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Maloney named AccuRadio EVP/Programming

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:55am

Long-time AccuRadio program director Paul Maloney has been promoted to the full-time position of Executive Vice President/Programming, AccuRadio CEO Kurt Hanson and COO John Gehron announced today.

"For the past 13 years, Paul has skillfully managed one of the toughest dual positions in our industry — serving as both Executive Editor of 'RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter' and VP/Programming for AccuRadio," Gehron said, "and we believe that permitting Paul to focus full-time on AccuRadio will allow us to take that service to a new level of growth.

Maloney began his radio programming career at one of the nation's best-known student-operated commercial radio stations, WPGU/Champaign-Urbana. He eventually went on to program KFMZ/Columbia, MO, flipping the heritage AOR station to Alternative, and bringing its 12+ ratings above a 10 share before joining RAIN in the summer of 2000 as a journalist.

As for AccuRadio, it evolved out of a series of RAIN articles in 2000 through 2002 intended to show broadcasters how they could build a multichannel, personalizable Internet radio service. Beginning with three channels of music -- "Swingin' Pop Standards," "Modern Rock Classics," and "Piano Jazz" -- AccuRadio now offers over 975 personalizable channels of rock, pop, classical, jazz, country, R&B, Broadway, and more, targeting P35-64 listeners. Maloney is responsible for supervising the programming of all 975 channels, working with a team of in-house music programmers and outside programming consultants.

"We've just launched a state-of-the-art sixth generation of our technology platform that is bringing some amazing new features to AccuRadio," Maloney noted, "and I look forward to expanding our team of music programmers to take advantage of those features."

Hanson added, "It's been one of my great pleasures over the last 13 years to work with Paul on a day-to-day basis, and I'm thrilled we're now in a position to be able to let him devote his full-time attention to programming the AccuRadio product."

AccuRadio has outlived all of the other personalizable brands of the era in which is was founded, including NetRadio.com, AOL-owned Spinner, Yahoo! LAUNCHcast, WWW.com, MediAmazing, DiscJockey.com, and Viacom-owned Sonicnet. Maloney's promotion is effective immediately. His transition to his new full-time AccuRadio responsibilities will occur over the next month, as veteran journalist Brad Hill takes over RAIN editorial duties (see today's top story here).

Summits' Lane to lead new RAIN group; vet tech journo Brad Hill new RAIN VP/Managing editor

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:55am

RAIN Publications and RAIN Summits are merging to create a new company which will offer news, conference events, and more to the dynamic and rapidly-growing Internet radio and online audio industries.

The new venture, RAIN Enterprises, will include a revamped RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter website (to go live soon). RAIN Enterprises will be led by CEO Jennifer Lane (right), the longtime President of RAIN Summits.

Over the past several years, the RAIN Summits brand has expanded in scope and authority. The Summits are recognized as the premier educational and networking conferences for the Internet radio and online audio space. Together RAIN Summits and RAIN Publications create a combined entity greater than its parts.

Joining RAIN Enterprises is Vice President and Managing Editor Brad Hill (left), who brings an extensive background in digital publishing. The former GM of Weblogs, Inc., Hill was subsequently head of traffic at AOL, where he oversaw audience development across a large portfolio of media brands including Huffington Post, Mapquest, and Engadget. As a pianist and and ex-radio DJ, Hill has a passion for news about how technology is changing music and radio.

"This is an exciting time for RAIN," said RAIN founder Kurt Hanson. "The team of Jennifer Lane and Brad Hill working together will enable us to build the RAIN brand into a world class leader in news and information related to the rapidly expanding online audio industry."

RAIN Summit Orlando takes place on Tuesday, September 17, in affiliation with the Radio Show, which runs from September 18-20 in Orlando. The Radio Show is produced by the NAB and RAB. More on the RAIN Summit (including a link for registration) is here.

Scheduled maintenance for RAIN website Monday afternoon (no April Fools!)

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:05pm

The RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter website will be temporarily offline on Monday afternoon for a scheduled (and overdue) service upgrade (perhaps the joke will be on us for scheduling this on April 1).

The maintenance should not take long, and will hopefully result in a speedier and more robust site.

Our RAIN Summits pages (and links to register for our events) will not be affected by this maintenance.

Subscribe to RAIN daily e-mail reminders, save 20% on RAIN Summit West registration!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:35pm

If you subscribe to our daily RAIN e-mail reminders, we want to give you a special discount code to save 20% when you register for RAIN Summit West.

To subscribe, just click the maroon "Subscribe to the RAIN newsletter!" button you see in the right-hand margin at KurtHanson.com (or just click here). Each day, we'll drop you a short note to let you know we've published a new issue, and preview the day's coverage.

[Note: we've recently begun experimenting with MailChimp to deliver our daily e-mail, and it seems to be working well. If, in the past, you've tried to subscribe to our daily e-mails but weren't receiving them, please try to subscribe again.]

If you're already a subscriber, no worries, you can get the discount too. Either way, look for the code in the "P.S." of the RAIN daily e-mail, beginning today. And please feel free to forward the e-mail to colleagues, so they can take advantage of the discount (and we wouldn't mind if you recommended they subscribe as well!).

RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas is the original and the biggest of our annual Summit events. This year we return to the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, April 7 for a full day of great panel discussions, research presentations, and more. We're pleased to have two keynotes this year: RAB CEO/president Erica Farber and Rhapsody president Jon Irwin. And we'll cap the day with Internet radio's top social/networking event, the RAIN Reader Cocktail Party by the pool. You can see the day's agenda of speakers and panels on the RAIN Summit West page here.

We think you'll find spending the day with us in Vegas valuable, and we'd like to make it even more valuable by knocking 20% off your registration. Just subscribe to the RAIN daily e-mail, and look for that code in the P.S. Then, head over to the RAIN Summit West 2013 Eventbrite registration page to sign up. Make sure you find the "Enter promotional code" link in the registration form to get your discount!

Nominate your service, or encourage your favorite webcaster to do so, before July 31

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:05pm

RAIN Internet Radio AwardsThe third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards are now free to enter!

The awards celebrate the best of the Internet radio industry in four categories: Best Overall Online Radio Service, Best Streaming Broadcast Station, Best Overall Digital Strategy and Best Single-Stream Webcaster. Help us make these awards a reflection of the truly impressive growth in our industry by entering (or encouraing others to enter) right here.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 7/31, at 5pm Central. Last year's winners include Pandora, WTOP/Washington, D.C., Hot 107 CJNW/Edmonton and HealthRadio.net.

This year's awards will be presented at RAIN Summit Dallas on September 18, another gathering in our growing series of world-class Internet radio conferences. The Summit will include a keynote presentation from Clear Channel President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships Tim Castelli.

You can find out more about RAIN Summit Dallas here. And click here to enter your service for free in the RAIN Internet Radio Awards!

Your invitation to RAIN Summit West

Dear RAIN reader,

I'm writing you while on my way home from three great conferences -- Radiodays Europe in Barcelona, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and IAB Audio Day in Los Angeles -- and I have to tell you, I am seeing a level of enthusiasm and excitement about the radio industry that I have not seen in years! If you define "radio," as consumers do, broadly enough to include AM, FM, HD, DAB, satellite, and Internet delivery, then more people are listening to more radio in more places than ever before. Exciting new products, services, brands, and line extensions are being created around the world. Billions of dollars of new value are being created. And both advertising and subscription revenues are on the rise.

This is what I've been calling the "Fourth Golden Age of Radio" when I speak at events.

LVH in Las VegasAnd if you're part of it -- or would like to become part of it -- let me encourage you to come to the event that's bringing all of these players together: RAIN Summit West, on Sunday, April 15th, at the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), just preceding the upcoming NAB Show.

It'll be a day full of great speakers, panels, and networking opportunities with people from all sides of the business. You'll learn what's working, and what isn't, and where untapped opportunities lie.

Speakers include ESPN's Traug Keller, the U.S. Copyright Office's David Carson, Pandora's Doug Sterne, Owen Grover of Clear Channel/iHeartRadio, Jim Cady of Slacker, and many, many others. Details here.

Flights and hotels are still generally available and affordable. At $149 (including a nice lunch and a great cocktail party), RAIN Summit West is one of the best conference values in radio -- and Wedensday and Thursday (3/28-29) you can take off an extra $50 by using the discount code "JOINUS" when you register. Several past RAIN Summits have been totally sold out -- don't hesitate. Please join us!

If you love radio, I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

Yours,

Kurt

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