for RAIN Las Vegas seminar
Please plan to join us for the second annual "RAIN
Las Vegas Summit" on Internet radio, to
be held Tuesday afternoon (4/19), 2:30-6pm, at the Bellagio
Confirmed speakers include Cox Radio's Gregg
Lindahl, Digitally Imported's Ari
Shohat, Radioio's Michael
Roe, legal expert David
Oxenford, Net Radio Sales's Jennifer
Lane, and CustomChannel.net's Dave
We are currently developing the following five panels:
Streaming 101: The basics of getting your station(s)
Stream Monetization: Agency
attitudes, audience measurement, subscriptions, and available
Programming Online Radio: What do listeners want?
Where might podcasting fit in?
Working with Labels: How
can webcasters and record labels work together?
Envisioning 2009: Where
is technology headed? How will consumer behavior change?
If you're thinking about attending NAB 2005, this may
push you over the edge... it may be the most
valuable 3-1/2 hours you spend this year!
From TheStreet.com: "Suddenly, talk of a truce fills
the combative satellite radio space.
"XM Satellite Radio and Sirius have spent years scrapping
for leadership of their small but fast-growing high-tech
niche. The rivals have traded insults, engaged in shouting matches
and pumped out press releases at a furious rate.
"But going by what an XM exec said at an investment
conference Wednesday, the clash may be on track to mellow a bit.
The comments suggest that as they focus more on attracting advertising
are starting to see traditional radio,
rather than each other, as their greatest nemesis...
"The armistice buzz started up when XM Chairman Gary
Parsons took a question at the Banc of America Securities
Media and Telecom conference. A money manager asked Parsons if Sirius
and XM might benefit by making radios that could work with either
service and charging $18 a month for the combined services...
"Parsons seemed pleased by the query and said it was
the first time he'd ever heard that question. 'I'd have no problem
doing that,' he answered.
"The evident warmth of the reply seemed to suggest
that not only was there room for two satellite
but that maybe together the two shops could work
against a much larger foe: conventional radio...
"Parsons said that since Mel Karmazin took over as CEO
of Sirius, the satellite radio industry
has become more cohesive...
"Both companies... are required by the Federal Communications
Commission to work on system interoperability that would provide
consumers with more programming choices regardless of hardware...
"'Their real adversary is terrestrial radio,' says (one
conference attendee)... 'They ought to be working
together to take listeners and advertising from them.'"
Read this entire article from TheStreet.com (subscription
From DigitalMusicNews.com: "AOL
Music has been quite a success story of late, jockeying to
the top spot among online
music destinations and breaking new bands in the process.
"The site has experienced solid
increases after tearing down its walled garden, part of
an overall strategy to ride the recent surge
in advertising revenue.
"'We're really neck and neck with Yahoo!
Music,' commented Jack Isquith, executive of music industry
relations for AOL Music, telling Digital Music News that 'all boats
are rising with the incoming tide.'
"One big competitor on the music destination radar is
with ex-AOL executive Evan Harrison spinning some old tricks. The
new Clear Channel digital initiative will see the rollout of a new
slate of original artist videos, with existing radio sites receiving
the beefed up content. According to Isquith, that model poses some
challenges, with many listeners already abandoning
terrestrial radio stations and their companion
"The terrestrial radio decline is also being exacerbated
by a stepped-up FCC enforcement
regimen, causing big jocks like Howard Stern to leave the format entirely
for satellite. That has had an unexpected impact for AOL Music, with
Isquith [pictured left] noting that 'the biggest
thing for online radio was Howard Stern leaving for Sirius.'
While that may seem counterintuitive, Isquith reported a huge increase
in calls after the move, with Stern representing a watershed moment.
"Despite the increased interest, Isquith still recognizes
the importance of other media outlets for artist campaigns.
"'Anybody alone can't get it done,' said the AOL executive,
noting that the multi-tasking, heavily distracted
consumer regularly canvasses across various media outlets for entertainment...
"Meanwhile, AOL will be aggressively expanding, with
Isquith pointing to a big advertising and
promotional campaign this summer."
Read this entire column in Digital Music News online here.
From Variety: "CBS prexy Leslie Moonves has appointed
MarketWatch founder Larry Kramer [pictured right] to head a new
unit overseeing digital initiatives, CBS
"CBS and MarketWatch were partners in CBSMarketwatch.com
until Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. acquired
the financial news site in
January for $519 million...
"'I needed a guru for our digital initiatives,' CBS
prexy Leslie Moonves said. 'We have to maximize the revenue we get
from sources other than television or radio
"Kramer will oversee CBS
SportsLine, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; CBS.com;
well as the sales operations that serve them.
"Kramer will also consult
Broadcasting, a role that may increase as the unit develops
its Internet radio business."
This entire article is online here
(subscription required). "Prexy" is Variety-speak for
RBR.com: "Most radio stations across the country have been
using the Internet and e-mail to connect with listeners for a few
"But a Houston radio host is taking it up a notch by
interacting with listeners via video web
conferencing during broadcasts.
"MegaMeeting.com and Houston's 'The
High-Tech Texan Show with Michael Garfield' [on
let users of PC, MAC and Linux
systems all communicate without having
to download, install or configure any software...
Listeners with cameras can be seen by Garfield and other listeners.
"'Michael is really making the most of our Internet
based video web conferencing solution by using it for his live radio
program,' says MegaMeeting.com
co-founder Scott Goldman. 'His listeners not only become viewers
but also an interactive part of the show.'..
that is required of attendees is that they have the ubiquitous
Macromedia Flash 7.0 browser plug-in."
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