WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Radio Show will include a panel discussion on how broadcasters can generate additional revenue from HD Radio channels. Titled "HD Radio: From Novelty to Viable Commodity," the session will be held Friday, September 19 in Austin.
The panel, moderated by WHUR-FM's program director David Dickinson, will examine the challenges that stations face during the transition to digital, and money-making opportunities that can be derived once the transition has been completed. Panelists include:
David Dickinson (moderator), is the program director for WHUR-FM, a Howard University radio station that is broadcast in HD on WHUR-World. A graduate of NAB's Executive Development Program, Dickinson works with WHUR's team of broadcasters to create innovative programming and technology. Prior to his role as program director, Dickinson served as WHUR's music director. He has worked as an announcer with KDKS-FM in Shreveport, Louisiana and has also served as operations manager and on-air instructor with KGRM-FM at Grambling State University.
Paul Brenner, serves as vice president of integrated technologies for Emmis Communications, where he develops new broadcasting and Internet systems for content and distribution systems. In addition to his duties at Emmis, Brenner serves as president of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC), a partnership comprised of eight radio companies that distributes local traffic and other map-related data via HD radio technology.
Brenner joined Emmis from Datashare Corporation in 1998. Prior to that, Brenner obtained his Masters degree in Information Systems, and earned degrees in both E-Business and Electronic Engineering Technologies.
Steve DeVries, is the product manager of Connected Services, NAVTEQ, a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. His work spans across a variety of products and next generation prototypes, including distribution of content over Satellite Digital Audio Radio (SDAR), Radio Data System (RDS), HD Radio, and mobile. Prior to NAVTEQ, DeVries focused on entrepreneurial activities across electronic design automation and multimedia industries. He holds a graduate degree from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
Jeff Littlejohn, serves as executive vice president of distribution development at Clear Channel Radio. In that capacity, Littlejohn oversees all technical aspects for the radio division and focuses on expanding the delivery of Clear Channel's existing content beyond AM and FM stations to include HD Radio, Cellular, Internet Streaming and Podcasting. Prior to joining Clear Channel, Littlejohn was vice president of engineering for AMFM, Inc. and Chancellor Broadcasting. Littlejohn is currently a member of the Board of Directors for iBiquity Digital Corporation, as well as a member of National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC).
In 2004, Littlejohn's team established America's first Radio Data System - Traffic Message Channel (RDS-TMC) traffic service, a system that allows real-time traffic information to be relayed digitally using FM radio broadcasts. RDS-TMC is currently used by several navigation and automotive services, including BMW North America, Garmin International, TomTom, Volvo Cars of North America, Avis/Budget Rental Cars, Navigon and Mio.
Ken Williams, is program director of the independent artist station iChannel.fm and the iChannel HD Radio network. As program director, Williams' duties include scheduling rotations, screening new music, researching new artists and creating innovative marketing campaigns. Prior to iChannel, Williams worked as on-air personality for WEW-AM, KPCR-AM/FM and WVRV-FM. He was the recipient of the 2003 Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA's) Special Programs award for WVRV's "The River Homegrown Show," a popular program hosted by Williams. He is currently a member of the St. Louis Ad Club and a part of Bonneville International's HD Radio Planning Committee.
About the NAB Radio Show
The NAB Radio Show is the largest annual convention for radio. This year's show, Sep. 17- 19 in Austin, delivers a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity for station professionals representing all format and market sizes and is co-located with the R&R Convention. More information about The NAB Radio Show is available at www.nabradioshow.com.
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The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.