2017 PRIMA Spring Conference Schedule

MONDAY, May 15, 2017

6 – 8:30 PM  Opening French Quarter Reception from 6-8pm, in the Riverview Room on 41st floor of the Marriott on Canal St, just 4 blocks from the Ritz-Carlton. The Riverview room has spectacular views overlooking the French Quarter and New Orleans Mississippi Riverfront. A great way to start your PRIMA conference in New Orleans with drinks, food, and conversation.

Directions to the reception

·  Upon exiting Ritz doors, take left on Canal St.

·  Walk 3-4 blocks until you hit the New Orleans Marriott entrance on the left
· Once in the hotel, go to the River Tower Elevators (to the right, closest to the Front Desk) and press 4-1 – this will take you up to the 41st floor
·  Once on Floor 41 – take Right to the Riverview 2 room

Note: there is also a “JW Marriott” on Canal St (can be confusing).  This is not where the reception is. It is at the “New Orleans Mariott” which is a 42 story building.

PRIMA Suite follows at the hotel. Details to be announced.

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017

We will be meeting in the “French Quarter Room” at the Ritz – 3rd floor. Same level as check-in and Bar/Courtyard.

7:30 – 8:45 AM   Breakfast Briefing: The FCC Under New Leadership, Ownership Reports, and More
Moderator: Dan Skinner

  • Ernie Sanchez, The Sanchez Law Firm
  • Joe Chautin, Hardy Carey Chautin & Balkin

9:00 – 10:00 AM   How to Sell Public Radio: Emerging Trends and Best Practices
Moderator: Christina Kuzmych

  • Jim Taszarek, Market Enginuity

10:15 – 11:15 AM   NPR News Update
Moderator:    Paul Maassen

  • Chris Turpin, VP NPR News and Operations

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Briefing:  NPR Digital Update
Moderator: Tim Eby

  • Tom Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer, NPR Digital Services

1:15 – 2:15   Legislative and Representation Update
Moderator:    Paul Maassen

  • Mike Riksen, NPR Vice President for Policy and Representation
  • Loren Mayer, Chief Operating Officer, NPR

2:30 – 3:45 PM   NPR/Station Compact Discussion
Moderator: Regina Dean

  • Loren Mayor, Chief Operating Officer, NPR
  • Gemma Hooley, VP Member Partnership, NPR
  • Tom Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer, NPR Digital Services

4:00 – 5:00 PM   GM Conversation
Moderator: Dan Skinner

  • Share your Successes, Lessons Learned and Other Insights with your Colleagues

Dinner on Your Own: Enjoy the French Quarter!

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017

8:00 – 9:30 AM   Breakfast Briefing: New Trends in Content, Platforms and Business Models
Moderator: Neenah Ellis

  • John Barth, Chief Content Officer for PRX
  • Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media, SonicAi
  • Eve Abrams, Localore Project Producer

9:45 – 10:45 AM   Update on Station Interconnect System
Moderator: Christina Kuzmych

  • Michael Beach, PRSS
  • Maryfran Tyler, PRSS

11:00 AM to Noon   PRIMA Annual Business Meeting and Conference Wrap-Up

  • Guest Speaker: Patty Cahill, CPB Board Member

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