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Here are some of the topics covered at Forecast 2019.

Continental Breakfast: 7:45-8:20 a.m.

8:20-8:40 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Deborah Parenti, Publisher/Radio Ink

Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group
Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director, Equity Research, Wolfe Research
Special Guest Co-Host John David

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Economic Forecasting: Revenue Trends and Expectations for 2019
With an economy stimulated thanks to changes in tax policy but tempered by uncertainty over global policies and conditions, include the possibility of trade wars, the short-term outlook is generally optimistic. Meanwhile, on the industry front, the two leading radio groups filed for bankruptcy over the past year in order to begin work on restructuring plans designed to unload unmanageable debt. Against that backdrop and other economic news that may break by November, Forecast’s opening panel of industry experts will be ready to offer their prognostications on what’s in store for the country and media in the near- and long-term future, as well as what categories, platforms, and initiatives are most likely to generate the most revenue growth and expansion.
Moderator: Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director, Equity Research, Wolfe Research
John Bishop, Head of Media Insights and Research, MediaVillage
Mark Gray, CEO, Katz Media Group
Davis Hebert, Director/Senior High Yield Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities
Vincent Letang, EVP/Global Market Intelligence, MAGNA

Prospects for Radio as an Investment in 2019: The Real Street Talk
As the future of radio’s largest groups continues to make headlines, what are the implications for the rest of the industry? What new opportunities might emerge in the wake of reorganization? What’s the price of private equity, and where is the financing? Meanwhile, what does a radio company of any size need to look like in 2019 to attract today’s more cautious investors? This is a session you won’t want to miss.
Moderator: Randy Michaels – yes, Randy Michaels, CEO, Radioactive, LLC
Tom Buono, CEO, BIA Advisory Services LLC
Garret Komjathy, SVP/Media & Communications Division, US Bank
Drew Marcus, Senior Advisor, Guggenheim Securities

10:15-10:30 a.m.
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10:30-11:00 a.m.
Beyond Alexa & Google Home: Tech Trends Radio Needs to Know
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Buzz Knight, EVP/Strategy & Innovation, Beasley Media Group, in an interview with
Ben Arnold, Senior Director/Innovation & Trends at Consumer Technology Association
Buzz and Ben sit down for a one-on-one interview to discuss what’s next in the technology pipeline and how radio can take advantage of these shiny new objects. Ben’s background as a researcher, blogger, and speaker on emerging trends in the consumer technology industry, including audio and imaging segments, means he can provide an earful on new developments attendees will want to hear!

11:00-11:40 a.m.
Digital Audio: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Audio Business
No one would argue with the fact that digital technology has blown up the marketing road map. Driving listeners to radio on any platform and at any time has never been more challenging, even as digital technology has afforded a host of new opportunities. How do you cut through the clutter and generate relevance in today’s “crowd culture”? What are the hot trends today and on the horizon tomorrow? How can these up-and-coming digital options that are being consumed today be measured and monetized successfully? Our panel has plenty of answers — and some provocative commentary that might have you wondering if your company is ready for the future.
Moderator: Darren Davis, President, iHeartMedia Networks Group
Zena Burns, SVP, Strategic Marketing & Brand Development, Futuri Media
Owen Grover, CEO, Pocket Casts/Podcast Media, LLC
Rob Walch, VP/Podcaster Relations, Libsyn

Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer, iHeartRadio

12:00-1:50 p.m.
Luncheon Program
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12:15-12:30 p.m.
Lifetime Leadership Awards Presentation — Peter Smyth, former CEO, Greater Media

12:50-1:50 p.m.
Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News

2:10-2:50 p.m.
Independent and Optimistic: Why Smaller Can Be Better — and More Profitable
While headlines frequently focus on major groups, most radio assets are owned and operated by independent and smaller companies. What does it take to generate and grow revenues necessary to feed investors, compensate staff, compete with larger entities, and expand business profit at the end of the day? Is smaller an advantage and necessity truly the mother of invention? What are the plans and strategies of the independent side of radio heading into 2019? Find out as leadership, independent-style, addresses the issues facing all broadcasters.
Moderator: Steve Newberry, EVP/Strategic Planning and Special Projects, National Association of Broadcasters
Gregory A. Davis, President/CEO, Davis Broadcasting Inc.
Randy Gravley, President & CEO, Tri-State Communications
Shawn Marhefka, Owner, Ozark Radio Network

2:50-3:30 p.m.
Inside Advertising: A Candid Chat with Colin Kinsella
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What’s on the minds of advertising agency executives and what does that mean to radio? Caroline Beasley sits down for a frank and open one-on-one conversation with Colin Kinsella, CEO of Havas North America, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies. The award-winning Havas was named AdWeek’s US Media Agency of the Year and MediaPost’s Media Agency of the Year in 2017. Caroline and Colin will discuss a wide range of issues facing media and marketers and what the challenges are specifically to radio in earning a greater share of partnerships with their clients.
Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group
Colin Kinsella, CEO, Havas North America

3:30-3:50 p.m.
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3:50-4:30 p.m.
The State of Sports Radio: 2019 and Beyond
It’s been over 30 years since the first 24-hour-a-day Sports Talk station was born, and in that time, there have been a lot of changes in the format, the delivery platforms, and the metrics. And its personalities have also generated a fair share of headlines, some having managers reaching for the aspirin bottle before downing that first morning cup of coffee. As audiences continue to fragment, thanks to more choices not only in formats but with a wide array of platforms, sports and sports talk radio offer a lucrative opportunity; one that delivers attractive demographics and a desirable economic profile. The state of sports radio and how it can impact a station’s bottom line in the coming years are just part of a discussion that will offer perspective and guidance from experts on the playing field.
Moderator: Jason Barrett, President, Barrett Sports Media
Bruce Gilbert, SVP/Sports, Cumulus and Westwood One
Traug Keller, Senior VP, ESPN
Susan Larkin, Regional President, San Francisco & Sacramento; Market Manager, New York, Entercom

4:30-5:10 p.m.
A Conversation With David Field & Bob Pittman
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It was about one year ago that David Field, CEO of Entercom, closed on what many consider to be the most impressive deal ever done in the history of radio. Today that puts him at the helm of some of the most widely respected brand names in major markets across the country, as well as a huge sports radio franchise. Joining David is a man who needs no introduction, Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. iHeartMedia is a leading global media and entertainment company specializing in radio, with over 858 broadcast radio stations, as well as digital, outdoor, mobile, social, live events and on-demand entertainment. Harvey Nagler sits down for a fascinating conversation with David Field and Bob Pittman, the undisputed top leaders of the radio/audio industry. It will be a perfect way to wrap up a day of deep dive discussions and informed conversation.
Harvey Nagler, Former Vice President/CBS Radio News & Media Consultant
David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom
Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia Inc.


5:10-5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Annual “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” Reception
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