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RAIN 8/26: Clear Channel's digital chief Evan Harrison to leave at end of year

Posted on: 08/26/2010

HARRISON LED LAUNCH OF iHEARTRADIO, MOBILE APPS

Clear Channel Radio EVP and digital president Evan Harrison will leave the company at the end of the year.

Harrison led the launch of Clear Channel’s online radio platform iHeartRadio in early 2008 (read RAIN‘s review here). In October 2008, the iHeartRadio app for iPhones and iPod Touches was released (here) and by the end of the month was the #1 free music app in the Apple App Store (here). iHeartRadio is also available for Android and BlackBerry phones.

In 2009, Clear Channel said 22 million people were tuning in to their online streams and said this online audience added an extra 15% of listenership to some terrestrial stations (RAIN coverage here). By the end of the year, CC said its iHeartRadio mobile apps accounted for 10% of digital listening and expectations were that would double in 2010 (RAIN coverage here).

Harrison joined Clear Channel in 2004, previously serving as VP/GM of AOL Music and AOL Radio. Find more coverage from Radio Ink here.

AUTO TECH EXPERT LANCTOT TO DISCUSS IN-CAR NET RADIO AT RAIN SUMMIT EAST

Roger Lanctot, director of business development for the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, will join us for RAIN Summit East in Washington D.C. He’ll share his insights as part of the “Internet Radio in the Car” panel, which will also include Livio Radio CEO Jake Sigal and RadioTime founder/CEO Bill Moore.

Lanctot has over 20 years of experience in the technology and automotive industries. During his long career he has served as director of business development of iSuppli Corporation, directed business and sales at Telematics Research Group. He also served as director of business development for the NPD Group and was was director of research for PC Data. You can find Lanctot’s full bio and his blog here.

RAIN Summit East is an official co-located event of the RAB/NAB Radio Show. It takes place Tuesday, September 28 in Washington D.C. The Summit will feature a long list of radio experts, from Bonneville president/CEO Bruce Reese to AccuRadio COO John Gehron. More details, and information on how to register, can be found here. We hope to see you there!

NAB DEAL NEEDS TO FIX STREAMING, SAYS B’DCASTER, BECAUSE THAT’S RADIO’S FUTURE

The NAB’s performance royalty proposal has the potential to bring some “sanity” to radio’s “streaming debacle,” and help secure radio’s digital future. That’s according to CEO Art Sutton at Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting, whose remarks were published in Tom Taylor’s Radio-Info newsletter today.

He says the proposal is “really a way for radio to get an affordable and controlled Internet platform and get rid of the burdensome CRB and AFTRA restrictions.” The NAB’s proposal would cut streaming royalty rates by 10% and remove the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) from any arbitration (RAIN coverage here). It would also call for the music industry’s support in making AFTRA-produced spots less expensive to play in online streams.

In 20 years, Sutton predicts 80% of radio’s listening will come via the Internet, making digital gains like those found in the NAB’s proposal essential.

“If we could 100% simulcast our stations’ audio on the Internet, that’s a game changer for terrestrial broadcasters…the reality is the radio industry was asleep when the streaming rates were set…now we have a chance to correct that mistake and provide ourselves a competitive footprint on the Net.”



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