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RAIN 7/15: Join us tomorrow for RAIN Summit Midwest at the Conclave

Posted on: 07/15/2011

SUMMIT, FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER LEE ABRAMS, BEGINS AT 1:30PM TOMORROW

Tomorrow our RAIN Summit Midwest conference will take place in Minneapolis during the Conclave. Among many speakers and panelists, the Summit will feature keynote speaker and radio legend Lee Abrams (pictured below). The former Chief Innovation Officer for the Tribune Company will discuss “how to compete in 2011 and beyond.”

If you’re attending the Conclave, we hope you’ll join us Saturday starting at 1:30pm. RAIN Summit Midwest will be located in Terrace 1 and 2. More information about the Conclave can be found here.

RAIN Summit Midwest will also include RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson‘s State of the Industry Address and a variety of panels:

Our panel on developing new programming (“Creating Compelling Programming”) will feature Dan Halyburton of McVay New Media, Sal Amato of 1Club.fm and Paul Maloney of AccuRadio (and editor of RAIN).

The discussion on “Promotions, Features and Apps” will include Sean Barnard of Totally Interactive Weather, Frank Neill of RealTime Media and Andy Whatley of MediaSpan.

Finally, Michael Dal Fonzo of Abacast, Keith Hodkinson of Seneca County Radio and Tim Hall of Radio One Cleveland/Columbus will also join us for a panel on the topic of monetizing your online audience.

RAIN Summit Midwest will conclude with one of our memorable RAIN Reader Cocktail Parties at the Westwood One Bar & Grill (a/k/a Dover Bar & Grill). We’ll provide the apps (by which we mean appetizers!).

RAIN Summit Midwest sponsors include AllAccess, knowDigital, Abacast, Liquid Compass, Live365, and TuneIn Radio.

We hope to see you Saturday!

(If you can’t make it out to the Conclave, we hope you’ll be able to attend RAIN Summit Chicago in September during the NAB/RAB Radio Show! You can find out more about that Summit, which will feature keynote speaker Tim Westergren, right here.)

WRXP’s ALT ROCK FORMAT, LIKE CHICAGO’S Q101, TO LIVE ON AS WEBCAST

Like Chicago’s WKQX (“Q101”), the alternative rock format from New York’s WRXP (101.9 FM) will continue as an online webcast as the broadcast station transitions to news programming under Merlin Media. WRXP’s website today reads, “101.9 RXP may no longer be on your radio but we’re still rockin’ our stream at 1019rxp.com” (find it here). All Access has more coverage here.

Yesterday we reported that WKQX’s alternative format, “Q101,” would continue as an online-only webcast. Find our coverage here and find an update to the story further down in today’s issue.

UMG SIDESTEPS COLLECTION SOCIETIES, LICENSES DIRECTLY WITH LAST.FM

Billboard reports that Universal Music Group will license directly to CBS Interactive’s Last.fm “for all of its tiers of service on a worldwide basis,” according to a UMG spokesperson.

“The new deal will replace Last.fm’s previous arrangement,” writes Billboard, “whereby rights were licensed through a combination of direct deals with the music major, as well as through [the UK’s] PPL and other collection societies.”

Billboard continues, “The news follows the announcement earlier this year that EMI Music Publishing would license performing rights for its EMI April Music catalog direct to digital music service providers in the U.S. That move was seen by some as part of a wider shift away from collective licensing in the digital sphere.”

You can find RAIN coverage on that story, plus analysis from industry attorney David Oxenford, here.

UMG’s latest deal with Last.fm will only add further fuel to the fire,” writes Billboard (here).

L.A. TIMES: FORLEAN-BACKEXPERIENCE, SPOTIFY NO MATCH FOR NET RADIO

The L.A. Times reviewed Spotify’s newly-launched U.S. service, finding it to be “simply the best free music service out there today,” but noting that you have to put “a bit of effort into entertaining yourself.”

The review continues, “There’s no radio feature” (though there technically should be, as we noted yesterday). “If you’re a purely lean-back kind of listener, Spotify is no match for Tunrtable.fm or a personalized online radio service such as Slacker or Pandora.” Read the full review here.

Q101 BUYER REACHING OUT TO JOCKS, CONTENT PROVIDERS FOR ONLINE-ONLY VENTURE

Chicago’s Broadcast Barter Radio Networks (here) has reportedly purchased Q101, its intellectual property, social media assets and website, according to Chicago Radio and Media. BBRN plans to make Q101 a “current alt-rock online radio station,” with local programming and some level of input from listeners.

Q101 was the alternative rock brand of Chicago’s WKQX, which was acquired by Merlin Media and is being flipped to news programming. Yesterday the Q101 website posted an announcement that it would continue as an online webcast (RAIN coverage here). When we tried listening to Q101’s online stream this morning, no content was playing.

Chicago Radio and Media also reports that BBRN is “reaching out to Q101 jocks (both past and present), its longtime partners, vendors, clients, along with any and all content providers eager to be seen and heard on this platform.” Read more on the story here.



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