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RAIN 3/19: Pandora, Blip.fm, BIA/Kelsey, Marketron execs sign on to RAIN Summit roster

Posted on: 03/19/2010

CEOs AND TOP SALES EXECS TO APPEAR IN LAS VEGAS FOR RAIN EVENT

Blip.fm founder/CEO Jeff Yasuda and BRS Media CEO George Bundy will join us in Las Vegas on April 12 for RAIN Summit West. They join executives from Pandora, BIA/Kelsey, NPR and Marketron, whose CEO Steven Minsini will offer his insights on the “Making It a Real Business” discussion. Yasuda (pictured right) and Bundy will join in the “Building Brands Online / Building Online Brands” panel.

Pandora VP/Audio Sales Doug Sterne will also join us to discuss sales on the “Improving Online Revenues” panel, while BIA/Kelsey Chief Strategy Officer (and former NAB VP/Research) Rick Ducey (pictured left) will moderate a Summit panel.

This group of speakers joins NPR Digital Media SVP/GM Kinsey Wilson, who will keynote the Summit as RAIN reported earlier (here).

We’re also happy to announce that Edison Research VP/Strategy and Marketing (and RAIN Summit veteran) Tom Webster will moderate the “Building Brands Online / Building Online Brands” panel. Cox Media Group VP/Digital Gregg Lindahl — also a veteran of our Summits — will join us in Las Vegas to moderate a panel. Finally, VP/Katz Online Tom Perry will join Pandora’s Sterne to discuss “Improving Online Revenues.”

We’ll be announcing another round of speakers next week.

RAIN Summit West is a co-located event of the NAB Show in Las Vegas. It starts at 10am on April 12 in the Renaissance Hotel and ends with one of our iconic RAIN Reader Cocktail Parties. More information on the Summit can be found here and you can register today here.

CBS LOOKS TO SUBSCRIPTIONS TO DRIVE LAST.FM TO A PROFITABLE 2010

CBS is planning on a profitable 2010 for Last.fm, according to VP Fred McIntyre. “We’re very bullish on the subscription service…the subscription business drives about a quarter of Last.fm’s revenue,” he said. In fact, he claimed the service has “tens of thousands” of paying subscribers and Last.fm will be rolling out new services soon. Music Ally observes (here), “2010 should prove whether CBS really does have the commitment to its streaming music subsidiary to get it back into the limelight.”

NPR SUPPORTS FCC’S BROADBAND PLAN

NPR has recently come out in support of the FCC’s plan for improving broadband speeds and access across America (RAIN coverage here). NPR’s President and CEO Vivian Schiller said, “Public radio is off and running in pursuit of the ‘robust digital media ecosystem’ the Commission references.

“Our launch of the API, ARGO and applications for mobile devices that ease access to public radio content are reflective of our intentions and ambitions,” she continued. “NPR and its partner stations are eager to work with the Commission, the Congress and others in achieving the expanded public service vision of the National Broadband Plan.” RBR has more on the story here.

REPLACEADS LAUNCHES MOBILE PLATFORM

Internet radio ad network ReplaceAds has launched a mobile advertising platform. The company states that the platform can deliver video, audio and display ads, along with text messages. For more, read ReplaceAds’ press release here.



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