RAIN 9/20: Randy Michaels breaks into Internet radio with IO World Media deal

Michael Schmitt
September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

Randy Michaels and Marc Chase have broken into the Randy Michaelsworld of Internet radio after selling their company, "Up Your Ratings" (UYR) to IO World Media -- the parent company of RadioIO, which features Bubba the Love Sponge and dozens of genre-based Internet radio streams.

The acquisition was a stock-for-stock transaction. Michaels (pictured) and Chase will serve as Strategic Advisors to IO World Media.

RadioIOMichaels said he and Chase are looking to "implement a plan for Internet radio that combines the best practices of traditional media with the most successful interactive characteristics of leading Internet businesses."

IO World Media gains UYR's pureplay recommendation system, dubbed ScenarIO. It reportedly is designed to create a customizable audio product "specific to the user's tastes, locations, moods or activities." Also included in the deal is UYR's plans "for a proprietary state of the art audio storage, retrieval, and distribution system that eliminates the need for a Content Distribution Network." 

IO World Media's press release can be found here.

Michael Schmitt
September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

Slacker

The L.A. Times today published a feature on Slacker, particularly highlighting the 70 DJs that program the company's 150 stations. Slacker's director of music programming Scott Riggs tells the Times that the DJs use data like how many times a song was skipped or "loved" by users to curate the radio stations.

The article (here) also reveals that Slacker now has 30 million registered users, 6 million of whom tune in monthly. In May Slacker said they had 25 million users, 5 million of whom were active (more here).

Michael Schmitt
September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

Audio4Cast's Jennifer LaneIAB  reports that the Interactive Advertising Bureau's recent Streaming Audio for Agencies Day was "an outstanding, highly cooperative day with lots of great information, discussion and feedback."

With "many agencies in attendence," Lane writes that "it was more than a successful agency day. It was a sign of a thriving industry." She has much more information and coverage at Audio4Cast here.

Michael Schmitt
September 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

A new post from BBC's new Radio1 websitethe BBC's Internet Blog details how they "re-invented" the Radio 1 and 1Xtra homepages following three principles: "They need to be as live as radio, content should be immediately and easily accessible and they should cater to your personal tastes."

As a result, the new websites have a "live feed that let's us visualize what's happening on-air, as it happens" and recommend new content to users based on their preferences.

"The site is built with the next generation of web-browsers in mind...and it feels much more like an app than a website." You can read more from the BBC's blog here.