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Farber announces RAB initiative to examine radio streaming

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 9:10am

Radio Advertising Bureau CEO Erica Farber revealed in her address at The Radio Show yesterday her organization has created a "Streaming Initiative Committee" and is "taking a deep dive look into all aspects of streaming — definitions, delivery, metrics, etc." She promised more would be revealed in the coming weeks.

Farber assessed broadcast radio's new tech track record by saying "Unlike some other media, radio has taken an aggressive stand and taken advantage of technology to deliver content."

Of course, many industry observers would say exactly the opposite. Truly, how aggressive can the industry be if the RAB is announcing a fact-finding initiative on streaming technology in the year 2013?

Nonetheless, Farber suggested the ad community is on board, saying, "Advertisers recognize the importance of delivering their ad messages across all of radio’s platforms including radio’s fastest growing segment -— digital."

RadioWorld.com has the transcript of Farber's address here.

Farber at RAIN Summit: Set your sights on other media to grow radio's digital share

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 1:00pm

RAB CEO/president Erica Farber's message at RAIN Summit West on Sunday: "The only way we can increase radio's share is to not take from each other, but from our actual competitors."

Farber gave the first keynote of our Summit event yesterday in Las Vegas.

TV, cable, magazines and newspapers, and pure-play Internet content is radio's real competition, including for local digital ad dollars, she stressed.

The good news, according to Farber, is that radio is in an excellent position going forward to maintain dominance in an ever-more digital world. Broadcasters can look forward to 30 million mobile phones with an active FM chip over the next three years, through an agreement with Sprint, and on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8. This will be just part of the push from broadcasters to "grow the pie" and expand their digital footprint. Radio will continue to innovate ad opportunities and features, Farber explained, with new levels of interactivity for listeners and new ways to reach them for advertisers.

Look for more coverage from RAIN Summit West in the coming days in RAIN.

RAB: Radio's digital revenues grew last quarter, and in 2012 overall

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:20pm

Radio's digital revenue was part of the good news the Radio Advertising Bureau had for broadcasters on Friday.

The RAB's earnings report shows radio's Q4 2012 was up 4% (highest over the past eight quarters), and full-year spending rose for the third consecutive year. Digital revenue for radio was up 11% ($206 million) in the fourth quarter, and 8% in 2012 overall ($767 million). According to the RAB figures, digital now accounts for about 4.7% of radio's revenue.

RAB president & CEO Erica Farber will keynote RAIN Summit West April 7 in Las Vegas.

The RAB earnings press release is here.

RAIN Summit West will take place April 7th in Las Vegas

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:35pm

RAIN Summits has confirmed Rhapsody International president Jon Irwin as the second keynote speaker for RAIN Summit West, April 7th in Las Vegas.

Rhapsody is the U.S.-based online music subscription service with more than a million subscribers. It offers access to over 16 million tracks on more than 70 consumer electronics devices. Just this month Rhapsody announced a partnership with wireless phone provider MetroPCS allowing customers to add Rhapsody for $5 to its newly simplified select monthly smartphone plans. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Rhapsody announced its availability in Ford and Lincoln vehicles with SYNC AppLink.

Irwin, Rhapsody International's top executive, joined Rhapsody America in 2009 as COO and chief of staff. He planned and oversaw Rhapsody's 2010 spinoff from parent RealNetworks into a standalone company. In late 2011 Rhapsody acquired competing service Napster. His specialty has been in building strong subscription businesses, with prior senior positions with Boingo Wireless, Earthlink, InfoNet Services Corporation, and WorldCom. He recently told Inc. magazine he doesn't believe in the "freemium" approach embraced by some of Rhapsody's competitors (RAIN coverage here).

Earlier this month RAIN Summits also announced (here) Radio Advertising Bureau's Erica Farber as a RAIN Summit West keynote speaker.

RAIN Summit West, Internet radio's premiere industry gathering, is held annually in Las Vegas during the week of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, the Summit focuses on the intersection of radio and the Internet, and is geared to both broadcasters on the Web (like Clear Channel Radio and CBS Radio), and Internet-only webcasters (Pandora and AccuRadio).

Previous keynote speakers at RAIN Summits include ESPN senior vice president Traug Keller, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Hubbard Broadcasting (at the time Bonneville International) president and CEO Bruce Reese, NPR SVP/Digital Media Kinsey Wilson, and Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy.

RAIN Summits will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks. Other RAIN Summits are set for later this year, including Europe in late spring, and Orlando (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 17th. For information on the event or for sponsorship information contact RAIN Summits president Jennifer LaneRAIN Summit West is a co-located education program of the NAB Show.

RAIN's annual Las Vegas conference slated for April 7th

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:25pm

Radio Advertising Bureau's Erica Farber will be the keynote speaker at this year’s RAIN Summit West, Sunday, April 7th in Las Vegas, during the week of the NAB Show.

RAIN's annual full-day Internet radio conference is a co-located education program of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, the Summit focuses on the intersection of radio and the Internet, and is geared to both broadcasters on the Web (like Clear Channel Radio and CBS Radio), and Internet-only webcasters (Pandora and AccuRadio).

As president and CEO of the RAB, Farber leads Radio’s advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising revenue, and communicate Radio’s digital transition. In her keynote address at RAIN Summit West, Farber will offer her perspectives on radio's digital initiatives and prospects for the future.

Previous keynote speakers at RAIN Summits include ESPN senior vice president Traug Keller, Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Hubbard Broadcasting (at the time Bonneville International) president and CEO Bruce Reese, NPR SVP/Digital Media Kinsey Wilson, and Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy.

The former publisher of Radio & Records, Ms. Farber received an American Broadcast Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters' Foundation and has consistently been voted one of "The Most Influential Women in Radio."

RAIN Summits will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks. Other RAIN Summits are set for later this year, including Europe in late spring, and Orlando (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 17th.

For information on the event or for sponsorship information contact RAIN Summits president Jennifer Lane.

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