Tuesday, April 26, 2011
New Media Seminar 2011 to Feature Eclectic Array of Timely Panels, Sessions and Speakers.
The detailed agenda and schedule of events for the 14th annual installment of the talk radio industry's longest running and largest national convention will be announced this Thursday morning on the TALKERS website (www.talkers.com). According to NMS 2011 organizers, early registrations are running ahead of any past installment of the colorful series and a sellout is again expected. Conference director Michael Harrison states, "This year's seminar features panels and presentations that will cover the spectrum of concerns facing talk radio of many formats, not just news/talk. It recognizes the eclectic nature of spoken word radio and covers everything from sports to urban to pop culture talk – even public radio -- as well as news/talk. And of course, this year's annual digital media workshop, themed '2011 and Beyond,' is an extremely informative event." The line-up of speakers for the digital workshop includes Randall Bloomquist, president, Talk Media Frontier; Jay Byrne, president, V-Fluence; Chris Crump, VP/marketing, Comrex Corporation; Steve Goldstein, executive VP, Saga Communications; and Alan Levy, president/CEO, Blog Talk Radio. Co-moderators are Dan Patterson, digital audio manager, ABC News Radio and Ellen Ratner, bureau chief, Talk Radio News Service. The panel titled, "The State of News/Talk Radio," features Laurie Cantillo, program director, 77WABC, New York; Dave Elswick, program director/talk show host, KARN, Little Rock; Bill Hess, APD, WMAL, Washington, DC; Steve Jones, VP/general manager, ABC News Radio; Tom Langmyer, VP/general manager, WGN, Chicago; and Peter Thiele, operations manager, WNYM (The Apple), New York with more to be announced. Moderator is Gabe Hobbs, president Gabe Hobbs Media; Other panels include "How to Manage, Program and Sell Controversy," "The Legendary Talk Rumble," and "Monetizing Everything – How Do We Make Money Doing This?" plus more. A total of more than 65 speakers will make presentations and an attendance exceeding 575 is again expected.