It’s easy to be wary of Americans coming over to Europe to tell us how to do radio. Remember the NAB Europe events? They became dominated by US consultants sniffing for business and subsequently faded out altogether.
But Europe’s production conference The Imaging Days has been canny with its choice of American headline speakers. Neither would seem to be on the hunt for a consultancy gig and both have deeply impressive credentials.
John’s witty writing shaped the sound of KROQ in Los Angeles where he spent 14 years as Imaging Director, winning numerous accolades and awards.
John’s also the talent behind the Frostbytes library which is marketed by Premiere Radio Networks. Frostbytes was one of the first online station imaging services in the US and features new takes on music beds, sounds and sketches.
Judging by his video (above), he’ll make really entertaining company for delegates too.
KellyKellyKelly, as she’s affectionately known in imaging circles, Kelly is the Vice President of Imaging at iHeartMedia where she takes responsibility for the sound of around 800 US radio stations.
If you thought imaging two or three stations was a full time job, just imagine 800. Of course there’s some help at hand – her team numbers eighteen producers. We’ll find out how all that works from Kelly at this year’s conference.
Kelly’s production background includes many years as Imaging Director of KIIS FM in Los Angeles and her voice is on around 600 radio stations worldwide. You’ll know her as the voice of Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated shows.
The Imaging Days 2015 event
The organisers of this year’s event have confirmed it will be held on 5 and 6 October in The Netherlands. Tickets are available now and Earshot will be one of several blogs and sites covering the event live. This year it doesn’t clash with London’s NextRadio conference on 14 September which can only be good for everybody.
The Imaging Days return to the arts venue De Lichtfabriek in Haarlem once more. This proved to be an effective space last year with a friendly vibe and room to expand as the event grows. Organisers say they have made several improvements to the event, based on the experience and feedback from last year. Sessions will be tighter with time after each one to discuss what you’ve just seen with other delegates.
If you missed the inaugural event in 2014, you can read Earshot’s live picture blog of the two Imaging Days here and here.
…and the organisers have made a neat lookback video too…