James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Next Radio speakers announced; and learning radio’s future from NPR

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Several speakers announced for the Next Radio conference. What radio can learn from NPR. Much more from around the radio and audio world. Continue Reading


Sony aims to pay artists/labels for Spotify stock sale by August

Sony has made yet another move toward transparency in how it is distributing the proceeds from its sale of Spotify stock. Sony Music Entertainment has informed indie labels by email that it intends to make payments to eligible artists and participants as soon as possible. There is one interesting and revealing point. Continue Reading


audioBoom secures international ad deals, Formula One show, and Spotify revenue-sharing

audioBoom has followed up its latest financing round with a series of international agreements. The on-demand podcast company inked sales deals with DAX in the UK, The Podcast Exchange in Canada, and Placard Media in Australia and New Zealand. The new partners will be responsible for selling ad inventory for audioBoom’s show roster. Continue Reading


iHeartRadio promotes digital programming exec

iHeartMedia has promoted Kavi Halemane to the role of executive vice president and general manager of digital programming for iHeartRadio. In this position, Halemane will be responsible for overseeing iHeartRadio’s strategy/operations for original digital music station programming, on-demand subscription playlist and free playlist radio curation, and podcast programming. Continue Reading


SXWorks adds more ways for publishers and songwriters to claim their works

SXWorks, a SoundExchange subsidiary, announced two new services to broaden its capabilities in searching and claiming address unknown Notice of Intention to Use filings. The new NOI Premium Services offers more paths for publishers and songwriters to claim unpaid mechanical royalties from digital service providers. This service includes Works Claiming and Recordation. Continue Reading


Webcast listening inches up in March; Spotify holds slight lead

Spotify held its slight lead over Pandora in March stream listening, an advantage established in January after three years of chasing. Aside from that metrics rivalry, the Top 20 group in Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics report gained one percent in overall listening compared to February. PLUS — a little bit of smart speaker reporting. Continue Reading