Forecast 2019: Beyond Alexa & Google Home


Get ahead of the next jump in technology at Forecast 2019 as Buzz Knight, EVP/Strategy and Innovation, Beasley Media Group, sits down with Ben Arnold, Senior Director/Innovation & Trends at Consumer Technology Association, in a fascinating interview on the trends and gadgets that will affect your budgets and bottom line — sooner than you expect.

A leading expert on emerging trends in the consumer technology industry, Ben Arnold will share his inside knowledge of new audio and imaging developments that can impact listening and numbers. Buzz Knight is a veteran programmer leading the charge to incorporate new technology and to maximize radio’s reach with each new breakthrough.

Get ahead of the curve and learn what’s next in the technology pipeline and how radio can take advantage of these shiny new objects to drive ratings and revenue.

Ben Arnold is a noted writer, researcher and analyst, and speaker on consumer technology,

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with over a decade of experience in analyst positions at The NPD Group, CTA, and USA Today/Gannett. As the lead spokesman on industry trends for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, Ben authors reports, presentations, and briefings on the technology market.

His work has been cited by international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Wired, and he has written for CNET, TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics), and Black Enterprise. In 2014, Ben was named to Dealerscope Magazine’s “40 under 40” list of industry standouts.

Buzz Knight has experienced broadcast radio’s technology evolution from all levels, as on-air talent, as a program director, and for 14 years as Senior Vice President of Program Development for Greater Media, responsible for overseeing the company’s content and brand strategies. In 2016 he joined Beasley Media Group as a Vice President of Programming following Greater Media’s merger into the company and was promoted in September to EVP/Strategy and Innovation. Buzz also serves on several audience measurement advisory boards including the Nielsen Audio Advisory Council and the National Association of Broadcasting Committee on Local Audience Radio Measurement (COLRAM). He recently launched a new podcast series called “Healthy Paranoia” where he talks with innovators and thought leaders about the pace of change in technology.


Forecast brings together the best and brightest talent in broadcasting and advertising to forecast the coming year, and to discuss the trends and momentums that will affect ratings and revenue.

From Washington to Wall Street, automobiles to mobile devices, Forecast focuses on what’s ahead in the broadcast community’s future and how to prepare for its opportunities and challenges.

This is the industry’s only forum that allows radio owners, CFOs, group executives, managers, and Wall Street analysts to gather for an open exchange on conditions and expectations for the coming year.

The conference concludes with the networking event of the year, the annual “Top 40” cocktail reception, honoring Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.

Seating at the event is limited. You can save $200 if you register now at the discount early bird price. Click here.

Radio Ink has secured a block of rooms at the Mansfield Hotel, directly across the street from the Harvard Club. Please click here to book your room today.


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