Kurt Hanson

Annual European radio conference will feature RAIN's Kurt Hanson

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

Radiodays Europe 2012Annual European radio conference Radiodays Europe this year boasts more than 50 announced speakers so far -- including RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson. The gathering will take place March 15-16, 2012 in Barcelona.

Hanson will speak on the topic of personalized radio and how it fits into radio's new Golden Age. Other speakers to appear at Radiodays Europe 2012 include:

  • Radio futurologist James Cridland
  • Radioplayer Founder/Managing Director Michael Hill
  • vTuner CEO John Ousby
  • Spotify Country Manager of Spain Lutz Emmerich
  • Prisa Radio Chief Digital Officer Javier Viroomal
  • Absolute Radio Co-Founder/COO Clive Dickens
  • Ira Glass, producer and presenter of "This American Life"

You can find Radiodays Europe's full speaker list here. The conference's agenda can be found here.

Radiodays Europe's gathering in 2011 had nearly 700 participants from 45 countries. The organizers behind the conference recommend registering for a ticket soon (here). "The interest in Radiodays Europe, now in its third year, is growing and many have already booked their tickets. The capacity of the venue is not unlimited."

Jennifer Lane, Kurt Hanson call "one-to-one vs. one-to-many" a meaningless distinction

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:00am

Just before the holidays, broadcasters' collective "foot came down" with Arbitron and Katz360 in regards to Pandora.

Traditional radio doesn't like Pandora. It's not "real radio," broadcasters say. They don't want Pandora listening measured using the same metrics as the broadcast world, because that might allow Pandora (and Internet radio as a whole) to "sipon off...ad dollars" to which broadcasters feel entitled. And broadcasters made it clear how they feel to Katz360 and Arbitron. So Katz360 dumped Pandora. And Arbitron issued a warning against putting any credence in listening reports from Pandora. You can review all of this in more detail with our coverage we link to here.

Yesterday in her Audio4Cast blog, Jennifer Lane took particular exception to one of arguments Arbitron made in its statement regarding Pandora. Arbitron wants the reader to believe it's not logical to compare audience estimates of broadcast listening (that is, many people listening to the same thing at the same time) to estimates of webcast listening, because in many cases (e.g. Pandora) each listener is listening to his or her own personal stream (no one else is hearing the same songs and ads at the same moment as anyone else).

"They’ve created an imaginary line to justify measuring the two categories separately and differently," Lane writes. "Supposedly, because 'one to many' audiences are all exposed to the message simultaneously while 'one to one' listeners are exposed to the message during their unique sessions, the data is different and cannot be assimilated."

RAIN senior editor and AccuRadio founder Kurt Hanson dismantles the argument by using an example of an ad campaign spread across various broadcast stations during a designated hour and day -- naturally, the ad won't play at the exact same moment on all stations. Lane herself uses the example of network radio programs, which can run on hundreds of stations at various times.

But it's really not about logic, it's about Arbitron bending to pressure from their broadcast clients. 

"As a research firm, (Arbitron is) obligated to create products that are fair and objective," she writes. "The listening landscape is rapidly evolving into a space that includes new audio platforms. Ultimately, advertisers and listeners will decide the landscape – listeners will listen to what they want to hear and advertisers will spend to reach them." By refusing to compare broadcast and webcast audiences based on meaningless distinctions like "one-to-many vs. one-to-one" messaging, these research firms do themselves, ad buyers, and ultimately radio a disservice by not providing the best and most accurate product they can.

Jennifer Lane's Audio4Cast blog on this topic is here.

RAIN's Kurt Hanson to moderate panel at Jacobs Media's Summit 16

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:00am

Kurt HansonRAIN editor and AccuRadio founder/CEO Kurt Hanson will moderate the Future of Radio panel at Jacobs Media's Summit 16. The panel will include WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley, radio futuroligist James Cridland and others.

Summit 16 -- "a 360° view of the challenges and opportunities facing the radio industry" -- takes place in Baltimore on December 7 (during the Arbitron Client Conference). You can find out more from Jacobs Media's blog here.

Hanson to join dozens of other experts at Radio 2.0 Paris conference

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:00am

Kurt HansonRAIN publisher and AccuRadio.com CEO/founder Kurt Hanson will keynote the Radio 2.0 Paris conference tomorrow, October 19.

Hanson will explain how radio's "Fourth Golden Age" is now underway, with music radio moving to the Internet and characterized by variety, ubiquity and -- most importantly -- personalization.

The Radio 2.0 Paris gathering will also feature Absolute Radio COO and RadioPlayer UK Non-Exec Director Clive Dickens and more than 25 other speakers.

You can find out more about Radio 2.0 Paris here and at their Facebook page here.

Hanson: "Things are moving faster than you think" in Internet radio, time to "pour it on"

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

Today RAIN is excited to bring you video coverage of Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry Address from RAIN Summit Chicago 2011.

In the video (embedded below), Hanson argues that we're not only entering a fourth golden age of radio, but that it's time to "pour it on." In ad revenue, audience size and more, Hanson shows how things are "moving faster than you think" when it comes to Internet radio.

You can also watch Pandora founder Tim Westergren's keynote from RAIN Summit Chicago 2011 right here and view photos from the event hereStay tuned for more videos in the coming days!


Monday, September 19, 2011 - 12:00pm

RAIN Summit Chicago photosWe've published hundreds of photos from last week's RAIN Summit Chicago gathering, taken by RTT News (which covered the event).

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