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Radio Meets in Secret Today To Discuss The Future of Digital


We've been writing a lot about how radio is struggling with what to do with ad-insertion and streaming. Today, many radio big hitters are gathering to hash out some of their questions, listen to presentations and debate streaming strategies. The only problem...nobody is being told about the meeting.

It's an all day event starting at 7:45. But, while Radio Show attendees are attending pre-promoted and well-choreographed panels and Super Sessions, the real issue of radio's future is being debated quietly. The group, minus anyone from Clear Channel or Cumulus, will be meeting in the Rosetta Room at the Hilton Anatole to discuss "The Future of Digital Radio.

This is not a session or panel located on either the NAB or RAB Radio Show agenda websites but certainly looks like it would draw a nice crowd and useful ideas if it were. It's called "The Digital Working Group" and here's their full agenda and who's slated to attend.

There have been no press releases sent to Radio Ink regarding this meeting or agenda.

7:45AM                Coffee/Continental Breakfast
8AM                     Welcome/Days Agenda
810-835                Research: Magid, Brent Magid and Natalie Clayton
835-920                TuneIn Presentation John Donham 
920-950                Streaming Discussion/Action Items
950-10                  Break
10-1025                Research: Jacobs Media, Fred Jacobs
1025-1045            Personalized Music Raditaz, Tom Brophy
1045-1105            Personalized Music Senzari, Bill Hajjar
 1105-1125            Personalized Music Songza, Elias Roman by Phone 
1125-1150            Research: ComScore, Christy Brinnehl 
1150-1220            Lunch Break
1220-115              Digital Radio Panel: Jeff Smulyan (FM Chip), Bob Struble and Paul Brenner, Rick Cummings
105-130                Kelly Cole, EVP NAB, Music Licensing Fees and Legislation 
130-155                Erica Farber, CEO RAB, ways in which the RAB will support and promote the various formats and strategies of streaming advertising. 
155-220                Research Coleman Insights, Sam Milkman
220-230                Break
230-255                Research Smith Geiger, Mark Toney
2:55-3:15              Personalized Music: Social Radio, Carl Magnuson 
3:15-3:35              Personalized Music: AccuRadio, Kurt Hanson and John Gehron
335-4                   Research Edison, Larry Rosin
4-5                       Research and Personalized Music Discussion, Decisions, and Other Agenda Items
5                          Adjourn

Here is a list of attendees planning to attend the meeting today.
         Caroline Beasley, EVP/CFO
         Mike Cooney, VP/CTO
         Kathleen Bricketto, VP Interactive
         Kimberly Sonneborn, VP Digital Design
         Jeff Simpson, President/CEO
         Mike Dowdle, VP Business Affairs/General Counsel

         Kim Guthrie, SVP Radio
         Rich Reiss, VP Digital Operations
         Leon Levitt, VP Strategy
         Dave Siegler, VP Tech Operations
         Alan Segal, Senior Director, Strategy
         Sandhi Kozsuch, Senior Director, Strategy
         Rick Cummings, President, Programming
         Angie May-Cook, VP of Digital
         Jimmy Steal, VP of Programming
         Bruce Walden, VP Sales
         Chase Rupe, VP Programming
         Deb Esayian, Co-President Emmis Interactive #Lunch#
         Tim Murphy, VP Digital Strategy
-         Amy Van Hook, Director Digital Operations
-         John Dille, President/CEO
         James Derby, CSO
Greater Media
         Buzz Knight, VP of Programming
         Jennifer Williams, Interactive Marketing Director
         Bruce Reese, CEO
         Dave Bestler, EVP/CFO
         Greg Solk, SVP
         Mark Preston, VP Digital Media
        Michael Gay, VP of Digital - PHONE
         Don Benson, CEO
         John Dimick, SVP Programming
         Tom Jackson, Manager of Digital - PHONE
Radio One
         Dan Shelley, General Manager, Digital
         Steve Goldstein, EVP
         Warren Lada, EVP
         Dave Santrella, President
         Rodney Whitaker, Director of Digital

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