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Listener Driven Radio buys out cofounder McVay

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 12:05pm

LDRCrowdsourcing radio service Listener Driven Radio (LDR) has repurchased shares owned by Mike McVay, "resulting in McVay relinquishing his position as a shareholder in the company."

McVay helped with the founding of LDR in 2009, but stepped away from his position as a member of the company's Board of Directors aftering joining Cumulus as an SVP in 2011. "Our move to buy out Mike McVay eliminates potential conflicts for McVay in his role as senior manage for Cumulus," explained LDR president/CEO Daniel Anstandig.

"My departure makes perfect sense as it will enable Listener Driven Radio to grow without compromise. I remain a huge fan of LDR," said McVay.

Anstandig: Social an asset for growing streaming music audiences

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:00am

Daniel AnstandigListener Driven Radio CEO Daniel Anstandig writes in Radio-Info today about how social media connectivity is helping grow audiences for streaming music services.

"Since launching in the U.S., integration with Facebook has been a key part of Spotify’s strategy to expand the reach of its appeal to potential premium users." Spotify was one of the first music services to more deeply integrate with Facebook in September 2011 (RAIN coverage here).

Anstandig writes that during May 2012 so far, Spotify has gained 1.5 million users (a growth rate of 8%), which doubles last year's growth at this time. During just a two-week period in May, "Spotify reported adding 500,000 new users, leaving the music company with 20 million global monthly users utilizing its Facebook app."

Anstandig says he's seen the same social media benefit at Listener Driven Radio."For every LDR user who shares a vote from their favorite radio station, we have seen an average of four or more people come back to a station website."

It's not difficult to find other examples of social media helping music services growth. iHeartRadio -- which initially required a Facebook login for its Custom Radio service (RAIN coverage here) -- recently announced reaching a milestone of 10 million registered users (more here).

And Facebook claimed in November 2011 that Slacker, MOG and Rdio were also experiencing tremendous growth since integrating with the social networking service (RAIN coverage here).

You can find Anstandig's Radio-Info column here.

Krasiniski leaves Arbitron; LDR adds N/T vet Hobbs; Pandora names Shapiro for political ads

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:00am

Arbitron SVP/Digital Media & Analytics Paul Krasinski has announced his exit from the company, and he's reportedly "headed for a social media company." In January 2011, Krasinski (right), then COO at Ando Media, joined Arbitron to lead the company's digital development. Arbitron is planning a return to online radio metrics with the launch of its "Total Audience Measurement" system.

Meanwhile, Listener Driven Radio has named Gabe Hobbs Strategic Advisor. Hobbs has more than 20 years experience in news, talk, and sports programming (1998-2008 he ran Clear Channel’s 275 news, talk, and sports stations). Listener Driven Radio recently launched its "Topic Pulse" service, which scans all available news sources, local blogs, Facebook posts, Tweets, and other social media so producers and talent can monitor topics and stories "getting buzz" in a market.

Finally, Pandora has named Rena Shapiro as Director of Political Advertising Sales. Shapiro (left), who was director/political and issue advocacy accounts at AOL, also helped create Google's political ad business. Last fall Pandora unveiled a new targeted ad product for political candidates and special interest groups, which targets listeners based on ZIP Code.

Listener Driven Radio announces 125th affiliate

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:25pm

Listener Driven RadioCrowdsourced radio service Listener Driven Radio has announced it's topped the 125-affiliate mark, highlighting what the company calls "extraordinary growth in 2011."

Listener Driven Radio says it has added 20 major market affiliates in the past month, including: KYSR/Los Angeles, KEGL/Dallas, WMIA/Miami, KPKX/Phoenix, CFJB/Ontario, XPRS/San Diego, WRVW/Nashville, WKGR and WLDI/West Palm Beach, and WRFX and WHQC/Charlotte.

You can find the company's press release here.

Listener Driven Radio names Victor Caballero as VP/Programming

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:50am

Victor CaballeroCrowdsourced radio service Listener Driven Radio has named Victor Caballero as Vice President of Programming. Caballero has served at KXTN in San Antonio, KRBV in Dallas and KXOL in Los Angeles. He's been developing music programming since 1995.

All Access has more coverage here.

Oasis Radio Group launches as user-controlled Internet and FM station

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:00am powered by Listener Driven RadioOasis Radio Group has launched an FM station in Ft. Wayne completely controlled by online users. Dubbed, the hip-hop station is powered by Listener Driven Radio and lets web users vote for what music should be played on-air at 106.3 FM.

"With one click, our users decide what song plays next, what stories and videos matter the most, and what contest is going to be held on-air and online," said Oasis Radio Group GM/Director of Programming Phil Becker. Find online here.

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