I’m in Chicago preparing for tomorrow’s sold out RAIN Summit at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. I’m really excited about this event. The agenda is great – it features Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora, as the keynote speaker. Pandora is setting the standard in the industry in terms of growing its audience and revenues and Kurt Hanson and I are delighted that Tim accepted our invitation to share thoughts with the industry.
That’s what RAIN Summits are all about. Sharing thoughts and ideas, challenging the industry to think and innovate.
Tomorrow’s event will also feature Slacker CEO Jim Cady. It’s Cady’s – and Slacker’s – first time accepting our invitation and we’re thrilled to have him. He’ll join Airkast CEO Larry Leung and Livio Radio CEO Jake Sigal to discuss successful mobile streaming. Slacker was the early one in that game, in fact they used to sell dedicated hardware that enabled mobile streaming long before iPhones.
We have lots of innovative broadcasters on the agenda as well – iHeartradio, Fox News Radio, Radio One, and Merlin Broadcasting will all share their thoughts on successful online initiatives for broadcasters with the audience.
Almost 20 companies are supporting the event with sponsorships. Led by Triton Digital as platinum sponsor, the list includes Liquid Compass, Targetspot, KnowDigital, Abacast, Tunein, dot.FM, Mofuse, Listener Driven Radio, The Media Audit, Arbitron and many more.
This year’s event will also feature the 2nd Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards to recognize and encourage excellence in our industry. They are sponsored by Triton Digital as well.
In the 9 years that we’ve been hosting RAIN Summits they have expanded from meet and greet happy hours to major industry events. We’re partners of the NAB Show in the spring and The Radio Show in the fall, something that we know has expanded our audience base and we think has also expanded the offerings of those organizations.
For the second year, our fall event is sold out. I think that symbolizes the energy that surrounds our industry right now. I’m proud to be a part of it..