RAIN Summit Indy 2014



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Clear Channel’s Darren Davis, Many Digital Music Execs to Speak at RAIN Summit Indy in Indianapolis September 9th


11:00 – 11:45


Ad Models With Impact

Ad supported online audio offers a broad range of options – in-stream audio messaging, voice activated ads, geo-fenced and zip code targeted campaigns, branded playlists and sponsored downloads. How can streaming audio services create consensus and make it easy for advertisers to invest with confidence?

Moderator: Robin Flynn, Senior Analyst (SNL Kagan)
Panelists: Brian Benedik, VP – North America Advertising (Spotify); Joanna Bloor, VP Sales Operations (Pandora); Joy Baer, President (STRATA); Mike Dougherty, CEO & Co-Founder (Jelli)

Sponsored by Abacast


11:45 – 11:55

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

Presented by Adrian Larkin, Head of Music and Entertainment (Audioboom)


11:55 – 12:40


Big Data And Streaming Audio

Big data enables highly targeted ad campaigns to registered users, identifies users based on their song preferences, and allows stations to create highly personalized programming options that keep listeners engaged. Hear this panel of experts discuss the advantages and impact that big data offers streaming audio platforms.

Moderator: Brad Hill, VP/ Managing Editor (RAIN Enterprises)

Panelists: Rob Favre, CCO/ GM Data & Measurement (Triton Digital); Jeff Wender Senior VP, Digital (The Nielsen Company); Eric Bieschke, Chief Scientist (Pandora)


12:40 – 1:00


Networking Break

Brought to you by BRSMedia/dot.FM

brs media dot.fm

1:00 – 1:40


Radio: The Original Hyper-local Play

As more and more local ad dollars shift to digital, the opportunity for local radio sales teams to shift focus beyond spots to selling integrated digital marketing solutions is critical. This panel will identify marketing solutions and strategies for turning sales teams into hyperlocal marketing experts for small business partners.

Moderator: Steve Goldstein, Executive VP (Saga Communications)

Panelists: Christine Merritt, Head of Premier SMB Partnerships, Channel Sales North America (Google); Rich Reis, VP/ GM Digital Operations (Cox Media Group); George Leith, VP Sales (VendAsta Technologies); Ruth Presslaff, Founder & President (Presslaff Interactive)



30 Under 30

30 Under 30

Edison Research’s Larry Rosin and RAIN’s Jennifer Lane


1:40 – 2:05


Kurt Hanson’s State of the Industry

RAIN Publisher Kurt Hanson provides perspective on the future of Radio


2:05 – 2:25

Research Presentation

“Share of Ear” Study

Edison Research president Larry Rosin will present new information from its proprietary “Share of Ear” Study.


2:25 – 2:45


Networking Break

Sponsored by Vendasta


2:45 – 2:55




Norm Pattiz, CEO, Podcast One


2:55 – 3:25


Royalty Reset

As the Copyright Royalty Board approaches the 2016-2020 royalty period, and the DOJ reviews compulsory licensing, this important session examines crucial music-licensing questions. Will broadcasters have to pay performance royalties? Will pre-1972 recordings be added to the Copyright Act? Will the ASCAP/BMI consent decrees be changed? Our panel of experts will discuss these issues and their potential impact on the industry.

Moderator: David Oxenford, Partner (Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP)

Panelists: Morvarid Metanat, Corporate Counsel (Pandora); Gary Greenstein, Partner (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati); Casey Rae, VP, Policy & Education (Future of Music Coalition); AJ Correale, Attorney (Frost Brown Todd LLC)


3:25 – 3:55


Keynote Speech by Clear Channel Networks President Darren Davis

3:55 – 4:15


Networking Break

Sponsored by Triton


4:15 – 5:00


EDM: Streaming a New Path to Success

Ryan Farish is an American EDM artist and Grammy nominee whose success had nothing to do with broadcast radio or a major record label. Ryan and a panel of EDM genre experts will discuss the new model of music discovery that digital music services have created, and the unique path to mainstream that electronic dance music has followed.

Moderator: Paul Maloney, VP, Music Programming (AccuRadio)

Panelists: Rusty Hodge, Founder & GM (SomaFM); Ryan Farish, Recording Artist (Ryan Farish Music); Joel Salkowitz, Business Owner (Pulse 87); Adéllyn Polomski, Director, Artist Relations & EDM Initiatives (Clear Channel Media + Entertainment)


5:00 – 5:45


Mobile is the New Black

With more than 70% of all listening taking place on mobile devices, streaming audio is a highly mobile medium. What impact does this have on audience measurement, programming, ad strategies and monetization?

Moderator: Paul Jacobs, VP & General Manager (Jacobs Media)

Panelists: Deborah Esayian, Co-President (Marketron); Jim Kott, SVP, Product (Abacast); George Bundy, Founder & CEO (BRS Media); Gadi Mazor, CEO (Nobex Technologies); Scott Mahalick, EVP Programming (Alpha Media)

5:45 – 6:00

Awards Presentation

RAIN Internet Radio Awards

Presented by Kurt Hanson and Brad Hill

6:00 – 7:00

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception in the Foyer

Sponsored by Abacast



Joy Baer

Brian Benedik
VP/ North America – Advertising

Eric Bieschke
Chief Scientist

Rain Summit Speakers…

Joanna Bloor
VP, Sales Operations

George Bundy
BRS Media
Founder & CEO

AJ Correale
Frost Brown Todd LLC

Darren Davis
Clear Channel Networks

Mike Dougherty
CEO & Co- Founder

Deborah Esayian

Ryan Farish
Ryan Farish Music
Recording Artist

Rob Favre
Triton Digital
CCO/ GM Data & Measurement

Robin Flynn
SNL Kagan
Senior Analyst

Steve Goldstein
Saga Communications
Executive Vice President

Gary Greenstein
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Kurt Hanson
RAIN Enterprises/ AccuRadio

Brad Hill
RAIN Enterprises
VP/Managing Editor

Rusty Hodge
Founder & General Manager

Paul Jacobs
Jacobs Media
Vice President/ General Manager

Jim Kott
SVP, Product 

Jennifer Lane
RAIN Enterprises
President & CEO

Adrian Larkin
Head of Music

George Leith
VendAsta Technologies
VP, Sales

Paul Maloney
VP, Music Programming

Scott Mahalick
Alpha Media
EVP, Programming

Gadi Mazor
Nobex Technologies

Christine Merritt
Head of Premier SMB Partnerships, Channel Sales North America

Morvarid Metanat
Corporate Counsel

David Oxenford
Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP

Adéllyn Polomski
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
Director, Artist Relations and EDM Initiatives

Ruth Presslaff
Presslaff Interactive

Casey Rae
Future of Music Coalition
VP, Policy & Education

Rich Reis
Cox Media Group
VP/ GM Digital Operations

Larry Rosin
Edison Research
Co-Founder & President

Joel Salkowitz
Pulse 87
Business Owner

Jeff Wender
The Nielsen Company
Senior VP, Digital

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