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First wave of 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.

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? (And 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?

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's Dave Rahn.

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!

To register (attendance is free to the first 50 registrants), send an e-mail to

: "Start-up MSpot hopes to take on the fledgling satellite radio industry with a new service that delivers streaming news, talk and music programming to mobile phones.

"Palo Alto, Calif.-based MSpot is set to launch its MSpot Radio service on Monday, initially targeting customers of Sprint's PCS Vision mobile phone service.

"The service will start out
with 13 channels of live and on-demand programming, including feeds from National Public Radio. All programming is delivered as a streaming media feed over the Web, making it accessible by just about any Web-ready phone with an all-you-can-eat data plan. MSpot will charge $5.95 a month for the service.

"MSpot CEO Daren Tsui said he expects to compete mainly with the burgeoning satellite radio industry by offering a service that's cheaper than XM or Sirius, doesn't require a special receiver and can penetrate inside buildings, as opposed to fickle satellite signals. 'Cell coverage may not be universal, but it's a lot better than satellite,' he said.

"MSpot initially will have only eight channels of broadly defined music programming, as opposed to the dozens offered by XM and Sirius, but Tsui said working through the Web means he can add new streams as soon as there's demand. 'We have the ability and the clearances to put up as many channels as we want,' he said. 'I can call my office and literally have a new channel streaming in five minutes...'"

Read the entire story at here or see the underlying press release here.

Within the next few years, it seems almost certain that most cell phones will have Internet access (and affordable data plans), built-in media players, and the availablity of stereo headphones. (Example of currently-available model: Sanyo MM-5600, pictured.)

At that point, one's cell phone is going to be the equivilent of an FM Walkman, except for the fact that one will always be carrying it around!

For tens of millions of people, it will be an extremely convenient way to listen to radio. Will they? I think it's a likely bet. -- KH


Headline: "South Florida stations latest to go 'off the air, on the Internet'"
From the Miami Herald: "Remember Zeta, the progressive rock station Clear Channel switched to Hispanic urban in February? It's back -- on the Internet.

"Clear Channel South Florida has launched Internet radio station to cater to a vocal group of fans who were irate when left bereft of their beloved WZTA-FM 94.9.

"'Honestly, the idea came from one of Zeta's past loyal listeners,' said Rob Roberts, Clear Channel's regional vice president of programming.

"It's hardly novel, though. Genres of music with limited commercial appeal are increasingly finding a home as boutique stations on the Internet. Last month, Cox Radio launched to replace its over-the-air dance music station, WPYM-FM 93.1 Party 93. Cox had flipped the techno station to alternative rock...

"Clear Channel now hopes to recapture its rock listeners by appealing to both their Web-savvy nature and their familiarity with the Zeta brand... will be operated as a full-fledged radio station, complete with promotions, events, concerts -- and yes, those pesky commercials."

Read this story from the Miami Herald online here.


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Reader Feedback
Here's feedback on Thursday's article "Emmis Chicago alternative Q101 sets programming to 'shuffle'" (here) ...

"Doesn't the Program Director get paid to program?.."

I liked the article re: Q101 -- I heard some of their 'experiment' last weekend and was horrified. The DJs were obviously confused, and one of them even stated how much he loved his iPod shuffle, and how you get some great segues, and some awful segues, and "here's one of the great ones."

Mostly, Paul, I agree with you over Kurt -- the music still stinks, and even if they have 1000 songs in rotation, instead of 200, anyone who wants to listen to shuffle music has a bigger selection than that.

Shouldn't a radio station be more than a random shuffle? I shuffle my iPod so I don't have to keep on putting in new discs. Doesn't Q101 have a Program Director? And doesn't the Program Director get paid to program?

  Paul M. Hletko, Patent Attorney
Cardinal Law Group
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