RAIN 7/25: See the full agenda for Sept. 18 RAIN Summit Dallas

Paul Maloney
July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

We've now published the full slate of panels and speakers for our RAIN Summit Dallas industry event, held in conjunction with the RAB NAB Radio Show in September. Please see our RAIN Summit Dallas info page for the panel and presentation descriptions, plus speakers and panelists, registration details, sponsor information, and more.

We're excited to welcome Clear Channel Media and Entertainment President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships Tim Castelli as the RAIN Summit Dallas keynote speaker (more here). We'll also have experts in sales like Marketron SVP Susie Hedrick, CBS Local's Neil Salvage, Cory Smith from ESPN Radio, and Cox Media Group's Jeffrey Ulrich.

As part of the Summit, we'll make the presentation of the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards (more info here).

The Radio Show is currently offering a special two-for-one discount if you plan to attend both the Radio Show and RAIN Summit Dallas! Again, please see the RAIN Summit Dallas info page for registration details.

You can always get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming RAIN Summit events, plus coverage of past events, in the RAIN Summits section of our website. Look for the green tab near the top of the page labelled "Summits."

Michael Schmitt
July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

MALCOLM logoLos Angeles public radio station KCRW has launched an online music submission system called MALCOLM (named after the station's 15-year-old nickname for its internal record filing system).

KCRW says the new system will help "independent artists in submitting their work... KCRW is making an effort to better service the up-and-coming artists that have built the foundation for KCRW's groundbreaking music programming."

Artists can create their own profile on MALCOLM and submit 3 tracks to KCRW, even designating which DJ or show their music is best suited for. DJs can share music with each other using MALCOLM, too.

Engadget has more coverage, including KCRW's press release, here. And you can find MALCOLM here.

Michael Schmitt
July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

Radio.SCRadio.SC is a web app that builds radio streams out of the music tastes of any SoundCloud user. (SoundCloud is a website designed to help musicians upload and share music.) As Radio.SC promises it on its website: "Every SoundCloud user is a radio station."

The streams are built using "the information that SoundCloud has about who follows whom and who favorites which tracks, to intelligently select the music it plays," Radio.SC developer Tom Price told Evolver.fm.

"This won’t become the only way you ever listen to music (what will, these days?)," writes Eliot Van Buskirk, "but if you’re a SoundCloud person or know lots of SoundCloud people, it’s a powerful way to flip a channel on in seconds and listen to someone’s taste."

You can find Evolver.fm's coverage here and try Radio.SC here.

Michael Schmitt
July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

Car stereo of todayNew cars have a myriad of ways to connect to your smartphone and play web radio, but if your vehicle is even just a few years old, you may not have all the bells and whistles needed. How to connect your smartphone to a "dumb" car stereo?

Lifehacker offers some tips, pointing out some cheap USB adapters, clever tricks and even handy office supplies that can help make your car smartphone-friendly. Or, if you're feeling crafty, you could always turn your ashtray into a makeshift smartphone dock (RAIN coverage here).

Here's a preview that may put a chill down some radio folks' spines: to get the best reception out of an FM transmitter connected to your smartphone, Lifehacker suggests removing your car antenna! Though with apps from TuneIn or iHeartRadio installed, maybe that's not such a big deal...

Find Lifehacker's tips here.