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RAIN 3/8: NPR digital chief Kinsey Wilson to keynote RAIN Summit West

Posted on: 03/08/2010

AWARD-WINNING DIGITAL MEDIA VETERAN WILL SPEAK IN LAS VEGAS, APRIL 12

RAIN is delighted to announce that Kinsey Wilson, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of NPR Digital Media, will present the keynote address at the RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas April 12.

Before joining NPR in 2008, Wilson was executive editor of USA Today where he helped merge the print and online staffs and oversaw the award-winning redesign of the paper’s website. Wilson is also a past president of the Online News Association (2007). He now oversees NPR’s web, podcasting and mobile operations, which were recently praised by ex-BBC Internet radio expert James Cridland (RAIN coverage here). Wilson’s full biography can be found from NPR here.

Wilson joins other speakers — including top Canadian market researcher Jeff Vidler of Vision Critical and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson — who will present at the RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas. The event takes place on April 12 in the Renaissance Hotel and is an official co-located event of the NAB Show (meaning that RAIN Summit registrants will receive access to the 2010 NAB Show exhibits). The day will feature a line-up of engaging panels, insightful speakers and one of our signature RAIN Cocktail Parties to close out the evening. Find out more about RAIN Summit West here or register now to attend here.

NYT: ANALYST PREDICTS PANDORA WILL EARN $100M IN 2010; INVESTORS SAY COMPANY COULD GO PUBLIC

According to The New York Times, a digital media analyst at William Blair predicts Pandora will earn $100 million in 2010 — double their $50 million revenue from 2009 (RAIN coverage here). Additionally, investment bankers are not only “courting” company founder Tim Westergren, but say Pandora could go public.

Those insights come from a feature article on Pandora published today in The New York Times and featured on the newspaper’s homepage. The article also reports that Pandora’s 48 million users tune in for an average 11.6 hours a month. Overall, the feature follows Pandora through its history — including some dark days when Westergren “considered a company trip to Reno to gamble for more money” — and looks to a future where car drivers “will be able to say, ‘Launch my Lady Gaga station’ to play their personalized station.” Find the full article here.

RAIN ANALYSIS: As per usual, journalists are not good at math: If Pandora actually had 48 million users tuning in an average of 11.6 hours a month, as the writer says, they’d have an AQH (a/k/a AAS, Mon-Sun 6a-12m) of almost 1,000,000 listeners. According to Webcast Metrics, Pandora’s current AQH is 257,000. (Likely explanation: The “48 million” number is probably total registered users ever, not monthly uniques).

That nerdy math quibble aside, Pandora is an amazing success story. If you’re able to join us for the RAIN Summit North at Canadian Music Week this Friday, don’t miss our keynote speech from Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy! — KH

BBC STUDY: 4 OUT 5 BELIEVE INTERNET IS “A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT

The results of a study conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC show that nearly four out of five people believe that access to the Internet is “a fundamental right.” 27,000 people from 26 countries were polled. “The Internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created,” said Dr. Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He said it must be regarded “as basic infrastructure — just like roads, waste and water.” The BBC has more on the study here.



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