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Here are the RAIN Awards single-stream webcaster semifinalists

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:15am

In just two weeks, we'll present the fourth-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards at RAIN Summit Orlando (September 17).

This week, we're happy to reveal the semi-finalists in each of the Awards' five categories, beginning today with the "Best Single Stream Webcaster" category. We'll reveal the finalists for all five categories next week.

The following webcasters were among the best pureplay webcasters with a single stream of radio content from all our entrants. Past winners of this award include RootHogRadio.com (2012), HealthRadio.net (2011), and Hard Radio (2010). We congratulate these semi-finalists, and encourage you to check out why we felt their services deserved to make the final round of judging:

  • Fusion Radio Commercial dance, house, electro, and trance music. Based in Chicago
     
  • idobi  Alternative rock, and third most-listened-to pureplay webcaster in Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics domestic rankings
     
  • Paladin Radio CHR/Top 40 radio, with weekend specialty shows
     
  • Planet Candela bills itself as Hot Hits in English and Spanish, and has an on-air staff
     
  • Soul City Radio from Baltimore, it specializes in Soul, Neo-Soul, R&B, and Jazz, and has a new morning show
     
  • Stoke Radio A webcaster dedicated to the music and lifestyle of the sport of "stand-up paddling" (true!)
     
  • The Blast Christian metal with high bitrate streams

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 -- is shaping up to be one of the premiere learning, sharing, and networking events of the year for Internet radio professionals. 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.

Execs from Clear Channel, LDR, NY Public Radio, Radiate will speak at Sept. 17 Summit event

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 12:00pm

President of Digital for Clear Channel Media Brian Lakamp is yet another of the industry's top execs who'll speak at RAIN Summit Orlando, September 17.

Lakamp (right) oversees not only infrastructure, tools, and social media integration for Clear Channel local stations’ branded Internet properties -- but the company's iHeartRadio digital property. In July the iHeartRadio Talk service was added to the platform, which also includes over 1,500 broadcast streams, mood-related "Perfect For" channels, and user-created "Custom Stations" music channels.

Lakamp will speak as a panelist on the "Streaming Music Trends" discussion (which we first announced in RAIN here), covering online listener habits and behavior, sharing strategies, music recommendation technology, and more.

RAIN Summit Orlando will also features the "Building a Top Digital Sales Team" panel, to offer input on staffing and training your digital sales department (see other panelists here). Joining this discussion are Radiate Media VP/Digital Sales Kurt Gentry (left), and director of digital underwriting at New York Public Radio Sarah van Mosel (right).

Radiate Media provides software and services like local news, weather, and traffic as well as marketing tools. Before joing the company in January 2012, Gentry was involved with ownership, management, and sales positions in broadcast radio and television.

New York Public Radio's van Mosel handles revenue generation for all of NYPR's digital properties, like the popular "Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin," "Freakonomics Radio," and "Radiolab" podcasts. She was previously SVP of sales and marketing at InterTech Media; and worked for MJI Interactive (which is now Triton Digital).

Joining the talk to explore revenue strategies beyond spot sales is Daniel Anstandig, who's CEO of LDR Interactive. LDR's "crowdcasting" software integrate real-time audience interaction into a broadcaster's live programming. Clients include Clear Channel Radio, CBS, Hubbard, Bell/Astral Media, Virgin Radio in Europe, and Harvard Broadcasting. Andstandig (left) is former president of McVay New Media and a VP/consultant with McVay Media Consulting. He began in Internet radio as founder of Radio DAER in 1997.

The "Alternative Revenue Strategies" panel (there's more on this panel in RAIN here), on which he'll speak, will deal with incremental revenue for streaming audio companies, including performance-based and direct-response campaigns, ad exchanges, daily deals, and more.

RAIN Summit Orlando is September 17, leading off The Radio Show from the NAB and RAB. Entercom Communications president and CEO David Field will give the keynote address, and GroupM Next executives will present their research on streaming audio and advertising. RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will make his "State of the Industry" address, and the day will conclude with the presentation of the RAIN Internet Radio Awards and the RAIN Reader cocktail party.

Get the latest information on the Summit here, and register for RAIN Summit Orlando here. Since the Summit is an Official Partner Event to The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB, there's a special two-for-one discount for those attending both events. Simply select the "Radio Show + RAIN Summit" package when you register for the Radio Show.

"The Race to the Dashboard" among five important industry topics Summit panels will cover Sept. 17

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:40am

Steve Cotter is in his seventh years as SVP of sales and business development at webcaster Slacker, where he oversees distribution efforts that include partnerships with automotive manufacturers. Steve (right) will speak on the RAIN Summit Orlando panel called "The Race to the Dashboard," September 17.

Presented by Triton Digital, "The Race to the Dashboard" will be a discussion on strategies for audio content providers to claim a spot in the "connected dashboards" that will soon be in nearly every car on the road. It's one of five panels scheduled for RAIN Summit Orlando.

(By the way, the Summit will also feature a discussion on whether broadcasters should "simulcast" online in order to combine digital and AM/FM audiences, or if they should sell digital-only inventory. Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino, who'll be part of the panel, is publishing a five-part series this week on the matter. See the four installments so far here.)

Kevin Straley spent eight years as an executive with XM Satellite Radio before joining TuneIn as VP/Programming in December 2011. He too will be part of the panel discussion. TuneIn is a streaming content aggregation service that powers Internet radio tuning for mobile apps and streaming devices. By the end of May, the company surpassed one billion listening hours for the year.

As we announced (here), Cotter and Straley will be joined by executives from the Ford Motor Company, Pioneer Electronics, and Pandora. Entercom president and CEO David Field keynotes RAIN Summit Orlando, which will also feature a research presentation from GroupM Next, RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson's "State of the Industry," the RAIN Internet Radio Awards, and the RAIN Reader cocktail party. For more information and a link to register to attend, see the RAIN Summit Orlando page here.

Triton COO Agovino sets out to "debunk" the wisdom behind online simulcasting

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 2:15pm

Introducing a five-part series today on his company's website, Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino has set out to "debunk" the advantages broadcasters hope to gain by simulcasting online.

In this application, online simulcasting means streaming exactly the same content online, at the same time, that's broadcast on the air. Most importantly, it means the same ads run online that are on the AM/FM signal, and not replaced with (potentially-) targeted, online only commercials.

"Up until now, (broadcasters' online ad inventory) has been very difficult to sell locally, and national/aggregation plays have failed to deliver real value back to the broadcaster," Agovino (pictured) concedes.

But instead of innovating and trying to remedy the challenges of selling digital locally, "broadcasters are in retreat," he says.

Triton Digital is a leading vendor of ad-insertion technologies to the radio and webcasting inudstries. You can read Part 1 of Agovino's "Simulcasting Debunked" here.

Agovino will make his case on "The Ad Insertion Panel" discussion at RAIN Summit Orlando on September 17. RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will moderate the panel, which will also feature Saga Communications EVP Steve Goldstein, Greater Media Interactive's Tom Bender, Adswizz CEO Alexis van der Wyer, and OMD's Natalie Swed Stone (read more about "The Ad Insertion Panel" here). Full details and registration for RAIN Summit Orlando is available here.

RAIN Summit to present "Alternative Revenue Strategies" panel at next month's Orlando event

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 12:15pm

As a way to explore some novel online radio revenue methods beyond the typcial CPM campaign, RAIN Summit Orlando will present the "Alternative Revenue Strategies" panel. On the panel to discuss topics like performance-based and direct response campaigns, ad exchanges, and "daily deals" will be Dial Global's Matt Cutair, Univision's Ted Gurley, and Pandora's Dan Weiner.

Dial Global VP of digital operations and sales Matt Cutair (upper right) is responsible for overseeing all digital advertising sales and operations. He's based in New York, and his experience includes a stint with Pandora. He began his radio career as a producer and on-air talent at CBS Radio's WJKF-AM.

VP of digital sales for Univision Radio U.S. and Puerto Rico, Ted Gurley (left) is a former Katz Media Group VP/GM, with experience in broadcast- and cable-television. He's co-author of one of the first books about digital media and the entertainment and music industry, called Plug-In: The Guide to Music and the Net.

Western region VP of sales for Pandora is Dan Weiner (lower right). He's based in Los Angeles, where he was regional VP for the Fox Audience Network, and station and market manager for CBS Radio and Clear Channel.

Alternative Revenue Strategies is just one of five informative discussion panels RAIN Summit Orlando will present. Entercom Communications president and CEO David Field will give the keynote address, and GroupM Next executives will present their research on streaming audio and advertising. RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson will make his "State of the Industry" address, and the day will conclude with the presentation of the RAIN Internet Radio Awards and the RAIN Reader cocktail party.

Get the latest information on the Summit here, and register for RAIN Summit Orlando here. Since the Summit is an Official Partner Event to The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB, there's a special two-for-one discount for those attending both events. Simply select the "Radio Show + RAIN Summit" package when you register for the Radio Show.

Katz 360, Marketron, Intertech execs on board for September 17 Summit

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:50pm

Katz360's Mort Greenberg, Marketron's Martin Kristiseter, and Intertech Media's Al Pervin will join us at RAIN Summit Orlando to discuss strategies for staffing an effective digital sales team.

The "Building a Top Digital Sales Team" panelists will teach you what to look for when hiring, the best practices for digital sales training, and how to furnish your staff with the best tools to optimize inventory.

RAIN Summit Orlando is September 17, and leads off The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB. We'll present fourth-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, and conclude with the RAIN Reader cocktail party.

Greenberg (top left photo) took the president's position at Katz360 (which is being rebranded as PROXi Digital) in October, to oversee the monetization of Katz 360’s affiliates and develop the company's "location ad" products (his previous position was as global head of ad sales for Nokia's Location & Commerce division). Greenberg led the transformation of NBC Universal's integrated broadcast and digital ad sales.

Joining Greenberg, Marketron's Martin Kristiseter was founder and president of mSnap, a leading mobile advertising solution provider and the largest broadcast-based mobile ad network. Since its acquisition by Marketron, Kristiseter (middle photo) has served as VP/mobile solutions. He's responsible for the product direction and sales of the Marketron Mobile solution, used by broadcasters like Saga Communications.

Intertech Media director of sales Al Pervin (bottom left) has been a TV anchor and radio talk show host, and was VP/GM of legendary Detroit alternative rock station 89X. Intertech provides web content management, website development, streaming, geo-targeted ad insertion, database marketing, mobile applications, and more to over 1,200 radio and television stations.

We'll soon announce more industry experts who'll speaker at RAIN Summit Orlando. The event will also feature a keynote presentation from Entercom Communications president/CEO David Field, and the presentation of the fourth-annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards. RAIN Summit Orlando is an Official Partner Event of The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB. See the latest here. Register for the Summit here.

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