PRIMA Spring Conference Agenda

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April 27-29, 2016

(Please note that ALL meetings are at WFYI, 1630 North Meridian St, Indianapolis) 

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016

6 – 8:30 PM  Indianapolis Colts Grille – Peyton Manning Room
Featuring a Fajita Bar Buffet (Located a block from the hotel)

PRIMA Suite follows at the hotel (Room #tba)

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016

7:30 – 8:15 AM  Breakfast: Let’s Talk
Moderator: Dan Skinner, Kansas Public Radio

  • What’s happening at your stations?
    • Challenges/Opportunities
    • Lessons Learned: What Worked, What Didn’t

8:15 – 8:50 AM  The NextRadio Project
Moderator: Dan Skinner, Kansas Public Radio

  • Jeff Smulyan, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Emmis Broadcasting

9:00 – 10:20 AM  The Future of NPR News
Moderator:    Tim Eby, St. Louis Public Radio

  • Chris Turpin, VP NPR News and Operations
  • Scott Montgomery, Managing Editor, NPR Digital News

10:30 – 11:45 AM  NPR Digital Update
Moderator: Dan Skinner, Kansas Public Radio

  • Stephanie Miller, Managing Director, NPR Digital Services
  • Tamar Charney, Local Editorial Lead, NPR One
  • Joel Sucherman, Senior Director, NPR Digital Products

12:00 – 1:15 PM  Lunch Discussion: NPR/Station Compact
Moderator: Neenah Ellis, WYSO

  • Loren Mayer, Chief Operating Officer, NPR
  • Gemma Hooley, VP Member Partnership, NPR
  • Michael Lutzky, VP Business Development, NPR

1:30 – 2:50 PM  Radio and the Connected Car
Moderator:  Steve Schram, Michigan Radio

  • Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media

3:00 – 4:20 PM  Reaching New Audiences
Moderator: Paul Maassen, WWNO

  • Anya Grundmann, VP Programming and Audience Development, NPR
  • Melinda Ward, Chief Content Officer, PRI
  • Nancy Cassutt, executive director, MPR News and programming
  • John Barth, Chief Content Officer, PRX

4:30 – 5:00 PM  Tour of WFYI Facilities

05:30 PM – Bus to Indy 500 Event Departs from Hotel

6:00 – 9:00 PM  Indy 500 Hall of Fame at the Raceway
Kiss the Bricks Tour (30 min. guided tour of the track and key sites)
Includes a photo opportunity at the finish line and pit row.
Dinner in the museum (Bus transportation provided from hotel)

– PRIMA Suite follows at the hotel (Room # TBA)

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016

8:00 – 9:20 AM  What’s New at the FCC?
Moderator: Regina Dean, WUOT

  • FCC Update and Q&A with Meg Miller and Ernie Sanchez

9:30 – 10:30 AM  The Future of the Station Interconnect System
Moderator: Mike Savage, WBAA

  • Michael Beach, PRSS
  • Maryfran Tyler, PRSS

10:40 AM to Noon  Legislative Update & Community Voices 2016 and Conference Wrap-Up
Moderator: Dan Skinner, Kansas Public Radio

  • Legislative Update & Community Voices 2016
    • Mike Riksen, NPR Vice President for Policy and Representation
    • Allison Novack, NPR Policy and Representation
  • Open Discussion Between Managers
    • What have we learned?
    • What questions remain?

Note: Box lunches available for those who need to leave at noon or stay and talk.

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