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Vegas conference to feature TuneIn, Triton Digital, SNL Kagan and Fox News Radio execs

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

Today we're announcing four additions to the growing list of speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012: TuneIn's Carl Rohling, Triton Digital's Rob Favre, SNL Kagan's Robin Flynn and Fox News Radio's William Sanchez.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Robert FavreRobert Favre (pictured right) serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and General Manager of Triton Digital Data and Analytics. In 2009 as SVP of Technology at Ando Media, Favre led the efforts to introduce new streaming measurements -- Average Active Sessions (AAS), Active Sessions (AS) and Session Starts (SS) -- within the context of the "one minute rule", moving away from the old five minute and quarter hour based measurements of traditional broadcast radio.

Robin FlynnSNL Kagan Senior Analyst Robin Flynn (pictured left) has been analyzing and valuing companies and assets in the multichannel and radio/TV station fields for 20 years, since joining SNL Kagan in 1988. She also hosts several SNL Kagan events, such as the SNL Kagan Radio/TV Values & Finance Summit.

Carl RohlingCarl Rohling, TuneIn Vice President of Sales (pictured right), has served with the company for six years increasing distribution to over 186 products worldwide covering mobile, connected home and automotive categories. Managing TuneIn’s growth from one million users in 2009 to a profitable 35 million today, Rohling has teams based in Detroit, UK, Tokyo, Palo Alto and New York.

William SanchezWilliam Sanchez (pictured left) serves as Director/Executive Producer Web Operations for Fox News Radio. He's been with Fox News Radio for more than six years and has also held positions at ABC Sports, Virage and ABC NewsOne.

Other speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Slacker CEO Jim Cady, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger, The Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese and many others.

ESPN SVP of Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West 2012RAIN Summit West will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude 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 kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th, in Minneapolis (at the Conclave) on July 20, and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

Vegas RAIN conference to feature Brian Benedik, Jon Mitchell, Michael Papish

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 1:00pm

Brian BenedikToday RAIN announces the addition of three more industry executives to the agenda of RAIN Summit West 2012: Katz 360 Sales President Brian Benedik, Spotify VP of U.S. Adsales Jon Mitchell and Michael Papish, Rovi Corporation Director of Architecture & Innovation.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Brian Benedik (pictured right) is President of Katz 360 Sales, the Katz Media Group’s digital sales arm, and a RAIN Summits veteran. After starting his career at Eastman Radio in 1993, he was promoted to NY Sales Manager five years later. Benedik served as General Sales Manager of Clear Channel Radio Sales and became President of Christal Radio

Jon MitchellJon Mitchell (pictured left) oversees all elements of the ad business for Spotify in the U.S. He has been with Spotify for more than 4 years and was the founding member of Spotify UK. In January 2011 he moved to the U.S. to launch and build the ad business. Previous to Spotify, Mitchell worked in the UK radio industry for 8 years, serving at Capital FM, Classic FM and other brands.

Michael Papish (pictured right) Michael Papishoversees the Rovi search and recommendations R&D team and helps guide the strategy for recommendation technology in Rovi-powered user experiences. Prior to Rovi -- from 2000 to 2010 -- Papish was CEO and co-founder of MediaUnbound, a profitable entertainment content recommendation technology company which licensed solutions to companies such as Terra Networks, MTVN/Viacom, Ericsson and Motorola. Rovi acquired the assets of MediaUnbound in March 2010.

Other speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Pandora SVP of Advertising Sales Steven Kritzman, Managing Partner of TAG Strategic Ted Cohen, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger and others.

ESPN SVP, Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West 2012

RAIN Summit West will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude 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 kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th, in Minneapolis (at the Conclave) on July 20, and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

RAIN "test drives" variety on in-car web radio setups at the Chicago Auto Show

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:00am

Chicago Auto ShowNearly a third of motorists in the U.S. want streaming media in their cars, according to the Gartner consultancy. And a Deloitte survey found that 72% of car buyers age 19-31 want smartphone app compatibility, and 59% said car connectivity is the most important aspect of a car's interior. So how is the auto industry responding to such demands?

Yesterday RAIN braved the crowds at the Chicago Auto Show to find out. After stopping back at least half a dozen auto-makers, we were struck by the variety of ways drivers can now listen to nearly any web radio service through their car speakers.

Indeed, though some manufacturers offer slick touchscreens that display album art and now playing info, these systems really only make it easier to do what most new models can already do through Bluetooth, USB or audio-jack connections. Most of the basic systems even allow control of web radio streams (using play, pause, and skip buttons on the steering wheel or dashboard). 

Pandora on MyLink in a Chevy MalibuGM's MyLink system (pictured left, playing Pandora) appeared to be one of the easiest systems to use. We tested the set-up in a 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco, which featured a touchscreen filled with iPad-like icons.

It offered options for Pandora and Stitcher, though it could stream any web radio or music content via Bluetooth or USB. MyLink supports Andriod and iPhone. Its available in the 2012 Verano, LaCrosse, Regal and Enclave -- according to the representative we spoke to, MyLink will be offered standard in most of those models by the end of the year. (Note: MyLink for Buick and GMC is confusingly dubbed IntelliLink).

Audi's in-car web set-up (pictured right, playing Pandora) was the most advanced and differed from others in not needing a smartphone for some web tasks. Instead, the car connects to the web itself using T-Mobile's network. Alas, the setup -- called Audi Connect -- doesn't include streaming web radio, which still requires a Bluetooth-connected iPhone or Android. However, you can connect to the Audi's in-car Wi-Fi and not drain your monthly data plan.

Audi Connect playing Pandora from a connected iPhoneAudi offered another nice touch: even though there's no in-dash web radio "app," per se, the dashboard screen does offer now playing metadata from web radio services.

BMW's system wasn't on display, but reps said it supported Pandora and MOG (though only through iPhones). Again, their cars include Bluetooth and USB support for playing any web radio or audio content.

The same was true of Volvo and Infiniti, though neither had in-dash support for apps like other manufacturers.

The most confusing system by far was Ford's MyFord Touch, which offered a mind-boggling interface that was nearly impossible for us to use. Much better was Ford's "basic" Sync system (pictured below left, in the process of creating a new Pandora station), which relies on voice commands rather than a touch screen. Those commands can control Slacker, iHeartRadio, Pandora or Stitcher (through a connected smartphone). You can even thumbs-up songs on Pandora or start new stations using voice commands.

Ford's basic Sync system

Toyota's EnTune system was strangely not available for a "test drive," even though it was prominently featured throughout their floorspace. EnTune supports iHeartRadio and Pandora (again, it requires a connected smartphone).

Both Toyota and Ford can stream any audio or web radio content via Bluetooth, USB or aux-in ports, which appeared to be available in most models.

In the end, it was clear that car manufacturers' "support" for certain apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio -- while most certainly helpful, both to drivers and the services -- isn't really necessary to listen to Internet radio while driving. All you need for that is a smartphone, web radio app and Bluetooh, a USB cord or an auxiliary audio cable.

Other observations from the Auto Show:

  • In-car hard drives for music (and video!) were common. BMW, for example, offers a built-in 12GB hard drive in some models, while Audi offers two SD card slots in the dashboard. As one BMW rep told us, "Why worry about your iPod or iPhone when your car is basically an iPod?"
     
  • Most models listed support for SiriusXM and even HD radio, but these felt almost expected, like having cup holders. Pandora and smartphone support appeared to be promoted more on banner and displays.
     
  • That said, some car reps were on shaky ground when discussing Internet radio support (though, in all fairness, they were probably expecting more questions about transmissions than the capabilities of Bluetooth audio streaming).
     
  • One Toyota rep told us he uses Bluetooth support in his own Toyota car to listen to YouTube music videos while driving. That stuck me as a fascinating insight into how consumers listen to music (as well as yet another reason to be cautious while driving).

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, ESPNRadio.com 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 kurthanson.com/rainsummitwest.

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.

4/13: Vegas RAIN Summit a smashing success

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:00am

This year’s RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas, which took place Monday, April 11, was most definitely our biggest and best gathering yet. The content presented and discussed — which we’ll report on over the coming days — was thought-provoking, educational and entertaining. To cap it all off, the evening’s RAIN Reader Cocktail Party (poolside at the Renaissance Hotel, pictured right) was especially memorable. 

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Heading to CES? Don't miss the Internet radio meet-up from Livio Radio and RAIN

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 11:15am

CES 2012Livio Radio and RAIN invite you to an Internet radio meet-up the night before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas. Catch up, share your news and enjoy great drinks!

The meet-up is Monday, January 9, 2012 at the PH Towers. You can RSVP and learn more here.

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