RAIN 7th Annual Internet Radio Awards

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The prestigious RAIN Internet Radio Awards continue

for the seventh year!


Winners of the 7th Annual 2016 RAIN Internet Radio Awards will be announced at RAIN Summit Nashville, September 20. Finalists will be chosen in each of the six award categories, by a panel of unaffiliated judges. Webcasters, streaming services, and broadcasters may submit their brands for consideration.

The RAIN Awards ceremony is traditionally the final event of the fall RAIN Summit, which is held in collaboration with the RAB/NAB Radio Show. Each winner receives a commemorative plaque.


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Best Single Stream Webcaster: WINNER – Radio Paradise

This category celebrates the best online only (“pureplay”) webcaster with a single stream of radio content. The landscape for single-stream U.S. webcasters has dramatically changed in 2016, the first year of new royalty rates established by the Copyright Royalty Board. Some small webcasters have ended their stations, but many others remain. RAIN continues to honor the rich musical diversity that independent webcasters add to the listening environment. 

Best Streaming Broadcast Station: WINNER – KOIT 96.5

For the single broadcast station that has executed the best streaming strategy. Judges may consider ways that the station has extended and enhanced its brand through the use of online streaming. Only broadcast stations that stream online are eligible.

Best Podcast: WINNER – Dunkumentaries

For the best spoken word on-demand audio series. The program must originate online, as opposed to a show created for  broadcast radio and archived online — e.g. Serial is eligible, but This American Life is not. Judges may consider originality, production quality, entertainment value, longevity, and presentation.

Best Overall Digital Strategy: WINNER – iHeartRadio

For the broadcast station, broadcast group, or online-only webcaster that has implemented the finest overall digital strategy. Judges may consider mobile, streaming, websites, downloads, video and/or other features. “Online only” services, broadcasters, and streaming broadcast stations are eligible.

Best Audio Startup: WINNER – Otto Radio

This new category is for EARLY-STAGE startups related to audio streaming. Eligible submissions include music discovery apps, social audio platforms, podcast innovations, or any new venture related to streaming audio. This category is intended to expose new innovations; definition of “early stage” and determination of eligibility belong solely to RAIN.

Best Overall Online Radio Service: WINNER – Spotify

For the station/webcaster that provides the best overall online listener experience. Judges may consider programming, technology, popularity of the service, attractiveness of the app (web/mobile), ease of use, operational sustainability, integration of advertising assets (if applicable), and other criteria. Nominated services may be single-channel and multichannel “online only” operations or streaming broadcast stations.

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BEST SINGLE STREAM WEBCASTER:
oWOW Radio (www.owownow.com)

BEST STREAMING BROADCAST STATION:
WEEI Sports Radio Network (www.weei.com)

INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE AUDIO:
Planet Radio City (www.planetradiocity.com)

BEST PODCAST SERIES:
npr Planet Money (www.npr.org/sections/money/)

BEST OVERALL DIGITAL STRATEGY:
PRX (www.prx.org/)

BEST OVERALL ONLINE RADIO SERVICE:
Pandora (www.pandora.com)

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