It’s here! The first Preliminary Conference Programme for Radiodays Asia 2022 More speakers and content will be added and the full programme and schedule to be announced beginning of August. You can download this version of the Programme here. Preliminary Programme Welcoming Keynote: Sound of the Future Kenny Ong (CEO, Astro Radio, Malaysia) Transformation of Radio Abe Thomas (CEO, BigFM, India) Is Radio Dead? Abe Thomas is sure Radio is NOT dead but TRANSFORMING. And why he knows that is the growth and content in digital audio is being driven by ‘radio-like experiences’. Also he strongly believes along with the ‘Technology’ one also needs the ‘Technique’ to create memorable radio like experiences. Radio is up against incredible competition from digital audio players and we need to be realistic, pragmatic and deliberate in its response. Given this daunting reality, how can radio compete and remain relevant? Reinventing Radio Ben Cooper (Group Director, Content and Music, Bauer Radio, UK) Learn how you can successfully transform from a traditional radio company to a digital audio business. Find out more about how Bauer – Europe ́s largest commercial radio group – are changing the face of radio in Europe with brand extensions, social & video content, podcasts, portfolio development, innovations and much more. Love is in the air Ralph van Dijk (Founder and Creative Director, Eardrum, Australia) The multi award-winning Ralph van Dijk will talk about the role radio and audio can play to help customers fall in love with brands. He will demonstrate the fastest way to their hearts is – through their ears. Radio under attack Danish Karokhel (Pajhwok Network, Afghanistan) Since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, independent media has been under attack. Danish Karokhel had to close his radio station, but managed to get some of his staff out and has changed to a hybrid model where Pajhwok ́s operations are now outside of Afghanistan. Hear about the closing of the station, how Pajhwok operates today and the media situation in general. Cool new tech for radio that you should be using James Cridland (Radiofuturologist, Australia) New tech is everywhere; and there are plenty of new tools that can help radio succeed. Software that makes audio editing as easy as a word processor, the radio presenter who does so much in-air he’s trained a robot to do some of it for him, the syndicated show that sounds like it’s tailor-made for your station, and how to make a show in a language you don’t speak, the possibilities are endless. Join radio futurologist James Cridland to see what’s possible for your station today. The Essential Guide to AI Francis Currie (International Audio Consultant, UK) and experts Everybody is talking about AI, but what’s it all about, and how can it help the radio & audio industry? In this compelling session, we reveal how AI can be used in writing, editing, producing, presenting, scheduling and promoting your radio station or audio business. With a lot of examples, links and contributions from people at the cutting edge of this emerging field, this session is packed with what you need to know about Artificial Intelligence. Digital Transformation The journey from Radio to a Digital Audio Powerhouse John Kelly (COO, Southern Cross Austereo, Australia) John Kelly, Chief Operating Officer of Southern Cross Austereo, will discuss how changing consumer consumption has driven a digital audio revolution for his business. The journey began with a change in strategy, behaviours, workforce and digital investment – in the desire to embrace and unlock a sustainable and exciting digital audio future. Driving Audiences from Digital to FM Alan Poon (General Manager, Tech and Shared Services, Media Prima, Malaysia) Combining radio with digital platforms improves two-way communication with the audience, and it has seen to give incredible results to the business. Alex Poon will talk about how Media Prima Audio uses AUDIO+ as the primary tool to take this opportunity to drive audiences back to linear FM. The Power of Radio Duncan Campbell (Chief Content Officer, ARN, Australia) With a focus on new technologies that some claim are ‘radio killers’ it’s important to remind ourselves that radio is still incredibly strong and will evolve and adapt as it has since it was born. The fundamental reason Radio remains so strong is the magic of the medium which highlights the Power of Radio which we all need to continue to harness in order for Radio to remain relevant today and into the future. Radio’s Fight for the Future Car Jaime Chaux (Head of Digital, Commercial Radio Australia, AU) The car of the future challenges radio’s prominent role in the car: new connected cars will come with internet connections in-built and large touchscreens that make accessing entertainment other than live radio the easiest it has ever been. Radio’s role in the car is under threat. What does audio entertainment look like in the future connected car? What is being done right now to ensure radio is as best placed for the rise of the connected car? How has Covid changed listener habits? June Pang (Head of Malaysia Media Measurement, GfK, Malaysia) How has the pandemic changed listening? How has listening to radio and other audio services during and after Covid? Are things back to normal or is there a long-term Covid effect? June Pang will give on overview of trends in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The Future of Public Media Richard Sutherland (Head of News, Radio New Zealand), David Hua (Director of Audio and Language Content, SBS, Australia), (Thai PBS, Thailand) As the BBC celebrates its 100th anniversary, so too does the idea of public service media. But as media organisations face ever more competition from big tech, growing threats to media freedom, and begin to reel from the impact of the pandemic, what does the future hold for public media? How are they innovating to tackle these issues? And will they be with us in another 100 years? Engaging Gen Z As radio’s audiences are getting older, how do you succeSsfully engage with the younger, future audiences? What ideas and innovations are radio stations using to engage with Gen Z? See radio differently – let radio take a bigger bite Nessa McGann (McGann Media, Ireland) Radio has often been used by advertisers as a tactical medium, getting promotional messages to air quickly and efficiently, but remains underused as a brand-building medium. New studies in the UK and Europe underline the strengths of radio as an advertising medium and will give your sales department multiple strong arguments for how radio give return on investment. What’s next for podcasting Which content trends will become bigger? Is it still all about true crime? Will catch-up radio decline as more podcasters produce different-sounding content? Long form vs short form podcast? What podcast platforms are listeners using? What’s next? Social Media – #winning for podcasting and audio Arielle Nissenblatt (Community Manager at SquadCast, USA) Podcast audiences can be very engaged and loyal to the podcast they follow. How do you build a community around your podcast to keep audiences engaged and use social media to grow your The Indian Podcasts That Aren’t Being Made Mae Mariyam Thomas (Journalist, Podcaster, Maed in India, India) Podcasting is growing rapidly in India. Mae will give on overview of current trends, but also highlight the possibilities for underrepresented voices to use podcasting. Who are the Indian voices in podcasting? How can independent creators, non-profit entrants and podcast networks work for more voices to be heard? Mae will also share experiences in engaging more women in podcasting. Podcasting across Asia: the market and the money Ron Beationg (Founder, Podcast Network, Philippines) and others Where is podcasting in South East Asia? What are the trends and what is different in each country? What is successful and why? What stands out? Where is it going? Creativity in audio and podcasting – thinking outside the ad break Ad breaks is radio’s traditional source of income – and is also used in podcasts. But there are multiple ways to deliver the messages and create new revenue for your podcast. Hear about how your podcast can make money without creating the negative listener response that traditional ads get. Many of these ideas for podcasting are also applicable on radio. 25 ideas in 30 minutes Five speakers share their best tips A packed session full of ideas. A collection of great speakers from across the conference will provide plenty of quick-fire and practical ideas, meaning you will go away from this session with lots of thoughts and inspiration to bring back to your radio station! CHOOSE ONE OUT OF THREE MASTERCLASSES: Masterclass 1: Content leadership: Building content making skills in your team Natalie Pozdeev (Australian Film Television and Radio School) How can you work with your team to build content making skills. Natalie Pozdeev from AFTRS will take you through practical strategies to build content making skills in your team, including using structured training to support the talent pipeline. Masterclass 2: How to make a successful podcast The ABC for creating a successful podcast. How to structure your work, how to find your audience and grow reach and how to make money from your podcast. Speaker tba. Masterclass 3: Learn what Creative Champions do Wade Kingsley (Creative Coach, Australia) The world’s most creative people have strengths that other people don’t. It’s not that they are more creative than other people, it’s that they work to develop these skills. Our work is to share what these skills are, and show people how to use them to develop their creative thinking capability. Wade Kingsley, Creative Coach, will inspire you and share techniques on how you and your team can be more creative This programme is preliminary and will be updated with additional content and speakers.