Joe Kennedy, Pandora CEO, Keynotes Radio Ink's Convergence '09

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Joe Kennedy, CEO of successful pure-play webcaster Pandora, will be a keynote speaker at Radio Ink's Convergence '09 conference, set for February 9-10, 2009, at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA.

Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy, who heads one of the most highly regarded pure-play webcasters on the Internet, will be a keynote speaker at Radio Ink's Convergence '09 conference.

Kennedy joined Pandora as CEO in 2004 after five years as President/CEO of E-Loan, and before that spent 11 years with Saturn Corp., rising to VP of Sales, Service & Marketing. He is a Harvard MBA and a respected technology-industry figure who earlier this year testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Internet radio royalties. He knows all the legal and technological ins and outs of Internet radio and will be able to help clarify those for Convergence attendees.

The precise taste-matching that has made Pandora such a notable success story is based on the Music Genome Project, a music-analysis platform that categorizes music by hundreds of attributes, or "genes," that include melody, harmony, instrumentation, vocal style, and lyrics. The Pandora interface uses those analyses to serve customized streams to users determined by the songs and artists they prefer.

Joe Kennedy is an innovative executive with an innovative company, and he'll be bringing his expertise on streaming and much more to Convergence '09.

For more information and registration for Radio Ink's Convergence '09, call 561-655-8778 or visit

About Convergence '09:
Radio Ink's Convergence conference, held each year in San Jose in the heart of the Silicon Valley, gathers the best minds from inside and outside the radio industry to discuss new media and technology, covering practical applications and ideas as well as information to change radio's thinking about developing, marketing, and managing digital platforms for increased revenue and audience growth. The theme of Convergence '09 is "Mind Shift," and the event is designed to offer a clear picture of the strategic changes necessary to advance radio's media platform and how to implement those changes. For more information, call 561-655-8778 or visit

About Radio Ink:
Radio Ink is a leading radio broadcast trade publication, providing news, information, and commentary to radio sales and management professionals in the United States and 43 countries worldwide. The bi-weekly magazine focuses on marketing, management, and the multi-platform challenges facing radio broadcasters today. The publication has also created several annual "gold standard" lists, including the "40 Most Powerful People in Radio," the "Most Influential Women in Radio (MIWs)" "Radio Wayne," and Hispanic radio's "Medallas de Cortez" awards. Radio Ink reaches more than 25,000 radio executives with a daily headlines e-mail and news updated throughout the day at and provides two target-specific weekly e-newsletters, Hispanic Radio Weekly ( and Convergence Weekly (


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