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RAIN 3/21: RAIN Summit West adds Cox, Soma.fm, Liquid Compass execs

Posted on: 03/21/2011

LESS THAN A MONTH UNTIL RSW IN LAS VEGAS

With RAIN Summit West 2011 now less than a month away, we have a new group of speakers to announce. The new additions — like the entire RAIN Summit West line-up — include familiar names from broadcast radio, online radio and vendor groups. Let’s dive in!

President of Cox Digital Solutions Steve Shaw (pictured left) will join us in Las Vegas on April 11. The seasoned radio sales veteran will appear in our Ad Campaign Showcase panel, joining moderator Robin Flynn from SNL Kagan.

Soma.fm founder, general manager and program director Rusty Hodge (pictured right) will also be at hand in Las Vegas. The lauded webcaster will appear in our panel, “Tuners and Directories: Can listeners find your station?”

Finally, Liquid Compass’ founder and CEO Zackary Lewis (pictured left) will offer his expertise at RAIN Summit West 2011 in our panel about mobile web radio. He’ll be joined by moderator Dan Halyburton and more speakers to be announced soon!

RAIN Summit West 2011’s agenda now includes over two dozen speakers, eight panels and of course a special “fireside” keynote presentation from CBS Radio president/CEO Dan Mason. You can find the Summit’s itinerary and list of speakers here. Tickets to the event are going fast, so please register soon here.

SURVEY HINTS SIRIUS XM PONDERING CUSTOMIZABLE ONLINE RADIO FEATURES

A new survey from Sirius XM asks listeners about their Internet radio preferences, especially regarding Pandora. The survey reportedly quizzes listeners about what they like and dislike about Pandora, what Pandora-like features they would want included in Sirius XM and if they’d pay extra for the new features.

To observer Satellite Radio Playground, the survey shows that Sirius XM “may be looking to expand their Internet radio offerings further…there is certainly excitement in the air.” Read more here.

Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin has leaked a few details about the upcoming 2.0 service, including Pandora-like features (RAIN coverage here and here).

INAUGURAL WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT APRIL 29-30; POLLS CLOSE TODAY FOR INDUSTRY AWARDS

AllAccess and A&R Worldwide will present their first annual Worldwide Radio Summit April 29-30 at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

The event will include the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards, the winners for which will be determined by public vote. In fact, today is the final day of voting. You can view the nominees and in 33 categories and vote here.

With “radio across many platforms” as its stated concept, the WRS has scheduled several platforms addressing new technologies and new media applications of interest to radio, like social networking and “crowd-sourced” programming. See the agenda and register here.

ABI RESEARCH: CLOUD-BASED MUSIC TO REACH MORE THAN 160 MILLION BY 2016

ABI Research estimates that cloud-based music services — currently reaching 5.9 million consumers — will be used by over 160 million by 2016. That means a compound annual growth rate of nearly 95%. By then, cloud-based streaming services will be more popular than owning albums or songs, ABI Research states. Billboard has more coverage here.



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