First, it was Las Vegas. Next week, it’s the Swedish city of Malmö for Caroline Beasley.
The Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer will be featured during two upcoming sessions at Radiodays Europe (RDE).
The event, which has emerged as the world’s leading radio-only conference with the demise of the RAB/NAB co-produced Radio Show in the U.S., begins May 15 at the MalmöMässan Exhibition and Congress Center in Malmö, Sweden.
The event, which sees Caroline Beasley appear on May 16, is Europe’s largest radio conference and meeting point for the world of FM, DAB, LW and MW; podcasting; and all things audio.
Radiodays Europe was born in 2010 as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1600 participants from 62 countries online and in-person.
Beasley will participate in a special one-on-one session entitled “American Regional Radio in the Digital Age.” And, the session is to be hosted by Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes.
In addition, Beasley will take part in the “Audio Summit” panel. It includes Sibyle Veil (CEO of Radio France), Linda Pamgren (CEO of Bauer Media Sweden) and Cathinka Rondon (Head of Radio at Norway’s NRK).
The session will be moderated by Folder Media Creative Director Matt Deegan.
Holding Radiodays Europe in Malmö is noteworthy in and of itself, as Norway in December 2017 signed off its remaining FM radio stations in a move to only DAB+-delivered stations.
Malmö is south of Norway’s biggest city, Oslo, and is a 7-hour train ride. The differences between the two cities with respect to FM radio reception is exceptional. In the Swedish city, just 40kw west of Copenhagen, Denmark, a wide variety of stations can be heard. In Oslo, six FM frequencies remain active, and represent a smattering of private broadcasters. All NRK stations are only on DAB+, as are Top 40 brands KISS, NRJ and Topp 40. Also exclusive to DAB+ in Oslo are the “P” series of broadcast stations, Radio Rock, and Radio Vinyl.
DAB+ transition from FM is likely to be a topic of discussion among broadcasters in Europe for years to come.