US radio exec Caroline Beasley lined up for Drive to Digital

CEO of the Beasley Broadcast Group, Caroline Beasley, is lined up to speak at this year’s Drive to Digital event.

Caroline most recently served as Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters and was honored as US Radio Executive of the Year in 2017.

Beasley Broadcast Group owns and runs 64 radio station in 15 markets across the US.

In addition, Kevin Nolan, Vice-President, UX Innovation Practice at Strategy Analytics; Kurt Dusterhoff, Senior Specialist at SBD Automotive; and Joe D’Angelo, Vice-President: Broadcast at Xperi, will share their insights on key automotive technology trends from across the world and the impact on radio listening in cars.

Also in a special segment titled Driving the Digital Dash, Ben Poor, Radio Technology and Innovation Project Manager, EBU, and Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB, will be in conversation with Laurence Harrison, Director of Automotive Partnerships, Radioplayer Worldwide, about the key trends and developments in digital and hybrid radio in cars and collaboration with vehicle manufacturers across Europe.

Previously announced speakers at Drive to Digital 2019 include: Conference Chair, Penny Smith; Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, and Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times; Alison Winter, BBC Radio and Education, Mark Crawford, Global, and Adrian Fitch, Bauer; and Clare McNally-Luke, Ofcom; Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT; Ric Blaxill, Bauer Media; Belinda Doyle & Ian Walker JACK Radio; Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Premier Christian Radio; and Tony Lit MBE, Sunrise Radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: “The UK radio and audio landscape is changing fast with what seems like new radio station launches and new audio on demand content initiatives every day leading to fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and new ways of listening. Where is it all going? Drive to Digital 2019 is a brilliant free event that will bring it all together with insights and commentary on consumers, content, cars, retail and technology from senior executives and industry experts. Don’t miss it.”

Further announcements about speakers on retail, technology, and podcasts will follow in the coming weeks.

Event details:

When: Wednesday 30 October. Registration from 12pm. Conference start 1pm

Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

How: Reserve your free place here.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 6 – 7.30pm.

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5 Comments
  1. Mr Boltar says

    Shame we didn’t use the US IBOC system here in the UK instead of the designed-by-committee mess that is DAB. If the digital signal fails it reverts to analogue and no need to do a ridiculous rescan just to find new stations – simply enter the frequency as per FM.

    1. harry worth says

      how many countries outside the usa use iboc a few in south america the rest of the world use s dab plus.And in the uk the listens have a real choice

      1. Mr Boltar says

        The rest of the world use DAB? You mean the rest of the world except most of east and central asia, africa, russia and the indian sub continent? Oh, and France which has a few DAB stations in the big cities and thats about it. In other words europe and australia. DAB is a hopeless system, IBOC is far better. The only downside is IBOC is proprietary and so license fees are involved.

        1. mb23 says

          France will launch two new national DAB multiplexes in H1 2020 and there is a rollout of local multiplexes across all areas of the country by the end of 2020.

          It’s mainly a European standard, but some SE Asia countries, Australia & South Africa are also using it.

  2. Rich Phoenix says

    With 9 khz. spacing on mediumwave, the last thing in the world you want is IBOC with its wretched sidebands! Even with our 10 khz. spacing Stateside, it has caused signal degradation to countless stations assigned to adjacent channels of IBOC stations. It has higher mains power demands, and can degrade quality of the main channel signal as well. Many stations that initially signed on for IBOC have now tossed it in the bin for good reasons.

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