soon (here). "The interest in Radiodays Europe, now in its third year, is growing and many have already booked their tickets. The capacity of the venue is not unlimited."

Michael Schmitt
January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

James VanOsdolFormer on-air radio personality James VanOsdol has joined the Steve Dahl Network, reports Chicagoland Radio and Media.

VanOsdol is a former personality and music programmer who has served at Chicago's Q101 (WKQX-FM), WXRT-FM and WZZN-FM. VanOsdol will produce interview podcasts for Dahl's subscribers. He joins former radio personality Kevin Matthews (who joined the Dahl Network in November 2011, see RAIN here) and of course Steve Dahl himself. 

After his own contract with CBS Radio in Chicago ended, Dahl began podcasting in September 2009, making his shows available for free on his website (He appeared at two RAIN Summit events last year to speak, and learn, about the business.). In August 2011, he made the podcast a $9.95/month subscription service (see RAIN here).

Chicagoland Radio and Media has more coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

NASA's Third Rock web radio stationNASA recently updated its iPhone, iPad and Android apps to include its Third Rock Radio stream. NASA launched the indie/alternative rock Internet radio station in December 2011 (RAIN coverage here).

The NASA mobile apps also include on-demand videos, live streaming NASA TV coverage, news stories and more.

Scientific Computing has more coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

Bob MacciniFormer Ando Media CEO Bob Maccini says he's received "numerous comments" and feedback in response to his blog post last week. That blog post questioned why so many non-Clear Channel broadcasters were adding their streams to iHeartRadio (RAIN coverage here).

Maccini -- now a managing director at Angel Street Capital -- acknowledges some of the unique circumstances of various broadcasters in a follow-up blog post today. "For smaller stations that can’t afford to invest in a mobile platform iHeartRadio is a way to for their listener’s to access their streams on mobile devices [and in the car]," he writes.

That said, he reiterates a point he made last week: "Stations looking for monetization should not rely on iHeartRadio’s platform to deliver meaningful revenue."

You can find Maccini's new post at Angel Street Capital's blog here.