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RAIN 4/21: NAB chief Rehr pushes radio, streaming in keynote address

Posted on: 04/21/2009

PRAISES ROYALTY DEAL WITH SX, RECOMMENDS EXPANDING TO MOBILE DEVICES

NAB chief David Rehr’s primary objective in his convention keynote yesterday was “reminding everyone that radio has a great impact on people’s lives.” It’s part of a campaign Rehr calls “Radio 2020,” a 12-year campaign to clear up any misperceptions about the state of the radio industry, reports Tom Taylor. He also addressed streaming, the other “way of bringing radio to the listeners,” and praised the streaming royalty deal with SoundExchange. “We must continue to push more receivers into the marketplace,” especially on mobile devices, he recommended.

RAIN SUMMIT FILLED WITH SOLD-OUT CROWDS, LIVELY DISCUSSIONS

The RAIN Internet Radio Summit 2009 yesterday was very well-received by attendees. Sold-out crowds heard lively and fascinating discussions, as well as wonderful keynote presentations by CBS Radio’s David Goodman and Pandora’s Joe Kennedy. Ando Media’s Robert Maccini, Edison’s Tom Webster, and Jacobs Media’s Paul Jacobs gave informative research presentations to standing-room-only crowds.

We’ll have more details on the Summit soon, so be sure to check back to RAIN!

DORA MERGES PANDORA, TWITTER

A new service called Dora allows Pandora users to post the song they’re listening to on social networking site Twitter. Dora uses Bit.ly URL shortening technology. Users launch Dora, then listen to Pandora as normal. When a song comes along they’d like to share with friends, they pull up the Dora overlay and off they go. Web2Journal has an in-depth look at the pros and cons of the service here.

REBRAUN WI-FI MUSIC CENTER THRIFTILY PRICED AT $15,000

ReBraun’s new Wi-Fi music center, modeled after the “absolutely stunning” 1962 Audio 1 Kompaktanlage, can be yours for only $15,561. Seriously. The device features two LCD displays and accesses Internet radio through its Wi-Fi connection. For more, read Engadget’s coverage here.

ALDAV SUES BROADCASTERS OVER PATENT INFRINGEMENT

Patent licensing company Aldav LLC has sued radio broadcasters Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus, Citadel Broadcasting, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications, Saga Communications, Cox Radio, Univision Communications and other for, according to Aldav, infringing on their ad delivery patent. Aldav claims the broadcasters are infringing on their technology, patented in June 2003, that replaces advertisements in online streams. For more, read Radio Online here.



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