Chocks away: Wayne Stamm heads to Radiodays Europe

radioinfo’s Wayne Stamm is off to Malmö to cover Radiodays Europe, and filed this story as he headed for Sydney International for the flight to Europe.

My bags are packed, I’ve got a warm jacket, scarf, computer, headphones, and my Opal pass to get me to Sydney International Airport for the flight to Copenhagen and then on to Malmö for Radiodays Europe.

Oh, yes and my Passport. I say this with the confidence of someone who has left his passport at home and had to turn around on the M1 to go back and get it, and has also left it in a hotel safe in Las Vegas, only to discover that fact in LA on the morning of the flight home from an NAB Show.

It takes 8 hours to drive to Las Vegas and back, but only 2 hours to drive home on the M1.

Radiodays organiser Rosie Smith insisted I should also take 6 pairs of shoes, so my feet don’t get sore, murmuring something about lessons learnt during her modelling days, but I don’t have room for 6 pairs and a long coat, so I’m only taking 2, and I’m not planning on modelling anything.

I am also looking forward to this conference as it is focused on radio/podcasting/audio unlike the NABShow which takes in everything ‘broadcast’ including TV/video meaning it’s sometimes easy for radio to get lost.

And there are some really interesting sessions this year with Radiodays Women, a Youth forum, Podcast Summit, sessions headed by names I know well, including Grant Blackley, Caroline Beasley, Francis Currie, Joe D’Angelo, Tom Webster and James Cridland, as well as a session on the war in Ukraine and its effect on broadcasting.

Some of the sessions I’ll be attending include, Rise of Audio Drama, American regional radio in a digital age, Radios quick response in a crisis, Triton Digital’s Q&A, How Oldies and Classic Hits took over radio, and more.

There is a lot packed into the three days of Radiodays Europe, and I’ll get to as much of it as I can, reporting back daily for radioinfo.