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.

RadioTech Summit

Pictures From The Radio Tech Summit, Day Two

The Tech Summit, at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, wrapped up May 18, and the second annual event was a big success. Below are some images from day two. 

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Does Radio Have a Strategy For Smart Phones?
When you get an opportunity to spend time with people using their iPhones or Android devices, you get a real sense of how consumers have developed relationships with those devices. Radio, for the longest time, has had a special relationship with consumers. Radio executives and managers, to this day, still tout the bond listeners have with their local station or morning DJ. When Fred Jacobs played video of the consumers he tracked in a recent study it was more confirmation that consumers are doing nearly everything on these tiny devices. Banking, games, e-mail, making calls, using it as a flashlight, taking pictures, and yes, listening to music. But these consumers in cities like L.A., Cleveland, Baltimore, and Dallas were not telling Jacobs, "I have my favorite radio station app" on their phones. Is that a problem for radio? Read more

James Cridland Wows The Crowd at Tech Summit
The UK's James Cridland dazzled Tuesday's Radio Tech Summit attendees with some very cool apps now being used in his country and advised U.S. broadcasters to try to speak more as one voice. Cridland emphasized why companies like Pandora and LastFM are making headway here in the United States. "They speak with one voice. It's one company asking for one thing, that's why they are getting into automobiles." Read more.

Tech Summit Great Idea of the Day
On day one came from Rick Ducey, Chief Strategy Officer, BIA/Kelsey, during the panel hosted by Fred Jacobs. Ducey said radio stations "do not have to have only one app. You can have the wake-up app. You can have the traffic app." People love their apps. If you have someone at the radio station that can build apps, why not build upon the relationship your station has with your listeners and give them more of what they love?

Pictures From The Radio Tech Summit, Day One

The Tech Summit is underway, at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus. Below are some images from opening day. 

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Cridland, Oliver To Keynote Tech Summit

Radio futurologist and managing director of Media UK James Cridland will deliver the opening keynote address at Radio Ink's Radio Tech Summit, set for May 17-18 at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View, CA, immediately before Convergence 11. He'll be talking about radio's multi-platform future: Is the future online streaming? HD? Or analog FM? He'll look at what's happening in other countries, and why the open project at represents the future for hybrid radio on cellphones and more.

Cridland's radio background dates back to 1989, and he's served as digital media director for Virgin Radio in London and worked on the BBC iPlayer for radio, and currently works for receiver maker PURE and a variety of European media companies. Cridland is also trustee of the Radio Academy and secretary-elect of the hybrid radio RadioDNS project.

Closing day one of the summit will be veteran radio programmer Denise Oliver, now on her second Internet startup as co-founder of, which lets users create and share video channels. Oliver will present the best ideas in the industry’s first "crowdsourced" keynote; she's gathered creative ideas from top innovators in radio and related technology for a provocative look at radio's future five to 10 years from now in "Brainstorming the Future -- What If?" 

Scott Wallace To Host Tech Summit Day One

Radio Ink welcomes Scott Wallace, Chief Technology Officer of YouPlusMedia,LLC/, as host of the opening day of Tech Summit on Tuesday, May 17. The day's theme is "Radio -- Your Future Is Ready," focusing on the technology behind the digital revolution and how radio can better adapt to and take advantage of evolving digital tools. Scott Wallace 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 highly respected broadcast and online companies such 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 EVP/CTO.

RAIN Publisher Kurt Hanson Joins Radio Ink's Tech Summit As Host

Fresh off another successful RAIN conference, held in conjunction with the NAB Show in Las Vegas, the widely respected Internet and streaming expert Kurt Hanson, will host Day Two of Radio Ink's Tech Summit. The day's theme: "Turbo-Charge Your Streaming." Hanson is publisher of the daily web-based newsletter RAIN: Radio And Interne Newsletter and is a leading expert on Internet radio. He is also CEO of AccuRadio (, one of the world's leading personalizable Internet radio properties, reaching more than a half-million unique listeners each month.

The RadioTech Summit is immediately followed by Convergence 2011, set for May 18-19.