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The Australian Radio Conference gets Dom Sagolla as keynote speaker

The Australian Radio Conference has announced its speaker line-up which includes Twitter co-creator Dom Sagolla as its keynote speaker.

The announcement:

One of the co-creators of social networking service, Twitter, Dom Sagolla will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Radio Conference, to be held in Melbourne on October 15.

The American was one of the team, led by Jack Dorsey, that originally created Twitter in 2006, and has written the definitive style guide for Twitter and short form communications – “140 Characters, A Style Guide for the Short Form” on how best to tweet. His three top tweeting tips: first is brevity; second is describe (you are telling a story) and thirdly, make it simple. Since its creation in 2006, Twitter has more than 100 million users worldwide.

Dom, is also the founder of DollarApp, which focuses on producing specialised iPhone applications for a common price. He started his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom.

Dom will talk about the uses and impact of Twitter in the media, twitter etiquette and also look at future implications for social networking and communications.

The 2010 Australian Radio Conference will be held at Crown in Melbourne on October 15. The annual conference is a highlight for the Australian radio industry and has featured legendary keynote speakers over the past few years including last year, Sir Michael Parkinson, and in previous years, Sir Bob Geldof; G. Gordon Liddy; Clive James; Barry Humphries, Imran Khan and Nigel Lythgoe as well as the voice of The Simpsons, Harry Shearer and one of the world’s funniest men, John Cleese.

Also speaking at this year’s conference are radio legends, John Laws (broadcaster), Rod Muir (pioneer of FM radio), Paul Thompson (pioneer of FM broadcasting) and Greg Smith (programming pioneer for all formats) who will combine in a special panel session discussing the key principles of good radio. All four speakers are members of the industry’s Hall of Fame and combined, provide many years of radio experience. The session will be chaired by Triple M’s Paul Murray.

This year’s conference also includes a panel featuring 3AW’s Derryn Hinch, ARN’s Amanda Keller, Nova’s Merrick Watts and Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW, Professor Catharine Lumby, looking at the sometimes controversial question of what is acceptable on-air content today; where we are heading; and how more regulation impacts on on-air staff and their creativity.

There is also a special Gruen-style session where advertising agencies and industry experts will pitch their ideas on how to position radio in the changing digital media landscape

The Federal Minister for Communications, Senator Conroy will open the Conference and provide the Government’s view on the future of radio and the media in general. The full conference program will be released shortly.

Source:  Commercial Radio press release

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