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It’s College Radio Day here at CMJ, so that means there’s a ton of awesome, college radio-focused panels on today’s Beater (in addition to our usual spate of amazing industry topics, of course). Here’s but a few of the highlights from Thursday’s schedule. For full details on every single panel, every solitary panelist this week, do yourself a favor and click here.

Music Directors’ Summit

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 405 (60 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012)

Welcome to our always-controversial college radio music director forum. Volunteers acting up? Digital submissions? Bullying? No topic is off limits as past and present music directors tell all. Bring questions. Presented by Sounds Australia.

Moderator: Greg Khaikin, The Planetary Group
- Allan Benedict, WLUW
- Marissa Greenberg, WPUB
- Maria Sherman, WNYU
- Erin Wolf, WMSE

Beyond Blog Famous: Music Discovery 2011

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802 (60 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012)

How the pros discover new artists and music. Preceded by a conversation with Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel and MTV’s Nic Harcourt. Known as the “bad boys of the industry,” Extreme has been breaking boundaries in the production world since its launch in 1997. Their catalogue includes such A-listers as Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and Xzibit, who partnered with Extreme in creating the first music videos ever filmed for production music tracks (and later got picked up on MTV). In addition to groundbreaking work with top-tier talent, they’ve also recently developed Hype Music, a partnership with MTV that develops unsigned talent to create tracks that get first look consideration for placement on MTV’s programs and exposure to Extreme’s music supervisor library. Tracks from artists signed to Hype also get digital distribution to consumers via MTV, and artists get a 50/50 split, all without limiting them from continuing to look for labels deals.

Moderator: Charles Slomovitz, US Music Manager, Shazam
- Jenny Eliscu, Host, Sirius XMU
- Ben Goldberg, Bad Da Bing Records + Management
- Angel Laws, Concrete Loop, Urban Fashionista
- Bruce Warren, Assistant Station Manager/Programmer, WXPN

Saving College Radio

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor (60 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012)

It’s all over the news: Our college stations are in peril. But those on the front lines can help. Learn about the current state of college radio, how to best win university support and what to do if your station is threatened. Presented by Sounds Australia.

Moderator: Ken Freedman, WFMU
- Omar Ahmad, WSOU
- Norm Prusslin, WUSB/Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
- Sharon M. Scott, WRVU Friends & Family
- Irwin Swirnoff, KUSF In Exile

Get On The Road! Touring In A Difficult Economic Climate

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 405 (60 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012)

Agents, venues, managers and other experts discuss how touring on $40 a day (or less) can (or can’t) happen for most emerging artists.

Moderator: Danny Garcia, Founder, FirstLive
- Megan Jacobs, Talent Buyer, The Roxy
- Mark Kates, Founder, Fenway Recordings
- Kalae All Day, Artist
- Allison Shaw, Director of B2B Marketing, Jack Prints
- Garry Velletri, Senior VP, Bug Music