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RCS, Songza, CBC executives to dicuss online music listening at RAIN Summit Orlando

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 1:30pm

One of the dicussion panels at September 17th's RAIN Summit Orlando will feature industry professionals taking on the topic of online music listeners' habits and behavior. We'll introduce you to three of them today.

The "Streaming Music Trends" will examine popular genres, music recommendation technology, best strategies for social media sharing, audience listening patterns, and more.

Joining the discussion will be CBC Music executive director of radio & audio Chris Boyce. Boyce was behind the launch of CBC Music (here and here), the Canadian Broadcasting Company's digital music service that includes over 50 web radio services (radio networks CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3 dozens of streams devoted to particular genres of music). Boyce (pictured top right) oversees the digital service, plus CBC Radio programming for two national over-the-air networks and 35 local stations across Canada.

Next up on the panel is Songza chief content officer and co-founder Eric Davich. Songza is the webcast service featuring the the oft-imitated Music Concierge (in RAIN here) that features music streams curated for listeners' moods or activities. Davich (left) was director of content for indie online music store and social network service Amie Street, where Songza was initially developed.

RCS Sound Software is the company that provides the world's leading broadcast software over nine-thousand radio and TV stations, cable music channels, satellite radio networks and Internet music sites. RCS president and CEO Philippe Generali will also take part in the "Streaming Music Trends" panel.

In 2003, Generali created a new RCS division called Media Monitors for market research that employs RCS fingerprinting technology with several data production centers around the world. Generali was the driving force behind the U.S. music research index, Mscore and the listening analysis tool, Audience Reaction.

We'll soon announce more speakers for the dashboard discussion panel, as well as other panels and presentations for 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.

Starting next year, stations will need to be Arbitron customers to combine on-air, online listening ratings

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:40am

Arbitron says it will discontinue "Total Line Reporting" for broadcasters that don't subscribe to its ratings service -- likely as a way "to woo back non-subscribers that benefit from TLR," suggests Inside Radio (here).

Total Line Reporting enables stations to combine their online simulcast listening with over-the-air listening for ratings purposes. Now, starting with the winter 2014 book in diary markets and the January 2014 report in PPM markets, non-subscribers will be reported as individual stations only. Ad buyers will not see combined ratings for simulcasts of non-subscribing stations, beginning next year.

As we reported here, Arbitron recently changed the requirements for what's considered a "simulcast," requiring stations to stream 100% identical content (programming and ads) only in their home Metro and DMA. The new policy allows the station to stream any content it likes outside its home Metro/DMA.

RAIN Summit Orlando will feature a discussion panel dedicated to ad-insertion and broadcast radio online simulcasts on September 17. We have more detail on that panel here.

RAIN Summit Orlando to host experts from Ford, Pioneer, Pandora to discuss in-dash Internet radio

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:20pm

As roughly half of all radio listening in the U.S. takes place in the car, it's no surprise the industry wants to talk (and learn) about the latest in connecting the car's information and entertainment systems to the Internet. Last year 4.3 million cars sold supported in-car infotainment services that connect the car to online news, weather, social networking, and music streaming. A recent forecast from mobile industry group GSMA (with research firm SBD) predicts that number to be over 32 million in 2018 (read more in RAIN here).

Today we introduce three experts who'll join us at RAIN Summit Orlando to discuss the "connected car."

[The RAIN Summit $99 "early bird" registration expires tomorrow. Register to attend (here) today!]

Scott Burnell (upper right) is global lead of business development and partner management for Ford Motor Company. He concentrates on mobile apps, wireless operators, and handset makers for the Ford Developer Program. (Previously, he co-owned indie label The Revolution Music.)

Ford's in-dash audiotainment system is called SYNC, and includes apps for Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, MOG, and SiriusXM Internet radio. With SYNC AppLink, listeners can activate other apps on a connected smartphone using voice commands and radio buttons on the steering wheel (read more here).

Ted Cardenas is Pioneer Electronics' VP of marketing for its car electronics division. Ted (left) focuses on educating consumers about Pioneer’s in-vehicle entertainment, navigation, and connectivity solutions through overall brand strategy, sales initiatives, promotional activities, and advertising. He's been with Pioneer for 17 years.

In May Pioneer debuted its new AppRadio 3 in-dash platform with iPhone 5 compatibility, and is now compatible with more than 40 Android devices as well. The platform enables a mobile device-to-dashboard connection for music, apps, and information that’s displayed on the Pioneer in-dash receiver.

Geoff Snyder (lower right) is director of automotive business development for leading webcaster Pandora. He's responsible for Pandora's automotive distribution strategy and partnership management.

Pandora has always been aggressive about expanding its reach beyond desktop computers and mobile phones, and this year announced its in-car integration has topped 2.5 million "unique activations." The Pandora app is now available in 23 major automotive brands (plus eight aftermarket partners) -- making the service available in more than 100 different cars.

We'll soon announce more speakers for the dashboard discussion panel, as well as other panels and presentations for 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 (more here). RAIN Summit Orlando is an Official Partner Event of The Radio Show produced by the NAB and RAB. See the latest here.

Entercom CEO Field announces company's creation of Director of Audience Digital Engagement position

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:40pm

Entercom president and CEO David Field yesterday sent employees a "midyear update" in which one of his very first points was the announcement of the creation of a new Director of Audience Digital Engagement position, and the appointment of Kim Reis to it.

Field will keynote RAIN Summit Orlando on September 17. He sent the letter as follow-up to Entercom's management gathering in Minneapolis.

In it, Field described Reis' role to "work full-time as a resource to our PD’s and air talent to enhance their effectiveness across all digital and social media platforms."

Read "A Midyear Update From David Field" here. Get more information on RAIN Summit Orlando (and take advantage of the $99 early bird registration, which ends Wednesday) here.

One week left for $99 RAIN Summit Orlando registration AND Internet Radio Awards nominations

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

We wanted to give you a reminder that the $99 "early bird" registration offer for RAIN Summit Orlando ends Wednesday, July 31 -- one week from today -- which is also the deadline for nominations for the RAIN Internet Radio Awards.

RAIN Summit Orlando will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on Tuesday, September 17th, during NAB/RAB Radio Show Week. Entercom president/CEO David Field will keynote. More info and a link to register, are here.

The Summit will conclude with the presentation of the fourth annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, which recognize the achievements and the best practices of the Internet radio industry. For more info and to submit your service for consideration, see our dedicated page here.

Saga's Goldstein, Triton's Agovino join RAIN Summit panel to address ad-insertion

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:30am

RAIN Summits has announced the roster of professionals who'll discuss ad insertion at September 17th's RAIN Summit Orlando. [Pro tip: The $99 "early bird" registration expires July 31. Register to attend (here) soon!]

Ad-insertion -- substituting online-only ads in a stream of broadcast programming -- is perhaps more controversial than ever. While ad-insertion allows stations to sell online-only ad inventory and monetize streaming audiences on top of broadcast listening, until recently Arbitron (RAIN coverage here) didn't include online listening in "total line reporting" for stations that streamed ads that weren't also broadcast. Last year broadcasters like Saga Communications (in RAIN here  and here) and Hubbard's WTOP (here) announced moves to eliminate ad-insertion in favor of full simulcast streaming.

To explain his company's position, Saga Communications EVP Steve Goldstein (pictured) will participate on the panel. He's been part of Saga management since 1986. Saga owns 88 radio stations in 23 markets.

Another broadcaster joining the panel is Greater Media Interactive SVP/GM Tom Bender. Named Regional GM of Greater Media's Detroit-based operation in 1986, in 2007 Tom moved to the new media side to lead interactive efforts company-wide. Just last month Greater Media chairman/CEO Peter Smyth restated his company's strong support for both streaming and online ad-insertion here.

Not surprisingly, Smyth and Greater Media find fans among ad sales professionals and technology providers. Adswizz CEO Alexis van der Wyer and Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino both represent companies that provide audience measurement, sales, and ad-serving tools to broadcasters and webcasters. Van der Wyer and Agovino will both return to the RAIN Summit stage to address ad-insertion's sales and technology issues.

Finally, representing the ad buying community, Natalie Swed Stone is U.S. Director of National Radio at OMD. She manages national radio investments for OMD clients like JCPenney, Lowe’s, State Farm, Visa, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s, Clorox, PepsiCo, and H&R Block. Swed Stone (pictured) provides strategic counsel within all of OMD on effective use of the radio medium, including Internet, satellite, and mobile platforms.

RAIN Summit Orlando will also feature a keynote presentation from Entercom Communications president/CEO David Field, panel discussions and presentations from some of the industry's most creative and innovative professionals, 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.

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