#Conclave41 took place at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis/St. Paul, July 13 - 15. The Conclave Learning Conference was put in place to educate broadcasters on the current "happenings" in radio, along with education on the cutting edge procedures and formulas available to help broadcasters win.
#Conclave41 kicked off Wednesday, July 13th with a cocktail party sponsored by vCreative. vCreative CEO Jinny Landerer was present and the mixer was a success.
#Conclave41 officially kicked into full gear on Thursday, July 14th, with the Conclave Scholarship ceremony, which awards one lucky student a $5,000 scholarship. Immediately following the scholarship ceremony, "Ask Me Almost Anything" came alive. This was the chance that Conclavers got to ask questions to executives from various broadcast companies. This year's Ask Me Almost Anything's panel included Tony Coles, EVPP/iHeartMedia, Jon Zellner, EVP National Programming/iHeartMedia, Peter Bowen, VP/Market Manager/Cumulus Media, Ginny Morris, CEO/Hubbard Media, and moderated by Erica Farber, CEO/RAB. Other Thursday events included "Programming: Beyond the Bowtie," "Digital: Building a Strategy You Can Actually Execute," "Revenue: It's All ABout Them, Not You," "Talent: How to Build a Farm Team in 2016," a panel on tune in events, revenue, imaging, ratings and streaming. The day also featured a special luncheon with iHeart Media Senior Advisor Dan Mason. Dan gave a great speech and really brought motivation to the room as he shared his story from years of broadcasting. The Thursday events came to a close with a cocktail party sponsored by (WAIT FOR IT.....) vCreative. Jinny Landerer is a very generous lady.
Friday events included a speed mentoring breakfast, where broadcast professionals got to spend time with some of the most powerful minds in radio and talk about anything they wanted. Other events included social, marketing, video, and a presentation by Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs that talked about the things that your listeners are doing when they are not listening to the radio station.
Friday, the Conclave also awarded the 2016 Rockwell Award to Midwest Communications CEO Duke Wright. After accepting the award, Duke Wright spent some time sharing his broadcast career with the Conclave attendees and even shared some tricks to the trade. Duke could have talked forever and we would have all stayed and listened. Congratulations to the 2016 Rockwell Award winner, Duke Wright.
The final Friday session was on TALENT. The panelists were Roula and Ryan from KRBE in Houston, Greg Thuder from Cities 97 in Minneapolis, BJ & Migs from KISW in Seattle, and was moderated by Tony Coles. This panel was perhaps one of the biggest hits of the year, as we went into triple overtime. This panel was a BIG HOME RUN!!
#Concalve41 was a huge success. It was great to see a group of broadcaster come together and learn together, regardless of their current station, competitive situation or employment status.
Stay tuned, as information for #Conclave42 is forthcoming!