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Radio legend and digital pioneer Steve Dahl to keynote RAIN Summit Midwest at The Conclave

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 12:40pm

Steve DahlThe upcoming Conclave Learning Conference will -- for the third consecutive year -- conclude with RAIN Summit Midwest. This year's conference will include a keynote presentation from radio legend Steve Dahl.

RAIN Summit Midwest will take place Friday, July 20, starting at 10am. It will feature several presentations and panels, including:

  • RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry address.
  • "Many Platforms, Many Opportunities," a panel on the best multi-platform strategies. It will include Rick Greenhurt (iBiquity Digital Corporation), Steve Goldstein (Saga Communications), Samy Simpson (Eventr Real-Time Marketing & Advertising) and Mark Kassof (Mark Kassof & Company).
  • "How Stations Can Better Engage Listeners on Facebook," a presentation from knowDigital's Sam Milkman including insights into whether radio stations are truly engaging their audience on Facebook.
  • "'Pure Play' -- Radio's Most 'Direct' Competitors?" will examine the highly competitive, quickly-changing landscape of firms providing online listeners a similar experience to broadcast radio. It will include Mat Bates (Slacker).
  • "Using Social Media As a Show Prep Tool," a presentation on the best practices air talent can use on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other services to find content for their shows. Valerie Geller (Geller Media International) will present.
  • "Streaming Strategies for Radio," a panel on the pros and cons of attracting listeners and generating revenue for your station via streaming. It will feature Michael Dalfonzo (Abacast), Kevin Straley (TuneIn) and Tyler Brookfield (Liquid Compass).
  • "What to Expect from Digital Marketing," a presentation from Ed Schindler (dmr Interactive) about the best practices for executing marketing campaigns online.
  • And, as mentioned, a keynote presentation from legendary air talent Steve Dahl. Kurt Hanson will interview the self-employed podcaster on-stage about his efforts to move the "Steve Dahl Show" to the digital age.

RAIN Summit Midwest"RAIN Summits have become a fixture at Learning Conferences," said Conclave Executive Director Tom Kay. "While everything we present during the Learning Conference carries a 'can’t miss' connation, Kurt Hanson’s annual trip to tomorrow is all that, and more!"

The 37th Conclave Learning Conference takes place Wednesday, July 18 through Friday, July 20, at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel Minneapolis, MN. Featured speakers include Governor Mike Huckabee on Thursday morning at 9AM and RAB President Erica Farber on Friday morning at 9AM.

You can find out more about the Conclave Learning Conference and register to attend at www.theconclave.com.

We hope to see you there!

Steve Dahl Network adds long-time Q101 personality James VanOsdol

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:00am

James VanOsdolFormer on-air radio personality James VanOsdol has joined the Steve Dahl Network, reports Chicagoland Radio and Media.

VanOsdol is a former personality and music programmer who has served at Chicago's Q101 (WKQX-FM), WXRT-FM and WZZN-FM. VanOsdol will produce interview podcasts for Dahl's subscribers. He joins former radio personality Kevin Matthews (who joined the Dahl Network in November 2011, see RAIN here) and of course Steve Dahl himself. 

After his own contract with CBS Radio in Chicago ended, Dahl began podcasting in September 2009, making his shows available for free on his website (He appeared at two RAIN Summit events last year to speak, and learn, about the business.). In August 2011, he made the podcast a $9.95/month subscription service (see RAIN here).

Chicagoland Radio and Media has more coverage here.

Former radio personality Kevin Matthews to appear on Steve Dahl's podcast service

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:15am

Steve DahlFormer Chicago radio mainstay and (now) podcaster Steve Dahl (right) revealed on his blog that fellow Chicago radio alumnus Kevin Matthews will podcast a show for Dahl subscribers this Friday. After hearing the first 20 minutes of  the "KevCast," Dahl wrote, "I was laughing so hard my eyes were watering. It took all of myself control not to spit coffee all over his studio carpeting." Matthews was let go Citadel/Cumulus in Grand Rapids earlier this month.

Kevin MatthewsThe Chicagoland Radio and Media site reports, "This will be Matthews second serious attempt at podcasting. In 2005, after exiting Chicago's WCKG-FM, Matthews (left) did a handful of podcasts, before ending the project when, later that same year, he was given the Grand Rapids jobs of WLAV-FM morning host and Citadel Broadcasting Director of Program Development for the southwestern MI cluster of stations."

Though for now the Matthews podcast appears to be a one-shot deal, Dahl wrote, "It is my fervent hope that 'The Kevin Matthews Show' will become a daily Steve Dahl Podcast Network  (I just made that up) staple, and that together Kevin and I will ride off into the radio sunset on our podcasting horses."

After his own contract with CBS Radio in Chicago ended, Dahl began podcasting in September, 2009, making his shows available for free on his website (He appeared at two RAIN Summit events last year to speak, and learn, about the business.). In August of this year, he made the podcast a $9.95/month subscription service (see RAIN here).

Read the Chicagoland Radio and Media story here.

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