RAIN Awards

And if you're not in Dallas, follow along on Twitter, and later we'll post audio from the Summit

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 11:15am

Today we're in Dallas for our annual fall RAIN Summit event in conjunction with the RAB NAB Radio Show (which kicks off here in Dallas tomorrow).

We hope to see you here today. But whether you've made it to Dallas or not, we invite you to follow along on Twitter (use the hashtag #RAINSummit, and you can follow us @RAINTwitter and @RAINSummits). We'll also soon post audio of the day's events, and as usual, look for follow-up coverage here in RAIN in the coming days. 

The speaker list and agenda are on our RAIN Summit Dallas page here. We're in the Wedgwood Room, which is in the tower section of the Hilton Anatole.

Some of today's scheduled highlights include:

  • 12:15pm Show opens
  • 2:20pm RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry" address
  • 4:30pm Tim Castelli's (Clear Channel President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships, pictured) keynote speech
  • 5:35pm The Triton RAINmaker and RAIN Internet Radio Awards
  • 5:50pm The annual RAIN Reader Cocktail Party (Verandah Shelbourne Room)

If you're able to make it to Dallas, we hope you enjoy your stay, and we're looking forward to seeing you.

Deadline for RAIN Awards entries is tomorrow!

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 12:55pm

If you haven't yet submitted your web radio service to the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, now is the time to do so. The deadline for entries is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 31 at 5pm Central. Enter your service for free here.

Please also consider encouraging your favorite web radio service to enter before tomorrow's deadline!

The awards are free to enter and 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 right here. 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!

Looking to steal some of WTOP's online "magic," CBS in D.C. hires away digital news director

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:00pm

CBS Radio this month brought on Mike Gartell to manage the web properties for its five Washington, D.C. stations, including the six-month old all-news WNEW-FM.

That's significant because Gartell was hired away from Hubbard's WTOP/Washington, D.C., known not only as the nation's top-billing station, but for its exemplary online presence (among other accolades, it garnered this publication's RAIN Award for the Best Overall Digital Strategy last fall).

While WNEW-FM's on-air ratings aren't competitive with WTOP's, Washington City Paper columnist Will Sommer suggests CBS may be attacking via a different route: online. "It looks like WNEW and CBS know that there are more than one way to skin the nation's top-billing cat," he wrote. "Is WNEW trying to snag some of that WTOP Web magic?"

He hopes Gartell spends some time in his new job on WNEW's website, and says, "With too many promotional links in the top and not enough actual news, (WNEW-FM's site) lacks the melange of wire-service copy and original reporting that powered his last site."

Read more here. Also, we're one week away from the entry deadline for this year's RAIN Internet Radio Awards. Register here.

Call for entries for the third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:05am

RAIN Internet Radio AwardsRAIN is accepting nominations now for our third-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

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 amazing growth in our industry by entering (or encouraging others to enter) right here. The deadline is Tuesday 7/31, at 5pm central time, so don't delay!

Pandora last year was recognized as the Best Overall Online Radio Service, while WTOP/Washington, D.C. won the Best Overall Digital Strategy award. Hot 107 CJNW/Edmonton was named Best Streaming Broadcast Station and HealthRadio.net was the Best Single-Stream Webcaster.

The 2012 Awards will be presented at RAIN Summit Dallas on September 18 (more info here). More information about the RAIN Internet Radio Awards can be found here. Best of luck to all nominees!

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