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Conversation with Ryan Farish: New paths to music success

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by Brad Hill

Ryan Farish is an electronic-music composer and producer, a pioneer of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre which is surging in popularity, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. He coined the defining sub-genre of his music as Positive Chillout, a category now in use by other musicians.

Farish will be featured onstage at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9 in Indianapolis, in a panel titled "EDM: Streaming a New Path to Success." In anticipation, RAIN spoke with Ryan Farish by phone, asking about how his star career unfolded without the traditional leverage of broadcast radio or a major-label deal.

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Pureplay of the Day: Smooth Jazz Chicago

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On April 30, 2012, Rick O'Dell was fed up. WLFM in Chicago switched away from the Smooth Jazz format (to Alt Rock), leaving the city's terrestrial listeners without a station for that shiny genre. It had happened before, in 2009, when Clear Channel's WNUA abandoned Smooth Jazz for Spanish-language programming. O'Dell saw an opportunity, and started a localized Smooth Jazz Internet-only station.

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adStream: Spotting a Pandora “Promoted Station”

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adStream is a journal of ad-stalking and interesting commercial sightings in online audio services. In Pandora, Promoted Stations are sponsored playlists branded by advertisers, and co-created with Pandora's curation experts. The program launched in May with several advertising partners, but the sponsored stations are difficult to find. We found one.

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iHeartRadio adds Grupo ACIR stations and takes over digital ad repping

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Clear Channel announced today that iHeartRadio is adding the 55 Mexican radio stations of Grupo ACIR to the streaming platform. The cluster will be folded into the iHeartRadio Hispanic Network. The emphasis is on U.S. exposure to the Mexico-based programming. As part of the distribution deal, Clear Channel will take over as digital sales provider.

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Pandora Earnings: Steady audience metrics disappoint investors

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Pandora's workmanlike earnings call conveyed the impression of offhand dominance in the field, but after-hours investors sent the stock careening down a steep slope, off 12% in early evening trading.

The company met financial expectations, but lowered guidance for the current quarter (Jul - Sep). Perhaps more influential to trigger-happy investors were the audience metrics, which showed no audience growth. There was expansion of listening hours, however, emphasized by CEO Brian McAndrews as the more important key in the revenue equation.

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Townsquare Media completes IPO

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Townsquare Media launched as a public company today, pricing its offering at $11. (NYSE ticker: TSQ) Townsquare is the 3rd-largest radio-station holding company in the U.S., with 312 local stations. An eager digital adopter, Townsquare maintains 325 local websites, and has grown its webcast listenership 43% in the past year.

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