At RAIN Summit Atlanta yesterday, winners of the 6th Annual 2015 RAIN Internet Radio Awards were announced. Three finalists remained in each of the six award categories, after a panel of 15 unaffiliated judges evaluated audio services, stations, and programs that were submitted by their owners and representatives.
The RAIN Awards ceremony is traditionally the final event of the fall RAIN Summit, which is held in collaboration with the NAB/RAB Radio Show. Each winner receives a commemorative plaque.
Here are the 2015 winners:
Category: Best Single Stream Webcaster. oWOW Radio is an independently owned and operated pureplay, featuring well-known local and former terrestrial radio personalities. oWOW is the creation of John Gorman and Jim Marchyshyn, formerly of WMMS.
Category: Best Streaming Broadcast Station. The WEEI Sports Radio Network won this award two years ago. The station stream achieves 1.1-million listening hours per month, with an average AQH of 3,300.
Category: International Excellence in Online Audio. PlanetRadiocity.com is India’s Largest Web Radio Network of 21 online radio stations spread across genres from film music to regional to international, indie, rock, romantic, fusion and devotional.
Category: Best Podcast Series. In production since 2008, NPR-produced Planet Money explains the economy to listeners, deconstructing how global changes and the mechanics of high finance impact the average person. It won the Dupont Columbia Award.
Category: Best Overall Digital Strategy. In production since 2008, NPR-produced Planet Money explains the economy to listeners, deconstructing how global changes and the mechanics of high finance impact the average person. It won the Dupont Columbia Award.
Category: Best Overall Online Radio Service. Pandora operates its streaming radio service in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Pandora is available through over 1,000 connected devices, including computers, mobile phones, and cars. The backbone of its technology is the Music Genome, which analyzes hundreds of musical attributes in songs.
Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and all nominees in the 2015 RAIN Internet Radio Awards!