The Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) will return for the 8th edition of its flagship Los Angeles event to the W Hotel Hollywood from May 2nd - May 4th 2018. The event, hosted in partnership by A&R Worldwide and leading online radio/music information and news resource AllAccess.com, will once again unite broadcasters from the U.S. and around the world to discuss new creative and business models that will help this essential communicator of music, talk, news and sports evolve and thrive for years to come.
Over the past seven years, WWRS has been attended by hundreds of U.S. and international radio and record executives. WWRS 2018 will continue to highlight some of the most important issues and opportunities impacting radio today and tomorrow, as well as focus on the future of this crucial broadcast medium that is the world's largest communicator and platform for music discovery.
Among the key names already confirmed to join WWRS 2018’s event are included: Adam Burgess – CEO, Imaging Blueprint/ContrabandMedia; Andrew Curran – President, DMR/Interactive; Andrew Smooth – Imaging Director, KPWR/Los Angeles; Ben Cooper – Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network; Carolyn Gilbert – President, NuVoodoo; Cat Thomas – VP, Contemporary Music, Cumulus Media; Chris Price – Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Daniel Anstandig – President & CEO, Futuri Media; DJ Felli Fel – KPWR/Los Angeles; Dom Nero – Imaging Director, WQHT/New York; Fred Jacobs – President & Founder, Jacobs Media; Howard Cogan – Voice of Jack-FM; Jill Weindorf – Sr. VP, Promotion, Concord Music Group; Jimmy Steal – VP, Programming, Meruelo Media; Jon Zellner – EVP, Programming, iHeartMedia; Kelly Doherty – VP, Imaging, iHeartMedia; Kid Kelly – VP, Pop & PD, Hits1/Venus, SiriusXM; Leigh Jacobs – EVP/Perceptual Research, NuVoodoo;...
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Controller, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network
Co-Founder, NuVoodoo Media Services
VP Current Music Formats, Cumulus Media
Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra
President/CEO, Futuri Media
President, iHeartMedia Networks Group
Head of Promotion, BMG/S-Curve Records
Imaging Director, WQHT - Hot 97 (New York City)
KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles
President/Founder, Jacobs Media
Voice Of Jack-FM
Exec. Producer, AVDeli Sun City Radio Network
President/Publisher, ALL ACCESS
SVP Promotion, Concord Music Group
VP/Programming, Meruelo Media
VP/Audience Insights, Nielsen Audio
EVP Programming Operations, iHeartMedia
VP Pop/PD HITS1/VENUS, SIRIUSXM
Co-Founder/VP Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services
SVP Music Strategy & Talent, CMT
VP/Social, Cumulus and Westwood One & Author, MERGE
PD/Urban Brand Coordinator, KQBT/Houston
Dir./Playlist Programming & Development, Warner Music Group
Sr. Director of Industry Relations, Pandora
EVP/Content & Programming, Cumulus Media/Westwood One
OM/PD, KPRS & KPRT-AM/Kansas City
PD/Mornings, WLLD/TAMPA, FL
Perry Michael Simon
N/T/S & Podcasting Editor, ALL ACCESS
President & Founder, A&R Worldwide
EVP/Content, Alpha Media
Senior Director of Digital Audience, Cox Media Group
Host, "The Woody Show"
Worldwide Radio Summit Endorsements
VP of Programming Emmis & Program Director Power 106 Los Angeles
"In the USA alone radio reaches 293,839,000* listeners every week! That's 93% of all consumers in the USA! It's our job to entertain, inform, and help in the discovery of new music every time they turn the radio on...what an exciting and rewarding way to have a positive and lasting impact on our audiences!"
* Source: RADAR 105, June 2010 Copyright Arbitron (Monday-Sunday 24-Hour Weekly Cume Estimate)
Music Director, CMT
"There was a time and era when radio changed the world. As technology evolved and continues to rapidly develop, radio is still a major influence for music discovery, local news and information and personalities that entertain on a daily basis." .
Mike Walsh Deputy Programme Director/Head Of Music, Radio X (UK)
"Radio is still, by far, the most effective and emotive way of communicating passion for music."
Program Director, KEXX/Phoenix
"We all associate particular songs to key moments in life; no matter where we live or what language we speak. Radio has been and will continue to be the most effective medium of delivering those moments to the masses for FREE."
General Manager, George FM & Kiwi FM, New Zealand
"Making emotional connections through being personal, portable and reflecting life right now are as important as ever. Plus
radio has always been the great aggregator - this consumer offer is only becoming more valuable in our noisy, fragmented
world. But it needs to be delivered as part of an on-going conversation where listeners can feedback, influence and get the
bits they value when they want them. The future is bright."
Media Consultant (UK)
Radio as a medium cannot be buried or ignored it continues to influence all other mediums and reflect societies cultural state. Video did not kill the radio star, neither did podcasts or Mp3's, not even streaming or 'listen again' options have destroyed the 'LIVE' power of radio.
Presenters, Programmers and producers in radio are some of the most 'aware' people in the world.
They must be in touch with the heart beat of society, find the language and the songs that touch
and connect with everyday people.
The radio summit is essential to remind both individuals and corporate monsters that the human voice
is the most powerful medium and without listeners we don't have anyone to talk to. "