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RAIN 1/12: Radio vet Gehron revitalized by Internet radio's potential

Posted on: 01/12/2010

INTERNET RADIO HAS BEEN UNLEASHED,’ GEHRON TELLS RAMSEY

Industry researcher and consultant Mark Ramsey spoke with radio vet and AccuRadio consultant John Gehron recently about his decision to to get involved with the company and his thoughts on the state and future of Internet radio.

Gehron told Ramsey he decided to get involved in the industry after royalty issues were resolved (at least for now) and the “unbelievable” growth in distribution methods for Internet radio via mobile phones and even automobile dashboards. “Internet radio has been unleashed!” he told Ramsey.

In discussing AccuRadio specifically, Gehron focused on two main avenues for growth. First, he plans to use his experience and skills in attracting investment to fund proposed projects that will make AccuRadio easier to use, promote the service to more potential listeners, and even further improve the quality of the product as it exists now. Secondly, he points to his belief in the ad-based revenue model and the improvements AndoMedia continues to make — allowing the webcaster to know exactly how many listeners are tuned in and where they are, which “will justify what we’re asking from advertisers.”

AccuRadio founder and CEO Kurt Hanson is the publisher of this newsletter. Listen to Ramsey’s full interview with Gehron at his Hear 2.0 blog here.

JELLI GETS THE WEEKNIGHTS SLOT ON LIVE 105

CBS Radio’s KITS-FM (Live 105)/San Francisco has expanded its “crowd-sourced” radio programming, using the Jelli platform, by 20 hours a week. Jelli will now be heard on the station weekday evenings 8pm-12M. KITS was the first broadcaster to use Jelli’s platform, which allows listeners to alter the programming by voting as well as interact via a web interface. Called the “Live 105 Free for All,” the Jelli-based weeknight programming began yesterday.

SONY UNVEILS CHUMBY-LOVINGDASH

We’re still sorting through the mass of Internet radio-related gadgets that came out of CES last week, but one of the more peculiar new devices is the Sony Dash: a “personal internet viewer” that runs Chumby apps. The Chumby (RAIN coverage here) is essentially a bean-bag with a screen, Wi-Fi and speakers (though other manifestations exist, see here and here).

Those speakers are handy when streaming Internet radio via apps like Pandora, which Sony’s Dash can apparently run as well. The device can multitask (eat that, iPhone) and different profiles can be created (for each member of your family, for instance). It comes to stores in April for $200. Financial Times has more coverage here. Chumby announced back in August of 2009 that its software would be ported to other devices (RAIN coverage here).



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