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Edison reveals new “Share of Ear” metrics at RAIN Summit Indy

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In a special presentation at RAIN Summit Indy on Tuesday, Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research, broke out new statistics from the “Share of Ear” study conducted earlier this year, and initially summarized in June. Attempting to quantify how American adults listened to audio from all sources, Share of Ear attributed 11.6% of listening to Internet Radio — in the study context, that meant both non-interactive services like Pandora, and interactive services like Spotify. In the RAIN Summit presentation, Larry Rosin unpacked that metric to illuminate more detailed findings. Continue Reading

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2014 RAIN Awards: Here are the winners

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The 5th Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards concluded yesterday at RAIN Summit Indy, when the final winners were announced by RAIN News founding editor Kurt Hanson and managing editor Brad Hill. The RAIN Awards honor excellence in five categories, covering pureplay streaming, broadcast webcasting, international excellence, digital strategy, and the best overall online radio service. Continue Reading

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Growing Radio’s Digital Share Is The Answer

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In this guest column, RAIN Enterprises CEO Jennifer Lane explains why it’s crucial to focus on digital platforms. Core spot revenue is still important to the industry, but recent news developments indicate that broadcasters would be well served to be aggressive in growing their share of the digital pie. Continue Reading

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RAIN Awards: Semifinalists for “Best Overall Online Radio Service”

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We continue to reveal semifinalists in the Fifth Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards. Today we are pleased to announce the 10 advancing nominees in the “Best Overall Online Radio Service” category. The single winners of all five categories will be revealed and honored at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9, in Indianapolis. Continue Reading

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Vital copyright focus at RAIN Summit Indy

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“The Summer of Copyright.” We’ve been using that phrase recently, borrowed from broadcast attorney David Oxenford and his series of guest articles about this tumultuous year in copyright. Will the system of music royalties be rebooted when the Copyright Royalty Board establishes new rates? Will the decades-old “Consent Decrees” which govern how publishers and songwriters receive royalties be upheld or stricken down? Will pre-1972 music receive the copyright protection it has never had? What about terrestrial radio paying performance royalties for the first time in history — will it happen, and should it? Continue Reading

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RAIN Awards: Semifinalists for “International Excellence in Online Audio”

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As we continue to reveal semifinalists in the Fifth Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, today we are pleased to announce five non-U.S. music services in the “International Excellence in Online Audio” category. The single winners of all five categories will be revealed and honored at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9, in Indianapolis. Continue Reading

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RAIN Awards: Semifinalists for “Best Streaming Broadcast Station”

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Continuing the rollout of semifinalists in the Fifth Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, today we are pleased to announce the six webcasts moving into the semifinal round of the Streaming Broadcast Station category. The single winners of all five categories will be revealed and honored at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9, in Indianapolis. Continue Reading

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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. Continue Reading

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A Smart Approach to Revenue Growth

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by Jennifer Lane

RAIN CEO Jennifer lane looks at SmartReach Digital, a full-service digital agency formed by Entercom, one of the largest broadcasters in the U.S., and staffed with a team of experienced digital marketers. The idea is new and innovative to radio, but one that has taken hold with newspapers, tv, and other locally driven media outlets. Continue Reading

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Focus on advertising models at RAIN Summit Indy

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In-stream advertising has taken leaps forward in the last year, both in technology and advertiser demand. There are in-stream audio messaging, voice activated ads, geo-fenced and zip code targeted campaigns, branded playlists and sponsored downloads. These innovations, and questions of building ad models that encourage asdvertisers to invest with confidence, will be placed in a bright spotlight at RAIN Summit Indy, September 9 at the Indiana Convention Center. Continue Reading