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Here are the details: The RAIN Summit West agenda

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:10am

RAIN Summit West 2012We've published the day's full agenda for this year's RAIN Summit West (April 15th in Las Vegas). You can see exactly how we've laid out the day here.

We'll get underway at 9:30 with a panel discussion called "How Many, How Much?," in with the IAB VP of member services Michael Theodore leads an exchange on one of the industry's hottest topics these days, the competing theories and plans for  online audience measurement. Theodore (who's one of the most dynamic and skilled panel moderators we've seen) returns to RAIN Summit to speak with Triton Digital's Rob Favre, Larry Rosin of Edison Research, Doug Sterne from Pandora, and Paul Karsiniski of Arbitron. (Please scroll down for a run-down of the day's other panels.)

David CarsonNext up will be a unique "legal issues" one-on-one, as radio legal expert David Oxenford interviews David Carson (pictured) who's General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office. Given the well-publicized music royalty hurdles facing webcasters (and pending CRB determinations for webcasters and satellite radio), plus SiriusXM's lawsuit against SoundExchange (see today's follow-up story), these gentlemen will have a lot of ground to cover.

The first of two research presentations is slated for 10:30. TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger will brief attendees on Internet radio listening trends. Later, Phillip Beswick of The Media Audit will present "Fast Facts on Internet Radio."

Yesterday (here) we introduced a new RAIN Summit feature, the POV. We'll have three POVs, brief presentations from digital media thought leaders on "Redefining Radio." First up will be Triton Media Group President/CEO Neal Schore at 11:20.

Three RAIN Summit sponsors will make "Pecha Kucha" presentations (if you're not familiar, learn about them here). We'll hear from Radioate Media GM Dave Van Dyke, BRSMedia founder/CEO George Bundy, with StreamOn! CTO Andrew Snook going first.

The centerpiece of the Summit, the keynote address, happens at 11:45. This year we're extremely pleased to welcome ESPN Senior Vice President of Production and Business Divisions Traug Keller (pictured right). Under Keller's leadership, has become the most listened to live stream in network broadcast, reaching more than 3 million listeners a month. Our second keynote takes place later: RAIN Publisher Kurt Hanson's annual "State of the Industry" address.

We'll wrap up by 5:45, and get straight to another of our annual highlights, the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The day's other panel discussions include:

  • 10:45 "Charting Digital Audio Ad Dollars": Strategies and trends for ad-supported Internet radio.
  • 1:00 "Innovating the News/Talk Format Online": A focus on "non-music programming" Internet radio.
  • 1:50 "The Connected Dashboard": A discussion of in-car Internet radio.
  • 2:35 "The Streaming Music Landscape": The various and creative ways music programming is presented online. 
  • 3:30 "It's Who You Know": Social media and marketing for Internet radio.
  • 5:10 "Personalizable Radio": Programming to listeners who have some control.

You can see the full agenda, a complete list of our speakers, moderators, and panelists, learn about those organizations that sponsor the Summit, and in-depth descriptions of each panel and presentation, on the RAIN Summit West page here.

We hope you're planning to join us for what's shaping up to be the finest RAIN Summit event yet.

Eleventh annual conference in Las Vegas to be keynoted by ESPN SVP Traug Keller

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:00am

RAIN Summit West 2012This year's RAIN Summit West -- Internet radio's premiere educational and networking event -- will feature ESPN Senior Vice President Traug Keller as keynote speaker.

The Summit will be Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas, immediately preceding this spring's NAB Show (please note that this is the first year the Summit will be held on a Sunday). RAIN Summit West, now in its 11th year, will take place at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

The Summit's keynote speaker, Traug Keller (pictured), oversees all aspects of ESPN Audio. Under Keller’s leadership, became the most listened to live stream ESPN SVP Traug Kellerof any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than three million unique users per month. In another highlight of the event, Kurt Hanson will present his “State of the Industry” address on the future of radio in this age of new media.

The Summit will feature a variety of other speakers and panelists, including Entercom VP of Digital Tim Murphy, Pandora SVP of Sales Steven Kritzman, and Slacker CEO Jim Cady. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West concludes with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

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