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RAIN 9/8: Triton, TargetSpot execs to lead discussion on Net radio sales at RAIN D.C. Summit

Posted on: 09/08/2010


This year’s RAIN Summit East has such a packed agenda of speakers that it’s taking quite a few days to announce them all! Today we’re presenting the “Monetizing Internet Radio: From the Webcaster’s Perspective” panel. It complements the earlier “From the Advertiser’s Perspective” panel (which we’ll have more details on very soon). You can find the full agenda for RAIN Summit East here.

The panel includes Billy Freund of Triton Media, Andy Lipset of TargetSpot, Les Hollander of Pandora, Dean Mandel of Katz 360 and moderator Deborah Parenti of Radio Ink.

Billy Freund is Executive Vice President with Triton Media Group (pictured left) and has 20 years experience developing, building, and managing sales and marketing operations. He has previously served as Senior Vice President for Westwood One and as a member of Katz Media Group.

Andy Lipset, Co-President of Sales at TargetSpot (pictured right), is an 18-year veteran of media sales and management. He’s served as Director of Sales for AOL Music, VP/Director of Sales for Interep’s D&R Radio and was co-founder and Managing Partner of RL Radio.

Les Hollander, Director of Audio Sales for Pandora (pictured left), is a veteran of the sales departments of CBS Radio and Clear Channel Radio. He spoke at last year’s standing-room-only RAIN Summit East in Philadelphia (RAIN coverage here) and is sure to provide interesting insights into Pandora’s successes.

Katz 360’s Vice President of Sales in New York, Dean Mandel (pictured right), joined Net Radio Sales in 2007 which was then acquired by Katz 360. He has served as Senior Account Executive for TeleRep and currently acts as Co-Chair of the ARF-Audio Streaming Task Force.

The moderator of the panel, Deborah Parenti (pictured left), serves as Radio Ink‘s Vice President/General Manager. Her long career in radio includes becoming the first woman to manage a major station in the market in 1990 in Dayton. Find out more about Parenti’s distinguished career from Radio Ink 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!


MTV’s Urge radio channels will no longer be heard through Verizon’s FiOS TV package, though they will still be available via AT&T’s U-Verse. Interestingly, Urge’s website has only a maintenance message. MTV reportedly “elected not to renew FiOS TV’s distribution of Urge Radio” under Verizon’s new carriage agreement. AllAccess has more coverage here.


Spark Radio, an aggregator of over 24,000 Internet radio streams, has updated its iPhone app with iOS4 multitasking abilities. The app is also available at a discounted price, $1.99, down from their original launch price of $6 (RAIN coverage here). Other new features include the ability to view your song history and station ratings and reviews. Find Spark Radio’s press release here.

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