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RAIN 3/31: NPR wins Peabody Award for web site

Posted on: 03/31/2010

NPR DIGITAL CHIEF, KINSEY WILSON, KEYNOTES RAIN SUMMIT WEST APRIL 12

NPR’s website, NPR.org, is being honored by the 69th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards.

According to an NPR press release, the Peabody committee called NPR.org a “model for other organizations… A whole lot of things considered, from ‘South Park’ to North Korea, make this one of the great one-stop websites. And there’s music you can dance to.”

The press release says, “NPR.org underwent a massive redesign in the summer of 2009, is continuously on the forefront of mobile technology – with NPR Mobile Web and top-rated apps for iPhone and Android – and has generously expanded its music offerings through a distinct destination in NPR Music. This award is shared by the entire staff of NPR, led by Vivian Schiller.”

NPR’s Kabul Bureau Chief Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Diane Rehm, host of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, will also receive Peabodys.

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. Wilson oversees NPR’s web, podcasting and mobile operations. RAIN has more on Kinsey Wilson here.

There are still great deals on airfare and (especially) hotel rooms in Las Vegas (more here). RAIN Summit West is April 12, 10am-7pm, at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s an official co-located event of the NAB Show and is Internet radio’s premiere educational and networking gathering.

We have more details on the Summit here, register here then RSVP on Facebook here.

FORBES SPOTLIGHTS MOG MOBILE MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

MOG founder David Hyman unveiled his company’s subscription-driven unlimited music streaming service for smartphones at this month’s SXSW, and he (and the MOG service) gets a short feature in the April 12th Forbes.

“We’ll be able to add what’s on your hard drive to your Web-based library, grab your playlists and combine all of this legacy data in one place, along with new music from your MOG subscription,” Hyman told Forbes. “The streaming service that delivers the best such interoperability should be a big selling point to music junkies.”

Forbes begins the piece with a run-down of Hyman’s “visionary” cred: Voice mail inventor Scott Jones and Stephen Simon, who heads the equity arm of the Simon Family, founders of the largest publicly traded real estate company in the U.S., are MOG investors. Quincy Jones and Jimmy Iovine seek his counsel. And he used to run Gracenote, and “helped expand Gracenote from a tiny metadata venture into the world’s largest database of CD titles and track lists, Sony bought the company for $250 million in 2008.” In the last year he’s brought $15 million in venture backing to MOG.

Read the Forbes piece here. Read RAIN’s previous coverage here.

MiROAMER OPENS EUROPEAN OFFICE; U.S. PRESENCE PLANNED FOR LATER THIS YEAR

MiRoamer has opened a new European office in Bern, Switzerland, and has hired Anton Sommer as the company’s Europe sales manager.

MiRoamer is an Australian company that developed the Internet radio tuning platform used in the Blaupunkt in-car receiver. The company announced its expansion into Asia (see RAIN here) earlier this month. The opening of a USA office is planned for later this year.



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