RAIN 8/14: Limited space won't last for RAIN Summit Dallas Sept. 18th

Paul Maloney
August 14, 2012 - 2:15pm

As we approach the sell-out point for our September 18th RAIN Summit Dallas, the time to secure your space is now.

If our past few September events (Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.) are any indication, space will be at a premium, and we can't even guarantee that there'll be standing-room-only admissions still available on September 18th. So, if you haven't yet, we'd like to invite you to visit the RAIN Summit Dallas page and register now (and make sure you secure your hotel and flight, too!).

(We'd also like to remind you about our inaugural RAIN Summit Europe, coming up October 5th in Berlin. You can find more details on that, and links to register, here.)

Each September we hold a half-day educational and networking event in conjunction with the RAB NAB Radio Show. This year, we'll be at Dallas' Hilton Anatole. We'll begin at noon, and our first panel, "Innovating Online Content," will show how much more you can do with your stream beyond simulcasting. Our expert speakers include Slacker's SVP/Strategic Devlopment Jack Isquith (left) and Edison Research Exec VP/Music & Prog. Sean Ross (who'll moderate). Joining them on the panel is Michael Hill (Radioplayer), Bob Kempf (NPR), and Cory Smith (ESPNRadio).

We'll immediately follow with another panel, this one "Identifying Opportunities for Advertisers in Internet Radio." If you want to learn about advertisers and ad agencies using Net radio effectively, we've assembled an all-star cast of experts (with the help of Triton Digital Pandora, Katz360 and Targetspot): TBS Promotions VP Karen Cuskey (right), Group Media Director at The Richards Group Shannon Haydel, Snr. AE at JWT Lee Triggs, and Group M National Radio Supervisor Taylor Wood. And a superb panel like this truly deserves a moderator like the IAB's Michael Theodore.

These are just two of the panels which will lead up to our keynote address (more here) from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships Tim Castelli (left), RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry" address, and the presentation of the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

We've recently published full RAIN Summit Dallas agenda, with a complete rundown of panel topics and speakers,  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. Just register for the Radio Show (here), and make sure you select the "Radio Show/RAIN Summit Two-for-One Discount" option. See you in Dallas!

Michael Schmitt
August 14, 2012 - 2:15pm

SmartphonesA new report based on data from U.S. mobile carriers shows that more mobile subscribers in the U.S. own a smartphone than regular non-smart "feature" mobile phones. The new study, from Chetan Sharma Consulting, found that smartphone penetration surpassed 50% in Q2.

Earlier this year a Nielsen study came to this conclusion (RAIN coverage here), but as GigaOM explains, "while Nielsen’s number are based on polling data, Sharma’s come from the operators’ quarterly reports."

GigaOM has more coverage here.

Paul Maloney
August 14, 2012 - 2:15pm

If you're lucky enough to get musical artists to visit your studio, this looks like a really cool (and now improved!) way to give your fans a "window in" to what's happening.

Google made its Google+ "Hangouts On Air" available to all Google+ users recently, which allows anyone to host a "Hangout" and stream audio and video on both Google+ and YouTube. Apparently, musical artists are already using it to webcast performances as live "virtual concerts."

One shortcoming when it came to musical performances had been the low sound quality, but now Google has announced audio enhancements it calls "studio mode." The Verge reports "Google automatically optimizes your audio output for music rather than conversation, and the results are quite impressive... Instruments are much clearer, the mix is better balanced, and there are less audio artifacts in sounds like cymbals — it's just a much higher quality presentation."

Seems like a pretty cool way to add (and archive) great station content on your site!

Read more from The Verge (including a "before" & "after" video to show the effect of "studio mode") here.