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Christian O'Connell and producer Richie from Absolute Radio UK

Radiodays Europe 2012 - in audio, slides and video on web

Listen - or listen again - to Christian O'Connell and other top speakers from the Barcelona-event!

Radiodays Europe had the real breakthrough with its third annual event in Barcelona March 15 - 16.  More than 700 participants, a large crowd on the waiting lists, great sessions and enthusiastic participants.  It is now established beyond doubt as the must-attend meeting point for the whole European radio industry - public as well as private.  Good vibes about it are now spreading throughout Europe - and the expectations for the next event are high.

This newsletter offers direct links to some of the highlights from the conference - for the benefit of participants as well as for those of you who did not have the chance to come to the conference this time.  Here you can listen to audio, look through slides, read articles and in a few cases watch video.  The material is for several reasons not complete, but we hope it gives a picture of a conference with a variation of themes, interesting speakers and a multitude of nationalities.  This is Radio!  This is Europe!


- Stop whining about radio not being heard or recognized.  More than 700 at Radiodays Europe and 7000 radio stations in Europe which 86% of Europeans tune in to for 3 hours a day - that is indeed a strong network!  Said Annika Nyberg, Media Director of EBU, at the beginning of the conference.  Watch video.  More from the top level debate with Tim Davie, BBC, Olaf Hopp, NRJ International and Erwin Linnenbach, Regiocast in the session "A new strategy for radio".


2 - 5. Ira Glass: Great stories happens to those who can tell them

Great storytelling is still the core of good radio and will always be so. 
Listen to sessions with some of the very best storytellers on radio these years:

6 - 9. Fish where the fishes are

Yes, we know that Facebook, Twitter and all the social media are important.  Now, tell us more directly how we can make use of them as radio broadcasters! 

Claire Wardle and Brett Spencer from the BBC did just that.  Slides.

Paul Myers, also from BBC, shared top tips for internet search in investigative reporting (audio - from 21:50) and opened his toolbox.

Michael Praetorius, Germany argued how radio should think online and social media first and broadcast second to get more listeners (video), while Kurt Hanson from RAIN, USA prophesied a fourth golden age for radio on the net (video)

10 - 12. Combination is King!

The future is hybrid, said BBC's radio director Tim Davie.  Everybody wants a good broadband net for interactivity.  But a strong digital broadcasting backbone to handle mass distribution is absolutely necessary.  (Core points of view in audio).  Gunnar Garfors, IDAG, demonstrated the first mass market mobile device combining broadcast TV and radio and mobile internet (slides - and audio recording of session).  While Ole Jørgen Torvmark, Digitalradio Norway, pointed to Collaboration, Coverage and Content as the keys to a rapid switchover from FM to DAB radio distribution (slides and audio).

13. Data is the new oil!  Log on and listen!

Another new slogan - this time from Clive Dickens and Tony Moorey, Absolute Radio, UK.   When you know your listeners, you can find new sources of revenue, they say.  Slides

14. Making radio cool for the young talents

The young talents are no longer hammering on the doors of radio.  They find new openings for expression on the internet.  So how can radio make itself cool?  Innovation manager Marieke Hermans and young talents Daniel Fiene and Susanne Fatah answers.  Audio Slides

15. Support for the independence of radio journalism

Democratic societies need independent media, while governments like media to show them in a favorable light.  Vicsek Ferenc and Amy Brouillette came straight out of a fierce fight for media freedom in Hungary to Radiodays Europe to tell the story to European radio colleagues.  Hungary and other Eastern European countries have experience with state controlled media from before 1990 - and after that with political favoritism where new governments favorize their political friends and discriminate their opponents when licenses for radio frequencies are handed out.  With KlubRadio as one of the last available media for the opposition, the threat of closing down this station became a big story involving ten thousands of demonstrators, the EU commission, Hillary Clinton - and Radiodays Europe.  Article.

16. Radio and the challenged driver

Using less oil and living with more traffic and higher requirements for safety.  This is how Volkswagen sees the demands on the car driver of tomorrow.  We sit 1,3 persons in the car for 77 minutes a day - and we demand ever more advanced in-car entertainment.  The dream would be to get an universal dial handling mobile, internet and radio in a userfriendly fashion, said John Ousby, vTuner, USA.  Audio.  Slides. Article.

17 - 19. What did participants and speakers say afterwards?

Radiodays Europe had its own radio station - This is Radio! -  which transmitted live all through the conference - on site and on the net.  Just by listening to their voices you can hear a multitude of nationalities speaking with enthusiasm about their experience.  Listen!
   Maria Crespo, journalist in Barcelona, has given us impressions from the conference in video and music - without words.  Nice!  Watch it.
   Inge Seibel, German freelance journalist, caught some of the speakers on video - communicating also about the importance and longterm effect of gathering executives and opinion leaders of public and private radio in Europe on a common arena.
   Trevor Dann, former head of the British Radio Academy, brings together some of the central themes from the whole conference in his Radio Talk where he interviews 10 of the central speakers at the Radiodays Europe.

20.  Goodbye Barcelona!  Hello Berlin!

Radiodays Europe has gone from the North (Copenhagen in 2010 and 2011) to the South (Barcelona in 2012) and is now continuing onwards to the Middle: Berlin 2013.  The conference has had great partners to work with in Barcelona, and project managers are already in close dialogue with enthusiastic partners in Berlin.  We are moving from a HOT to a COOL city, which has a lot to offer.  Just look through these slides from Berlin and watch the fresh "Goodbye Barcelona, Hello Berlin!"-video with welcoming words of Lutz Kukuck of our partner Radiozentrale.

The dates for the 2013-event are fixed: March 17 - 19.  The venue as well: bcc - Berliner Congress Centrum.  And the ticket sales will start on October 1st. 

Welcome to Radiodays Europe 2013!

Greetings from
the Radiodays Europe team