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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, ESPNRadio.com 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.

Percentage of smartphones among U.S. mobile devices crossing 50% mark

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 11:40am

Nielsen reports smartphone ownership is now more or less half of the mobile phone market in the U.S.  As of February, 49.7% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. own a smartphone; from just 36% 12 months prior. More than two-thirds of those who bought a new mobile device in the last three months got a smartphone. 

The obvious takeaway here: Half of those with mobile phones now also have a portable streaming radio device. Just about half (48%) of smartphone owners are on the Android platform, about a third (32.1%) have an iPhone, Nielsen reports.

In less than 2 weeks, we'll host our annual RAIN Summit West event in Las Vegas, leading off the NAB Show. It's hard to imagine that any panel, presentation, or speech won't at least touch on mobile. But we'll definitely hear more about mobile streaming during "The Connected Dashboard" talk on in-dash online radio solutions (with Robert Acker of Aha Radio, Sandhi Kozsuch of Cox, Carl Rohling of TuneIn, Jake Sigal of Livio Radio, Dan Steiny of Live365, moderated by Sam Milkman of knowDigital), and during Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry speech.

Get more details on RAIN Summit West (including the registration link) here. Read more from Nielsen here.

NPR management shift includes a promotion for Kinsey Wilson

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:00am

NPR's new executive structure, designed as "a unified and strategic approach... in radio and in digital and in the Web — and in all the mobile applications where NPR finds its content," includes naming Kinsey Wilson EVP/Chief Content Officer.

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell announced Kinsey's promotion today (those are his words quoted above), along with naming Margaret Low Smith SVP/News on a permanent basis. Wilson (pictured), as GM of NPR Digital Media, was the RAIN Summit West keynote speaker in 2010 (announced here).

"Radio is not going away, radio is going everywhere," said Knell, who replaced Vivian Schiller as NPR CEO in December, following her March 2011 departure.

Read more here.

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