RAIN 8/1: Sporting News Radio is now Yahoo! Sports Radio
YAHOO’S ONLINE SERVICES AND RADIO NETWORK WILL SHARE CONTENT AND PERSONALITIESSporting News Radio has re-branded as Yahoo Sports Radio as a result of a new partnership between Internet giant Yahoo! and Gow Broadcasting, LLC.
The new sports radio network is now live and you can hear it as an online stream here. The content is also available through 180 affiliate AM/FM stations and via Sirius satellite radio. Broadcast radio affliates include WFAN in New York, WSCR in Chicago and KBWF in San Francisco. Find a full listing here.
Yahoo Sports Radio will combine popular shows (like the Steve Czaban show or the Tim Brando show) with Yahoo! Sports experts while also adding new shows like ‘Fantasy Freaks.’ The partnership allows content from the radio shows to be featured on Yahoo! Sports and vice versa.
For more on the story, find the companies’ press release here.
INTERNET RADIO AWARDS SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAYIf you realized this morning you missed yesterday’s originally-published deadline for entries in the RAIN Internet Radio Awards, you’re in luck. We’ve decided to extend the entry deadline to 11:59pm CDT this Sunday, August 7.
Broadcasters and webcasters can enter the competition (here) for awards in four categories: Best Overall Online Radio Service, Best Streaming Broadcast Station, Best Single-Channel Webcaster, and Best Overall Digital Strategy. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and we’ll present the awards to winners at RAIN Summit Chicago (for which you can register here) on September 13th, immediately preceding the RAB/NAB Radio Show.
Get more info, see last year’s winners, and register here. The RAIN Internet Radio Awards are presented in conjunction with Triton Digital, AccuRadio, and Audio4Cast.
SOUNDEXCHANGE ELEVATES RUSHING TO GENERAL COUNSEL POSTSoundExchange last week announced Colin Rushing as its new General Counsel. Rushing, who’s served as a Senior Counsel at the organization, takes over for Michael Huppe in the role, who’s now President (who, in turn, took the top post when John Simson departed in February).
SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties to copyright owners and performers for the use of their sound recordings in digital media, such as Internet radio. The organization credits Rushing as “instrumental to the negotiations surrounding the 2009 Webcaster Settlement Act.” [RAIN’s coverage is here.]
“In his role as Senior Counsel of Licensing and Enforcement, Rushing oversaw legal proceedings, royalty rate settings, and the regulatory and legal issues necessary for SoundExchange’s daily operations,” SoundExchange says. “Since 2009, he has been developing an enforcement program for the 1,400 music services who rely on the statutory license for sound recordings.”
Read SoundExchange’s press release here.
NIELSEN: ANDROID TOP MOBILE PLATFORM IN U.S., APPLE TOP MANUFACTURERNew data from Nielsen shows that Android is the dominant mobile operating system in the U.S., but Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer (see the full chart below).
Though Nielsen says Android controls 39% of the smartphone market (compared to Apple’s 28%), Wired wonders why iPod Touches and iPads — both of which run on the Apple’s iOS operating system like the iPhone — were left out of the analysis.
In fact, Wired says leaving such devices out results in a “skewed representation of total platform penetration…It would be a fairer analysis to count all the tablets, smartphones, and all-in-one portables (i.e., the iPod Touch) powered by Android and iOS and comparing those side by side.”
Using several bits of anecdotal evidence, Wired hints that if all of Apple’s mobile devices were included, iOS would probably be the dominant mobile operating system. Find Wired‘s coverage here.
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