Radio Ink Convergence 2011 is
a digital media conference for traditional and online radio broadcasters and media companies, and is focused on income- and audience-generating strategies. The conference is set for May 18-19, 2011 at the Microsoft Campus in Silicon Valley, CA, immediately following the RadioTech Summit with Judith Gross. Click above to learn more.

Q: I've attended the other broadcast technology conferences. Is the content the same?
A: No. This is not a regular broadcast tech conference. It is a new media conference for radio professionals. It will be exclusively focused on today's essential extensions of  traditional radio into new platforms and technologies. We hold this conference in Silicon Valley to attract great minds from the new media space, to mingle with with seasoned radio technologists for meaningful dialogue, deep learning, and overall industry advancement.

Q: Is this conference only about the future, or can I apply what I learn today?
A: We're already living in the future. Radio has had years of declining revenue, as has all traditional media. Meanwhile, search and online revenues are growing at double-digit rates. Radio must understand that the digital domain is no longer just a sidebar to its revenue strategy. It is becoming critical to radio's survival as an industry. What you learn at the RadioTech Summit will be instantly and positively applicable in your daily work.

Q: I want to bring others on my staff. Do you offer group discounts?
A: Yes. The more people you bring from one enterprise, the lower the price for each attendee. You must phone to receive a discount. Call 561-655-8778, and ask for Tom Elmo.

Q: Will you be serving meals?
A: Continental breakfast will be provided on Day 2, along with a Networking Lounge on the evening of Day 1.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A. We cannot accept cancellations. Substitutions, however, are allowed if submitted by the attendee and approved in writing by Radio Ink's publisher no later than two week prior to the event. No refunds. No exceptions. If you cannot attend, we will offer credit on a future conference.

Q: Who is moderating the event?
A. Radio Ink's Technology Editor Skip Pizzi will moderate the event, and specialists will be brought in to moderate certain panels. Pizzi, a well known author and columnist in the broadcast technology space, is a former Microsoft executive, NPR engineering manager and trainer, and broadcast technology magazine editor, with deep ties to both traditional and new media technologies. His Silicon Valley contacts are myriad, which enables us to bring top players to the table for this conference.

Q: I'm busy. How much time do I need to allocate?
A: We understand -- we are, too, and we know taking several days away for a conference is difficult. As a result, we make sure your time is well spent. Our conferences are fast-paced, no-fluff, and down-to-business. We start the conference in the early afternoon, hold an evening Networking Lounge, and continue the conference the following morning, ending around noon. This means you only need to spend one night out, and only two days away from the office (or less).

Q: What is the attire?
A. This conference is about expansive thinking, so we encourage casual attire.

Q: Who should attend?
This conference is intended for anyone interested in the extension of radio into new platforms and technologies. This includes engineers and senior managers from all forms of radio (on-air, online and satellite), as well as content producers and vendors who work in the audio/radio media space. Click
here for more detail.

Q: I'm an advertiser, should I attend?
Our Internet conference was packed with advertisers who use radio nationally. They attended so they could understand where radio is going. This is especially important to attend if you're a radio advertiser.

Q: Can I receive updates on the conference via social networking sites?
Yes. On Twitter, follow @RadioTechSummit. On Facebook, search for the RadioTech Summit page, and become a fan. On LinkedIn, go to Events and find RadioTech Summit.

Q. Where do I fly in?
The closest airport is San Jose (SJC). San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) are also within reasonable driving distance, however, and flights there may offer lower airfares.  

Q: How far is the Microsoft campus from the Hyatt (host hotel)?

The Microsoft campus is approximately seven miles from the Hyatt. We have arranged with Budget car rentals for a special discount for attendees.

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