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First speakers announced
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 Hotel.

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 Rahn.

We are currently developing the following five panels:
Streaming 101
: The basics of getting your station(s) online
Stream Monetization: Agency attitudes, audience measurement, subscriptions, and available sales networks
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!
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Headline: "XM exec hints cooperation with Sirius not out of the question"
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 dollars, Sirius and XM 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 radio players, 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 required) here.

 
 
Headline: "Opening service to non-AOLers key to AOL Music's success"
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 Clear Channel, 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 sites...

"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.
 
 

Headline: "New CBS Digital Media chief to consult Infinity on Internet radio"
From Variety: "CBS prexy Leslie Moonves has appointed MarketWatch founder Larry Kramer [pictured right] to head a new unit overseeing digital initiatives, CBS Digital Media.

"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 advertising.'

"Kramer will oversee CBS SportsLine, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; CBS.com; CBSNews.com; and UPN.com, as well as the sales operations that serve them.

"Kramer will also consult at Infinity 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 president.

 


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Headline: "AM host connects with listeners via online video-conferencing"
From RBR.com: "Most radio stations across the country have been using the Internet and e-mail to connect with listeners for a few years.

"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 KPRC-AM/Houston] 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.'..

"All that is required of attendees is that they have the ubiquitous Macromedia Flash 7.0 browser plug-in."

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Upcoming conferences
April 12 Future of Music Coalition D.C. Policy Day: Washington
April 16-21 NAB 2005: Las Vegas
April 19 2nd Annual RAIN Las Vegas Summit: Las Vegas
May 1-4 MUSEXPO - International Music & Media: Los Angeles
May 17-18 Streaming Media East 2005: New York
June 23-25 Radio & Records Convention 2005: Cleveland
July 21-24 Conclave XXX: Minneapolis
Sept. 11-13 Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit: Washington