RAIN 3/8: Top streaming, broadcast, research and measurement experts join RAIN Summit West

Michael Schmitt
March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

Today we're announcing four additions to the growing list of speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012: TuneIn's Carl Rohling, Triton Digital's Rob Favre, SNL Kagan's Robin Flynn and Fox News Radio's William Sanchez.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Robert FavreRobert Favre (pictured right) serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and General Manager of Triton Digital Data and Analytics. In 2009 as SVP of Technology at Ando Media, Favre led the efforts to introduce new streaming measurements -- Average Active Sessions (AAS), Active Sessions (AS) and Session Starts (SS) -- within the context of the "one minute rule", moving away from the old five minute and quarter hour based measurements of traditional broadcast radio.

Robin FlynnSNL Kagan Senior Analyst Robin Flynn (pictured left) has been analyzing and valuing companies and assets in the multichannel and radio/TV station fields for 20 years, since joining SNL Kagan in 1988. She also hosts several SNL Kagan events, such as the SNL Kagan Radio/TV Values & Finance Summit.

Carl RohlingCarl Rohling, TuneIn Vice President of Sales (pictured right), has served with the company for six years increasing distribution to over 186 products worldwide covering mobile, connected home and automotive categories. Managing TuneIn’s growth from one million users in 2009 to a profitable 35 million today, Rohling has teams based in Detroit, UK, Tokyo, Palo Alto and New York.

William SanchezWilliam Sanchez (pictured left) serves as Director/Executive Producer Web Operations for Fox News Radio. He's been with Fox News Radio for more than six years and has also held positions at ABC Sports, Virage and ABC NewsOne.

Other speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Slacker CEO Jim Cady, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger, The Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese and many others.

ESPN SVP of Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West 2012RAIN Summit West will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th, in Minneapolis (at the Conclave) on July 20, and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

Michael Schmitt
March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

Mike AgovinoYesterday we wrote that, according to CEO Joe Kennedy, Pandora is working with Triton Digital to create custom reports "in the same format advertisers are accustomed to seeing." The goal being to "make the mechanics of planning and transacting an ad campaign on Pandora as seamless as doing so on broadcast radio" (more here).

Now Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino (pictured) tells Inside Radio they're not just working with Pandora, but also "other publishers to drill down deeper into their audience intelligence provided by Webcast Metrics into custom geographies and segments of the publisher’s choosing." The custom reports won't be made public.

It will reportedly take some time to create these custom reports however. Inside Radio says 18-24 months, in fact.

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Paul Maloney
March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

DIRECTV satellite television customers can now access and control Pandora music streams via their television and associated audio components via DIRECTV's HD DVR (connected to the Internet).

The companies announced the launch of the service yesterday, which allows customers to access their existing personal Pandora channels as well as create new ones.  The feature includes the ability to play Pandora audio over video content.

Note that Pandora is already available to home users via dozens of devices like Blu-ray players, HD televisions, home theater receivers, various digital media set-top boxes, and the Sony Entertainment Network (more on this here).

Read more from Pandora here or DIRECTV here.

Paul Maloney
March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' privately-held Corbis has launched GreenLight Music, an online music service to allow customers to license music for the web, advertising, and other professional uses.

The service offers over a million songs from "the Big Four" (Warner, EMI, Universal, and Sony). According to reports, customers bid for the use of avaialble songs, then negotiate with labels for the final price.

A GreenLight spokesman says the company has no plans at present to create a consumer-targeted online music service.

Read more from Newsday here.