The stage is set for RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas on Sunday April 15th to be one of the best RAIN Summits ever. This year’s event will take place at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, which is adjacent to and attached to the LV Convention Center. RAIN Summit Las Vegas is an education partner of the NAB Show.
The program is a good one – designed to examine and discuss many aspects of the Internet radio and digital audio marketplace from a business perspective. Panel discussions will focus on programming, revenue and planning strategies in a format that allows competitive businesses to sit together on stage to discuss, agree and disagree while sharing ideas with the audience.
The day will feature a keynote speech by Traug Keller, SVP at ESPN Audio, one of the most successful digital audio platforms. Under Keller’s leadership, ESPNRadio.com became the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than three million unique users per month. His insights are sure to be informative. There’s a long list of other interesting panelists, and at the risk of leaving someone off the list, here are a few names: David Carson, US Copyright Office; Jim Cady, Slacker; Jon Mitchell, Spotify; Jim Lucchese, The Echo Nest; Tim Murphy, Entercom; Steve Jones, ABC News; Steven Kritzman, Pandora; Sandhi Kozsuch, Cox; Michael Robertson, mp3Tunes; Larry Rosin, Edison Research. And lots of other smart folks.
Did you read that list? Hopefully you noticed the best thing about it – that RAIN Summits is a discussion that includes every side of the Internet radio conversation. From streaming broadcasters to online only platforms, straight up simulcasts to on-demand and personalized services, it’s all part of the discussion at this event. Lots of smart talk, dynamic agreement and disagreement. That’s how an industry evolves.
A new feature this year at RAIN Summits will be POVs – short talks by industry leaders on the same topic. This year the topic is “Redefining Radio” and we’re looking forward to hearing what Triton CEO Neal Schore and Liquid Compass CEO Zackary Lewis, among others, have to say on the topic. We’re still looking for a third POV speaker, so if you have an idea of who you would like to hear from, let me know.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already made plans to attend, now’s the time. The complete agenda and growing speaker list for RAIN Summit West is available here, and right now you can register for $99 including lunch and cocktails, and all registrants can save $100 on an NAB registration and get a free exhibit floor pass as well.
RAIN Summits are the best educational and networking events for our industry – providing a full day of programming and plenty of opportunities to meet people. I hope I’ll see you there!