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One of these four services will win the RAIN Award for "Best Overall Digital Strategy"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:50am

One of the highlights of the upcoming RAIN Summit Orlando on September 17 will be the presentation of the fourth-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards. This week, we're revealing the semi-finalists in each of the Awards' five categories. We began yesterday with the "Best Single Stream Webcaster" category (see it here). Today's semi-finalists are vying for the award for "Best Overall Digital Strategy."

Broadcasters, online-only webcasters, and aggregation services are eligible, and judges may consider mobile, streaming, websites, downloads, video and/or other features. Past winners of this award include iHeartRadio (2012), WTOP-AM/WTOP.com (2011), and CBS Radio (2010).

Congratulations to these semi-finalists. Please try out the services, and see why we felt they deserved further consideration from our judges for a RAIN Award:

  • ESPN Radio: The "Worldwide Leader in Sports" has been a leader online as well
     
  • iHeartRadio: Clear Channel's platform that aggregates over 1,500 live AM/FM streams, personalized custom stations, "Perfect For" curated channels, a new talk-radio feature, mobile apps, and more
     
  • TuneIn: The leading online radio stream aggregator in the U.S., TuneIn offers over 70,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs to more than 20 connected devices
     
  • ZenoRadio: Delivers radio and other audio content from all over the world to any phone in North America for free via voice networks -- no smart phone or data plan needed

We'll reveal the finalists for all five categories next week. Thanks to all the services that entered our Awards this year. We created the RAIN Internet Radio Awards to better recognize the achievements and the best practices of our industry, and have presented them at the last three RAIN Summit fall events. Read more about the Awards here.

RAIN Summit Orlando -- an Official Partner Event to The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB -- looks to continue our tradition of hosting the industry's premiere learning, sharing, and networking events. Entercom president and CEO David Field will keynote. The day will also include panel discussions, a research presentation from GroupM Next, and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry address. More information, and the registration link, for RAIN Summit Orlando is here.

We'll announce the winners of the 2012 Awards at RAIN Summit Dallas Sept. 18

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 1:10pm

The presentation of the third annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards happens at RAIN Summit Dallas on September 18th. Today, we're thrilled to announce the Awards finalists in each of the four categories.

RAIN and Triton Digital inaugurated the Awards in 2010 to recognize the achievements and best practices of webcasters in our industry. As part of the Awards, Triton Digital will award the 2012 RAIN Maker Award to honor the individual who has contributed significantly to advancing digital radio.

The judging staff has now visited, listened, sorted, and hashed out "short lists" of Awards finalists from this year's entries. It is from these finalists that a single winner in each category will be chosen. The Best Single-Stream Webcaster award is for operations that concentrate their energies and passion into crafting just one program of online radio content. Congratuations to this year's Single-Stream finalists: BeachFront Radio, BlackLight Radio, Castlerockradio.com, Floyd's 99 Radio, Radio Paradise, RootHog Radio, and The Cigar Station. The 2011 Single-Stream winner was HealthRadio.net.

Broadcast stations, groups, or online-only webcasters are all eligible for the Best Overall Digital Strategy prize. It's all about recognizing the operation that best harnesses new media tools (mobile, downloads, podcasts, streams, etc.) in a unified, focused strategy. This year's finalists are ESPN Audio, EXA FM, iHeartRadio, Karnaval.com, Spotify, and Sportsradio WEEI/Boston. Hubbard's Washington, D.C. WTOP was last year's winner in this category.

This next category recognizes streaming broadcasters (like our 2011 winner, Rhythmic CHR CJNW Hot 107 in Edmonton). The 2012 winner is among the following: 97.1 FM The Drive (WDRV/Chicago), ESPNRadio.com, and WDST Radio Woodstock.

And finally, the big one! Here are the finalists for the 2012 Best Overall Online Radio Service, which will go to the operation our judges feel provides the best overall online listener experience: 977music.com, AOL Radio, ESPN Audio, iHeartRadio, Live365, Pandora (the 2011 winner in this category), and Spotify.

Thanks to all our entrants, and congratulations and good luck to the finalists. We hope you can join us in Dallas on September 18th for the Awards at RAIN Summit Dallas. Click the link for information and to register.

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