Big time lineup coming to MMTC
A significant number of participants at the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council Access to Capital Conference next month (7/18-19/05) will not require nametags. This particularly goes for the scheduled roster of keynoters. Although two of six may not be household faces among broadcasters, those being Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and NCTA head Kyle McSlarrow, we expect everyone is quite familiar with the other four: FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, NAB head Eddie Fritts and Emmis Communications Chairman Jeff Smulyan. (Will Smulyan also be kicking tires over at the Washington Nationals' temporary digs at RFK Stadium?). In addition, a wide variety of speakers will be on hand.
Marcellus Alexander, VP/Television, NAB
Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President, SBC Communications
Andrew Barrett, President, The Barrett Group
Daryl Brown, Vice President, The Walt Disney Company
Amador Bustos, President, Bustos Media Holdings
Lewis Byrd, General Partner, Opportunity Capital Partners
Thomas Castro, President, Border Media Partners
Glenn Cherry, President, Tama Broadcasting
Maria Cruz, Vice President For Supplier Diversity, Verizon
Ari Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan & Hartson LLP
Mark Fratrik, Vice President, BIA Financial Network
Joel Hartstone, Managing Director, StoneGate Capital Group LLC
Divakar Kamath, President, Pacesetter Growth Fund
Erwin Krasnow, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer
Gui Larangeira, Senior Associate, Telecom Development Fund
Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting
Nicolaine Lazarre, Principal, Lazarre & Associates
David C. Lee, Managing Director, D.B. Zwirn & Co.
Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, COO, access.1 Communications
Jane Mago, Senior Vice President And General Counsel, NAB
Robert O. Mahlman, President, The Mahlman Company
Nia Mathis, Associate, Latham & Watkins
David A. Meier, Vice President, Wells Fargo Foothill
Nicholas Miller, Partner, Miller & Van Eaton
Francisco Montero, Partner, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC; Exec Dir, ISBA
Marvin R. Motley, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Sourcing Sprint
Dr. Everett C. Parker, Professor Of Communications, Fordham University
Susan Patrick, Vice President, Patrick Communications
Hon. Henry M. Rivera, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP; Chair, MMTC
Jonathan Rogers, Sr., P.E., CEO, Applied Wireless Local Area Network, Inc.
Jesse Russell, CEO, IncNetworks
Riley Temple, Partner, Halprin Temple
Hank Torbert, Executive Vice President, Broadcast Capital Fund, Inc.
S. Jenell Trigg, Of Counsel, Leventhal Senter & Lerman P.L.L.C.
Hon. Gloria Tristani, Managing Director, Office Of Communication, Inc., UCC
David Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer, Max Media
Darius Withers, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP
Sirius extends contract with Ford
Ford says it's extending its exclusive contract with Sirius Satellite Radio through 2011 to offer Sirius radios as factory-installed options in select models. The agreement with Sirius was originally scheduled to end in 2008. Ford is offering Sirius as a factory-installed option on the 2006 F-150, Explorer, Lincoln Mark LT and Mercury Mountaineer. The company is targeting another 17 models for the option in the 2006 and 2007 model years. Satellite radio also is available as a dealer-installed option on various models. Sirius said satellite radio should be available in 90% of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles by the 2008 model year. The contract also allows Ford to extend the agreement through 2013.
Brotman out at Museum of TV & Radio
Stuart Brotman is out as President of the Museum of Television and Radio in NYC, which was founded by Bill Paley. Brotman succeeded the late Bob Batscha. The Museum didn't return calls seeking comment at deadline.
USRN launches Reggaeton series
United Stations Radio Networks announced the launch of El Pique!, a 10-Week Summer Series featuring the hottest Reggaeton tracks. The 2-hour weekly mix show will be programmed and hosted by Serg Sniper and VSmoove. The hosts of will broadcast in English, while the show's song lyrics are a mix of English and Spanish. El Pique! will air nationally from July 4th Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Raised in New York, VSmoove first hit the airwaves over a decade ago on WVHC in upstate New York, and he's gone on to become one of New York City's hottest Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and Reggaeton DJs. He created a series of Dancehall Reggae releases, and his unique mixing style has earned him international popularity in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
The International Radio & Television Society Foundation (IRTS) will be hosting a morning session today to push the power of radio to reach increasingly major minority market segments in the US. "Diversity in Radio" is being hosted by Radio One's Zemira Jones, who will direct a panel which will include Frank Flores of SBS, Nelson Garcia of Casanova Pendrill Inc., Deon Livingston of Inner City and Paul Parzuchoski of Interep. In a release describing the program, IRTS said, "From the Spanish Census to the Power of Urban Radio to the direct marketing of the Gay community, radio is changing the perception of America and blazing a new trail in developing these very important segments."