Liquid Compass

Net radio leaders from Europe, U.S. will share strategies for generating revenue in online radio

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 1:15pm

France-based Radionomy provides users a platform to create their own online radio stations (and listen to others' stations) using its 80,000 song library (or their own songs), along with social networking functions and tools to promote and monetize their programming (those in the U.S. are probably familiar with the concept from companies like Live365 and Loudcaster).

Founded in 2008 in Belgium, Radionomy (prior coverage here) attracts 13 million monthly unique users streaming 40 million aggregate listening hours per month to their more than 6,000 user-created radio stations. Last week at our RAIN Summit Dallas conference Radionomy announced its entrance into the U.S. market.

Next week Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian (left) will join us for at RAIN Summit Europe, October 5th in Berlin. Saboundjian will speak on the panel "Monetizing Digital Audio" alongside RMS Head of Sales & Digital Media Frank Nolte. RMS is a leading audio marketing company in the German (online and terrestrial) radio ad market. Together with RMS Austria, which serves 42 Austrian outlets, RMS is the largest audio marketing company in Europe.

The panel also features and Liquid Compass CEO Zach Lewis, whose company offers stream-hosting services for desktop and mobile webcasting, and develops customizable media players and radio streaming applications.

Representatives of companies like Deezer and NRJ International will also take part in the "Monetizing Digital Audio" discussion (more here). Christian Jonas Lea, who is a media and marketing pro in Germany, having launched the new Dig This Media, and blogs at, will moderate.

RAIN Summit Europe will be our very first RAIN Summit event outside North America, and will offer a learning and networking opportunity unlike any of our previous gatherings.

Our keynote speaker represents perhaps the most significant online music concern to come out of Europe, Spotify. Spotify's European GM and VP of Ad Sales Jonathan Forster's (left) company now boasts 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay for the service every month. Besides its on-demand streaming product, Spotify Radio is a personalized radio stream listeners create based on artists, songs, or genres, which can be further influenced through "thumbs up/thumbs down" song ratings.

Please take a look at our full roster of industry experts and agenda of panels, all of the most up-to-date information, and registration links on the RAIN Summit Europe page. And please check out where we'll hold the Summit: the very stylish nhow "Berlin" - The Music & Lifestyle Hotel Berlin.

New developments for Internet radio announced in lead-up to NAB Show

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

As you know, RAIN Summit West is this Sunday, once again a "co-located event" of what looks to be an eventful NAB Show. And as always, there are lots of big announcements made in the days before and at the convention. Here are a few RAIN readers should find interesting:

  • BRS Media Inc., which administers the ".fm" and ".am" top-level domains (TLDs), has submitted "an extensive, comprehensive and detailed" application to administer a new ".radio" TLD (in other words, web addresses like ""). Read more here.

    BRS Media Chairman & CEO George Bundy will make a Pecha Kucha presentation about existing "industry specific" domains and ".radio" at RAIN Summit West (see today's lead story).

  • Triton Digital has updated its Advertising Platform, featuring the ability to target for pre-roll and instream ads by listeners' specific mobile device or country (or many other pre-specified custom criteria). Clients can also more easily forecast delivery to mobile-only listeners and see real-time campaign results. Read more here.

    Triton Media Group President/CEO Neal Schore will make a POV presentation at RAIN Summit West, and Triton's Robert Favre and Michael Becker will be panelists.

  • Liquid Compass and AdsWizz will unveil new features for Liquid Compass' LC Pro 2.0 streaming player (here), designed to increase both ad opportunities and interactivity. The new features include a "portable" "Now Playing" widget, custom couponing ("daily deals"), custom polls (surveys), on-the-fly advertiser "takeovers" of the player, and client controls to more quickly customize the look of the player. Read more here.

    Liquid Compass CEO and founder Zackary Lewis will make a POV presentation at RAIN Summit West.

  • Abacast has announced its "Personalized Live Radio" service, combining broadcast radio's "live and local" content with music-personalization features found on Net-only radio services (e.g. Pandora). The new PLR integrates Abacast's "Cloud-Based Insertion" to insert custom content and ads; ad campaign management; and a "song personalization engine." Abacast plans to make PLR in Q3 of this year. Read more here.

Liquid Compass develops dedicated player for long-running Focus on the Family radio show

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:00am

Streaming platform provider Liquid Compass has developed a custom player for Focus on the Family's evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series "Adventure in Odyssey."

Liquid Compass' press release explains, "the new player includes unique features such as full visual customization and flash animation. It also delivers third-party storefront integration to allow listeners to buy broadcasts or full albums quickly and securely directly through the player. Furthermore, the player has custom content integration that includes episode and album information, album artwork and other relevant information."

The "Adventure in Odyssey" series was created by Focus on the Family in 1987. The show attracts a daily average audience of about 1.2 million within North America.

The player launch coincides with the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. Liquid Compass also works with other religious broadcasters, including Salem Communications, WDAC-The Voice, and Crawford Broadcasting.

Read the entire Liquid Compass press release here.

Industry announcements: Liquid Compass adds to exec team; Triton Digital strikes streaming deal with Hubbard

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 9:00am

Streaming delivery network Liquid Compass has named Stephen Guillot Chief Operating Officer. The company also announced today the hiring of Thomas Callahan as Senior Vice President of Sales, and Jaxon Repp as Director of Development.

Guillot is former president of consulting firm Rubicon Solutions. His experience also includes service at NxTV (a provider of digital entertainment services), SuiteLinq (an integrated content provider for the hospitality industry), and On Command Corp. Callahan has experience at CBS Radio, Metro Networks, Standard News Radio Networks, the Associated Press Radio Division, and several radio stations. Repp was most recently at SpireMedia, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest and most successful interactive web development firm. He has founded several digital marketing firms as well.

Also announced today, Triton Digital will provide its end-to-end streaming services for broadcast group Hubbard Radio. Triton will provide streaming, ad injection, and listening measurement for Hubbard’s 17 stations in five major markets. Hubbard recently acquired 13 former Bonneville stations and digital assets in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and St. Louis.

Beglium-based AdsWizz launches in U.S. with more than 60 new clients

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:00am

AdsWizzDigital audio advertising solutions company AdsWizz has signed more than 60 new U.S. clients -- ranging from Merlin Media to Digitally Imported. The company -- founded in Brussels, Belgium in 2008 -- has also partnered with Liquid Compass, an audio streaming delivery network that includes more than 1,000 radio stations. 

You can find out more about AdsWizz here.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:00pm

A new national survey from Arbitron, Edison Research, and Scarborough Research examined both consumer usage of sixteen different in-car media and entertainment choices.

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