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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/Day’s 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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