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Six panels, more than 30 expert speakers, and RAIN Internet Radio Awards to highlight our Dallas event

Tuesday, 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!

Yahoo!, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio form circle of partnerships with radio this week

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:45am

Several new arrangements between the various players were announced in the last seven days, and many of those involved are dancing with multiple partners... so here's our stab at a "clear as mud" review:

TuneIn is a web and mobile "tuning service" which provides users (and device makers) a "one-stop" destination to find thousands of terrestrial and online streams and on-demand audio content. Last week, TuneIn announced (RAIN's coverage here) partnerships with 20 major broadcasting companies, including Fox News Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Public Radio Exchange and Monocle 24. These new partnerships alone added 600 new streams to the TuneIn directory. But they weren't finished. This week the company not only announced a new partnership (in RAIN here) to make available content from Carolla Digital (home to "The Adam Carolla Show," "This Week with Larry Miller," "Penn's Sunday School with Penn Jillette," and more) -- but also revealed (here) the addition of the local station streams from major U.S. radio groups Entercom, Cox, and Emmis (the three groups combined own more than 200 stations).

Interestingly, two of those groups -- Cox and Emmis -- had themselves just announced a similar deal with Clear Channel to make their streams available on CC's iHeartRadio platform as well (coverage here).

Clear Channel also announced a major partnership this week with Yahoo!, making them the "preferred radio" partner of the web giant. In our coverage, here, we had suggested that this new arrangement would elbow out CBS Radio, which had been Yahoo!'s radio partner... but coverage in the L.A. Times (here) and Taylor on Radio-Info (here) reports CBS isn't yet out of the picture. In other words, Yahoo! users who want local radio streams will be directed to Clear Channel (or other iHeartRadio partner) streams... unless they're shown CBS streams. Hmmm.

At least the personalized-radio situation is clearer. Now that Yahoo! and iHeart Radio are BFFs, Yahoo! users who want customized Internet radio will now be steered towards the iHeartRadio's "Custom Stations" feature. That is, unless they end up listening to personalized radio from Yahoo!'s other new partner, Spotify (which recently made free personalizable net radio the "central feature" of its mobile apps (here) -- and with whom Yahoo! also announced a partnership, here), for whom Yahoo! dumped Spotify-competitor Rhapsody

Enough? Or would you like to know that Slacker and ABC Radio are partnering to produce two gender-aimed lifestyle Internet radio talk stations; and that SiriusXM has announced a deal to make its content available via Google TV (coverage for both stories here)?

EMarketer analyst says "more media content is making its way across the social web"

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:50am

Paul Verna's analysis shows content publishers (e.g. news sources, video services, and even Internet radio) are making significant inroads with effectively using Facebook and Twitter to increase audience.

As of February, "content engagement" by Facebook users is up 46% compared to before Facebook introduced its "Timeline" interface.

Meanwhile, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says 39% of Twitter users say "most of the news they got on Twitter in January 2012 was not material they would have read elsewhere." Facebook's percentage 34%. Doing the math with user estimates for the two services, eMarketer figures "more than 11 million Twitter users and more than 48 million Facebook users" use the services to discover news and content.

"Marketers who are savvy about how to use Facebook are focusing... on the site’s strength as a content portal, its viral power and its ability to deliver qualitative and quantitative feedback on brand campaigns," Verna writes in his report, called "Facebook and Twitter as Media Platforms: News, Video, Music and Games."

The report is availble here. Read eMarketer's summary here.

NPR management shift includes a promotion for Kinsey Wilson

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:00am

NPR's new executive structure, designed as "a unified and strategic approach... in radio and in digital and in the Web — and in all the mobile applications where NPR finds its content," includes naming Kinsey Wilson EVP/Chief Content Officer.

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell announced Kinsey's promotion today (those are his words quoted above), along with naming Margaret Low Smith SVP/News on a permanent basis. Wilson (pictured), as GM of NPR Digital Media, was the RAIN Summit West keynote speaker in 2010 (announced here).

"Radio is not going away, radio is going everywhere," said Knell, who replaced Vivian Schiller as NPR CEO in December, following her March 2011 departure.

Read more here.

Constantly-updated fresh content is gold for delivering online audience growth, says STL public radio

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 1:00pm

St. Louis Public Radio's digital media manager credits the station's significant audience growth to -- what else?? -- frequently-updated fresh and unique online content.

The station's digital platforms enjoyed a 90% increase in unique visitors in January over last year, and the streaming audience has more than doubled, with a 152% increase in unique listeners.

Digital media manager Madalyn Painter wrote, "We have to attribute much of our success to our increased focus on frequent online news updates... (the site's) main function is to deliver content — not content promoting the station, but our award-winning regional news coverage and programming."

The site was deisgned using NPR Digital Services Core Publisher tool. Digital Services' Keith Hopper stresses that stations that don't showcase new and changing news content "will struggle to grow online audience and won’t capture the kind of larger market share that other online news providers command."

St. Louis Public Radio is part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and operates KWMU, KWMU.org, and HD stations KWMU-2 and KWMU-3. Read the InsideSTLPublicRadio blog here. Read NPR's Digital Services blog here.

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