RAIN 4/17: Thanks to all for our biggest and best RAIN Summit yet

Michael Schmitt
April 17, 2012 - 11:00am

RAIN Summit West 2012

RAIN Summit West 2012 this past Sunday was a whirlwind of a day, packed to the brim with new research, fascinating discussions and more than a few thought-provoking ideas. It was without a doubt our biggest and best conference yet: hundreds of people attended to hear from more than 50 speakers, 2 keynote presentations, 2 research presentations, 3 POVs (Points of View) and 7 panels.

We'd like to thank all of our speakers and presentators, all of our sponsors and of course everyone who attended!

We'll post videos of the Summit from RTT News as soon as possible and have more coverage of the conference in the days ahead. In the meantime, here's a quick list of some of the coverage of RAIN Summit West:

You can find RAIN Summit West's agenda and speaker list here.

We hope you'll join us in Texas on September 18 for RAIN Summit Dallas, or on October 5 for RAIN Summit Europe in Berlin.

Paul Maloney
April 17, 2012 - 11:00am

Arbitron SVP/Digital Media & Analytics Paul Krasinski has announced his exit from the company, and he's reportedly "headed for a social media company." In January 2011, Krasinski (right), then COO at Ando Media, joined Arbitron to lead the company's digital development. Arbitron is planning a return to online radio metrics with the launch of its "Total Audience Measurement" system.

Meanwhile, Listener Driven Radio has named Gabe Hobbs Strategic Advisor. Hobbs has more than 20 years experience in news, talk, and sports programming (1998-2008 he ran Clear Channel’s 275 news, talk, and sports stations). Listener Driven Radio recently launched its "Topic Pulse" service, which scans all available news sources, local blogs, Facebook posts, Tweets, and other social media so producers and talent can monitor topics and stories "getting buzz" in a market.

Finally, Pandora has named Rena Shapiro as Director of Political Advertising Sales. Shapiro (left), who was director/political and issue advocacy accounts at AOL, also helped create Google's political ad business. Last fall Pandora unveiled a new targeted ad product for political candidates and special interest groups, which targets listeners based on ZIP Code.

Paul Maloney
April 17, 2012 - 11:00am

Kickstarter, you may know, is an online platform by which entrepreneurs and innovators can crowdsource funding to realize their goals. You post your idea for a project or a business, a fund-raising goal, and your deadline. If you convince enough visitors to pledge money that you meet your goal, you're funded!

Radiosurvivor.com recently published "Five Kickstarter radio projects that worked," a round-up of projects that have been raising money on the Kickstarter platform.

Two are webcasters. BBOX Radio is in Brooklyn, and features local music and arts, and offer a live performance space. Mutiny Radio is also community-based, and originates from its own cafe in San Francisco.

Two other projects have a more international tilt. Radio Tanzania is working to digitize over 100,000 hours of original Tanzanian music, stored on fragile audio tape and mostly recorded in the days after that country gained its independence from colonial rule. They plan to feature content on CD and a website. Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language show, and features stories of Latin Americans in the U.S. and Latin America.

The last project, Hidden Radio, has raised more than $900-thousand to fund its idea: a device that's a radio receiver and speaker for other portable devices.

Read RadioSurvivor's coverage of these cool projects here.