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RAIN 8/21: Obama appearance draws thousands, may prove a coup for BlogTalkRadio

Posted on: 08/21/2009

WEBCASTER EXPECTS HALF A MILLION WILL EVENTUALLY TUNE IN, REPORTS WALL STREET JOURNAL

President Obama’s appearance on a BlogTalkRadio program Wendesday night was a “coup” for the service, drawing hundreds of thousands of listeners and downloads. Approximately 140,000 listeners tuned in to the program — “40 Minutes for Health Reform” — live, while another 153,000 downloaded the episode as of midday Thursday. BlogTalkRadio expects a total audience of 500,000 in coming days, reports The Wall Street Journal (here). “The service is likely to see their popularity taken to the next level,” said TechCrunch’s MG Siegler (here). “Obama has overnight thrust BlogTalkRadio into the mainstream,” wrote Zennie Abraham, of SFGate (here).

SLACKER CEO STEPS DOWN

Dennis Mudd, CEO of Slacker, has reportedly stepped down according to company investor. Mudd will be leaving to spend more time with his family but will remain on Slacker’s board of directors, said the investor. It is not clear at this time who will replace Mudd, or why he has vacated his position. Find more on the story from Venture Capital Dispatch (a Wall Street Journal blog) here.

CC CONVERTS ONLINE ON-DEMAND MUSIC FEATURE INTO HD RADIO CHANNEL

Clear Channel Radio has launched Stripped Radio, a digital radio channel exclusively featuring live music and artist interviews. The performances will be taken from Clear Channel’s Stripped on-demand series, which has included artists like John Legend, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Green Day and Silversun Pickups. The channel is sponsored by Visa Signature and will be available through iHeartRadio. For more, check out San Antonio Business Journal’s coverage here.

COMPANY TO BUILD CUSTOM RADIO STREAMS FOR RECORD LABELS

recordLABEL Radio, a business-to-business service for record labels and music publishers, will launch later this year. The company will create customized radio streams for labels “that are looking for a place to spotlight their artists in front of a global listening audience.” recordLABEL Radio president Adam Hazell said he plans to program multiple streams for an individual record label, and he intends the streams to be used on label and artist websites, in-store, in-office, and to be exposed to audiences worldwide. For more, find AllAccess’ coverage here (free registration required).

CRIDLAND TO LEAVE THE BBC

Former Digital Media Director of Virgin Radio and member of BBC Future Media and Technology’s Audio and Music team James Cridland announced today on his blog that he is leaving the BBC. “I’m proud to have significantly increased the audio quality of our online streams, played my part in a radio player for the entire radio industry,” he writes. “I’ll be working on www.mediauk.com for a while out of trendy Shoreditch; then exploring a bit of the world’s radio industries, before popping up somewhere new and exciting in the Spring – in radio, naturally. It’s in my blood.” Read the full blog post here.



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