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RAIN 2/9: RAIN Summit West adds speakers from Pandora, Clear Channel and more

Posted on: 02/09/2011


Today we’re excited to officially announce more speakers who join us at RAIN Summit West 2011 on April 11 in Las Vegas. The Summit will feature executives from Clear Channel, Pandora, Stitcher, Wolfgang’s Vault, CBS Radio and other leading companies.

Pandora’s VP of Automotive Business Development George Lynch (pictured upper left) will join Clear Channel Executive VP Jeff Littlejohn (pictured below left) for a discussion on in-car Internet radio.

On the topic of programming, Wolfgang’s Vault president/COO Eric Johnson (pictured above right) will speak about using social media and other digital tools to captivate your audience. Then Noah Shanok (pictured below right), Founder and CEO of Stitcher, will discuss the possibilities of using personalities as great programming.

Clear Channel’s VP of integrated media in Los Angeles (and recipient of last year’s RAINmaker Award, more coverage here) Michele Laven will appear at RAIN Summit West to discuss ad revenues and monetization.

RAIN Summit West will also include a discussion of the legal issues facing webcasters in 2011. That panel will include David Oxenford, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine and a frequent source in the pages of RAIN. AccuRadio COO John Gehron will also speak at the Summit.

And don’t forget that RAIN Summit West will be keynoted by CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason. He’ll deliver a unique “fireside chat” keynote presentation with RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson.

We’ll announce plenty more speakers over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

RAIN Summit West is the premiere learning, sharing, and networking event of the year for Internet radio — and this year’s Summit is shaping up to be our best ever! It takes place on April 11 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show. You can find out more — and register to attend — right here. We hope to see you there!


SiriusXM reportedly plans to base its next generation of in-car, portable, and home audio receivers on Google’s Android operating system, which is used in popular mobile devices like the HTC Nexus One and Motorola’s Droid. The software will be produced by Seattle-based Teleca.

Android’s open API “allows SiriusXM and third-party developers to quickly build out new products,” said Teleca USA president John Trobough in a press release.

Teleca CTO Andrew Till told news source TWICE, “in general, one would expect Android to be delivered with a touch screen as this is core to the platform design… As part of the platform we are creating for SiriusXM, if they wanted to make the service available via smartphones [and multimedia tablets] over Wi-Fi and cellular, then this would be possible.”

Read more from TWICE here.


Not only did smartphones outsell PCs for the first time in Q4 2010, but smartphone sales grew 87.9% year-over-year. That’s according to a new report from the IDC. The figures should remove “any lingering doubt that the smartphone is the new personal computer,” writes Engadget. They have more coverage here.

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