RadioTech Summit 2011 Speaker Biographies
Bob Band of Harris Corp. has been a specialist in digital audio networking for 20 years. Formerly with Intraplex, where he worked in international sales and marketing, he is currently the Global Business Development Manager for the Intraplex product group at Harris Broadcast.
Raymond Barrett serves as Director of Product Management for Live365, defining business requirements and guiding projects through development, QA testing, and distribution. He assists with market research while exploring new technologies and trends. Before joining Live365, Barrett founded Imagine Avenue, a multimedia design studio in Los Angeles.
Paul Brenner is SVP/CTO at Emmis Communications and President of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium. His background also includes stints as Director/Information Technology at Datashare Corp. and as SVP/CTO at BTC before rising to President in 2008. Brenner leads the industrywide BTC effort, including data development, relationships with content partners and the broadcast industry, research, and business development.
James Cridland is a radio futurologist and Managing Director of Media UK. He has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and Internet adviser. In 2001 Cridland joined the original Virgin Radio in London as Digital Media Director, and in 2007 he headed to the BBC to work on the BBC iPlayer for radio. Since 2009, he has worked for receiver manufacturer PURE, audio blogging platform Audioboo, and a variety of European media companies. Cridland is trustee of the pan-industry body the Radio Academy and was Chairman of its Radio at the Edge conference between 2007 and 2009, and he serves as Secretary-Elect of the hybrid radio RadioDNS project.
Chris Crump, Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex Corp., began his professional radio career in 1987 as a producer at WHYT-FM in Detroit before going to work at Mediabase Research as Features Editor for the radio trade magazine Monday Morning Replay. He went on to serve as a remote broadcast engineer and then Creative Services Director for Capitol Broadcasting (and subsequently Paxson Communications) in Orlando, as well as the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Tampa.
Joe D'Angelo is Senior Vice President of Broadcast Programs and Services for iBiquity Digital, responsible for all domestic broadcast licensing and operations as well as strategic and product planning for HD Radio data services. Before joining iBiquity, D'Angelo was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its information, communication, and entertainment consulting practice. During his tenure at PwC, he worked closely with telecommunications and entertainment companies, assisting with strategic planning, corporate restructurings, global expansion, and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael Dalfonzo, Sales Manager for Abacast, has held nearly every position in a radio station, including station manager, program director, music director, and air talent. Before joining Abacast, Dalfonzo was VP of Sales at Spacial Audio Solutions, and before that he served as Director of Industry Affairs at RCS and as VP of New Technology at the Seattle-based Research Group. While at Research Group, he developed and brought to market Virtual Radio Programming, which became the model for several other companies' hub-and-spoke program distribution systems.
Rick Ducey is Chief Strategy Officer for BIA/Kelsey and an expert in digital media innovations, competitive strategies, new product development, and new business models, including digital ecosystem collaboration strategies. He serves as the program director for BIA/Kelsey's advisory service Digital Strategies for Broadcasting, which provides coverage and analysis of how new technologies, competition, shifting consumer demographics, and media usage trends are driving changes in the media ecosystem. Ducey also co-founded SpectraRep, a BIA company that sells a patent-pending IP-based alerting system he co-invented. Before joining BIA in 2000, Rick was Senior VP of the NAB's Research and Information Group.
Brian Foster is the Vice President of NextMedia360, a marketing lab specializing in connecting the advertiser and consumer. Foster is an accomplished speaker, frequently called on to deliver his message of Push/Pull marketing. He has received numerous awards for creative copy writing, and sits on the committee for digital training with the RAB.
David Frerichs is President of NRI Media, provider of radio programming to the global Indian diaspora through its Radio NRI service. He owns Tuner2.com, an artist-centric Internet radio portal, and provides strategic consulting to consumer electronics and Web media companies. Frerichs has also served as EVP/Strategic Marketing & Corporate Development at SRS Labs and earlier started the U.S. subsidiary of Coding Technologies.
Kurt Hanson is Publisher of the daily Web-based newsletter RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter and a recognized expert on Internet radio. He is also CEO of AccuRadio (www.accuradio.com), one of the world's leading personalizable Internet radio properties, reaching more than a half-million unique listeners each month. Before launching RAIN and AccuRadio, Hanson developed his reputation within the radio industry as the founder and CEO of Strategic Media Research.
Drew Hilles, CEO of TheMediaDash.com, has more than 20 years of experience in radio broadcasting and the Internet. Before joining TheMediaDash.com, Hilles co-funded digital media company Digital Brand Connections and was a founding senior executive of dMarc Broadcasting, which was acquired by Google for $500 million. He's also held senior management posts at CBS Radio and Clear Channel Radio.
Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs founded the company in 1983, when he had the notion that Album Rock could be fragmented with the Classic Rock format. Today, Classic Rock has become the most successful radio format in the last two decades. Jacobs Media consults the leading broadcasting companies in America, including CBS, Entercom, Emmis, Greater Media, Cox, Journal, and Citadel. The company also conducts research for NPR and Arbitron and advises companies on their digital strategies, and has recently developed iPhone applications for radio, Internet streaming stations, and other businesses.
Nikki Marra recently received a master's degree in radio from the University of London and is now a producer for CBS Radio in Philadelphia.
Ray Miklius has been the VP/Studio & Data Operations for Broadcast Electronics since 1993. During the past decade he has been a central figure in the development of new market segments for radio, from initiatives enhancing RDS and HD datacasting to more recent advances in crowdsourcing and song tagging. He oversees The Radio Experience, BE's development group responsible for new innovations in interactive and personalized radio applications.
Bill Moore is the founder of RadioTime and the CEO of TuneIn. Before RadioTime, Moore was VP/GM of the access software business unit for Efficient Networks. His career includes VP/sales, marketing, product management, and business strategy for the IP management software startup Network TeleSystems, and he's also held senior management roles in sales, marketing, and support in his nine years with UB Networks in Santa Clara and Dallas.
Jan Nordmann is Director of Marketing and Business Development in the Audio & Multimedia Division of Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies. He is also a Steering Board member of the Internet Media Device Alliance, an organization with the mission to harmonize and promote Internet radio delivery. His current tasks include strategic marketing and product management for Fraunhofer's MPEG Surround audio codec. Before his work at Fraunhofer USA, Nordmann headed the marketing and public relations group at Fraunhofer IIS in Germany.
Greg Ogonowski is VP/Product Development for Orban and President of Modulation Index LLC. In 1975 he founded broadcast audio signal processing company Gregg Laboratories, and in 1984 founded Modulation Index, a broadcast engineering consultancy. Ogonowski has extensively researched the characteristics of consumer radio receivers and co-authored a technical paper with Robert Orban that was presented before the Society of Automotive Engineers and the NAB regarding the standardization of pre-emphasis in AM broadcast; that was the beginning of the AM-NRSC. Ogonowski joined Orban in 2000 and led the team that created Optimod-PC.
Denise Oliver is a longtime radio programmer who is now on her second Internet startup. ShortForm.com enables users to create their own video channels and share them on their social networks, websites, and blogs. Oliver has also consulted leading media companies, including Forbes, Sirius, Discovery Communications, Hachette Filipacchi, the Associated Press,s and E! Entertainment Television.
Jim Roberts is Sr. Product Manager for The Radio Experience, Broadcast Electronics' development group responsible for new innovations in interactive and personalized radio applications. He has worked in radio, both in front of and behind the mic, and is today a leading authority on new media technologies for radio.
Freelance broadcast engineer Bill Ruck is principal engineer for CSI Telecommunications, planning, designing and developing public safety and private wireless communications systems. He's been a freelancer since 1972, and designed the audio systems for the NBC International Broadcast Center at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Ruck serves as chair of the Northern California Frequency Coordinating Committee.
Bill Saurer is President/CEO of Principle Broadcasting and President/CEO of Millennium Radio Group. He's a 25-year radio veteran who serves as Chairman of the New Jersey Broadcasters Association.
Shawn Sires is VP/Sales & Marketing for Airkast, a leader in mobile radio apps. He brings more than 20 years of strategic marketing, sales, and business development to the company's overall market leadership. Before Airkast, Sires held the position of CMO with social media marketing firm RTM, which created some of the first social media applications and viral media marketing campaigns for sports, media, and entertainment clients. He has also held strategic executive positions with leading technology companies including Lante Corp.
Jay Tyler is Director of Sales for Wheatstone Corp. and all of its product lines, including Wheatstone, Audioarts Engineering, and Vorsis. Tyler started working with audio at the age of 14, with basic 12-volt automotive audio, and worked his way through college designing, selling, and installing premier home AV systems. He joined Wheatstone as a sales engineer and has been with the company ever since.
Alexis van de Wyer is the General Manager for AdsWizz in North America. Before AdsWizz, he was Global Advertising Director and General Manager at eBay, where he was in charge of building and marketing new advertising solutions across geographies. Van de Wyer's previous roles include executive positions in product management, marketing, and general management in online and mobile ventures
Raul Velez has been in broadcasting for 24 years and is currently the Chief Engineer for Univision Radio/San Francisco, overseeing the technical operations for five radio stations. Before Univision, Velez worked for Susquehanna Radio, concentrating on sports and remote broadcasts.
Scott Wallace, CTO, YouPlusMedia,LLC/YouPlusDallas.com, is a second-generation broadcaster with more than 25 years of experience in the industry and extensive knowledge of broadcast operations/engineering and information systems, telecommunications, e-business, project management, Internet technologies, and infrastructures. He's worked for such highly respected broadcast and online companies as Border Media Partners, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; Univision Communications, where he served as Director of Information Technology; and Strategic IT Solutions, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
Charles Andrew Whatley is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for MediaSpan Online. He earlier served as President of American Media Services Interactive, where he led sales, marketing, and product development initiatives. Whatley has also been Vice President of Strategic Relationships for Kiptronic, a media technology company based in San Francisco, and served as consultant to Jones MediaAmerica (now Dial Global) in New York, where he helped establish an emerging media sales initiative and trained radio sales reps to better understand digital media initiatives.