Radio futurologist > Keynotes

I speak with overwhelming positivity about radio and podcasting, while giving pause for thought about the past, present and future of the medium. Almost all my presentations include video and audio - with concrete examples from across the globe, enabling audiences to learn from best practice. As a conference organiser myself, I know what makes a good and enjoyable session, and deliver a session that's both thoughtful and entertaining.

Suggested sessions

  • The state of podcasting - a comprehensive look around the world of podcasting - how it's consumed, where the medium is going, and some suggestions to increase it yet further
  • Great ideas from radio across the world An entertaining world tour of radio, with new ideas in content, sales and platforms to get your creative juices flowing; and a look at the future of radio, from those already involved in it.
  • New platforms - new revenues - new opportunities With examples and case studies from all corners of the world, I demonstrate how radio listening is changing, how revenues are changing too, and how stations are using new platforms and technologies to reach audiences in new and creatively interesting ways.
  • The world's greatest radio apps What makes the world's greatest radio apps? Hear developers from across the world talk about new features and new ways of thinking about radio apps: and see some of the best. From the man who launched the world's first radio app back in March 2005.

I tailor every presentation to audiences and individual conferences.

Watch some:

Many people use me to set the scene for the day. Here are two examples:

  • OzPod 2017, Melbourne VIC, Australia, 2017: The state of podcasting in 2017
  • ASI Conference, Nice, France, 2017: The changing radio landscape from a measurement point of view


In conference feedback, my keynote speeches regularly score as among the most enjoyable and informative; and I am regularly invited back to conferences for future years. Some examples of feedback include:

“Your presentation was exactly what we hoped for - a great tone-setter for the rest of the day. And your contributions to the panel are already much-quoted by the industry trades.” - Fred Jacobs

“James recently presented a terrific keynote speech at the RadioTech Summit that I organized for Radio Ink magazine at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center. The audience reaction was extremely positive to James' comprehensive and entertaining tour of new radio developments around the world, replete with multimedia examples. I recommend him highly as a presenter at any radio- or new media-related event.” - Skip Pizzi

“Coming up with ideas for Multi-Platforming the station thanks to the brilliant lecture by @jamescridland at #sracon!” - Matt Green

Conferences attended

I speak at many different conferences across the world, from small and intimate company gatherings to conferences with over a thousand attendees. Here's a list of some of the conferences I have spoken at over the last few years.

University of Queensland, Australia
Byron Bay FM, Byron Bay NSW, Australia
Radiodays Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Worldwide Radio Summit, Los Angeles CA, United States
Asian Media Summit, Qingdao, China
Light FM, Melbourne VIC, Australia
OzPod 2017, Sydney NSW, Australia
Next Radio, London, UK
Austrian Media Days, Vienna, Austria
Association of Community Access Broadcasters, Hamilton, New Zealand
Artvelde Hogeschool, Ghent, Belgium
ASI Radio, Nice, France
RAIN Summit Australia, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Vista Radio Sales Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada

Radiodays Europe, Paris, France
Hacks/Hackers, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Technorama, Campbelltown NSW, Australia
RAIN Summit, Las Vegas NV, USA
Asian Media Summit, Incheon, Korea
WAB, Banff, Canada
CBAA Conference, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Southern FM, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Malaysian Commercial Radio, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
OzPod 2016, Sydney NSW, Australia
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Radiodays Europe, Milan, Italy
Critical Waves, University of Birkbeck, London
BBC Fusion, London
Canadian Music Week, Toronto, Canada
Asian Media Summit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Deutschlandradio lab, Cologne, Germany
GCA Summit, Berlin, Germany
RAIN Summit, Atlanta GA, USA
National Radio Conference, Gold Coast QLD, Australia
ASI Conference, Venice, Italy
Futuri Media Conference, Cleveland OH, USA

RadioDNS General Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain
BBC Sound Matters, Salford, Bristol and Belfast, UK
Radiodays Europe, Dublin, Ireland
RAIN Summit West, Las Vegas NV, USA
NAB Show, Las Vegas NV, USA
RadioRadio, Aarhus, Denmark
Radiodays Johannesburg, South Africa
National Radio Conference, Melbourne VIC, Australia
NAB Futures Conference, California, USA
VPRO, Hilversum, Netherlands
Russian Radio Academy, Moscow, Russia

Radioday, Helsinki, Finland
Radio conference, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Goldbach Media client conferences, Zurich/Lausanne, Switzerland
Tuning into Diversity, Utrecht, Netherlands
RTBF Pow Wow Radio, Brussels, Belgium
FM+ Radio Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel
RadioDays Europe, Berlin, Germany
Canadian Music Week, Toronto ON, Canada
BCAB, Penticton BC, Canada
BBC Radio 5 Live producer discussion day, Salford, England
Radiodays Vienna, Austria
IBI Conference, Dublin, Ireland
RAIN Summit Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Asia Media Summit, Manado, Indonesia
Manchester Publicity Association, Manchester, England
International Radio Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
IBC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TechCon, Salford, England
ASI Conference, Venice, Italy

International Think Tank: The Radio Feature in the Digital Age, Leipzig, Germany
BBC Academy, London, UK
Danish Institute, London, UK
UTV Media Local Radio Managers Conference, Stoke on Trent, UK
RadioDays Europe, Barcelona, Spain
Canadian Music Week: Social Media, Toronto ON, Canada
Canadian Music Week: Radio Interactive, Toronto ON, Canada
Creative Loop Student Media Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
International Radio, NAB Show, Las Vegas NV, USA
Internet Media Device Alliance Automotive Working Group, Paris, France
Tuning into Diversity, Utrecht, Netherlands
BCAB Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada
IAB Congress, Kiev, Ukraine
Jo'burg Radio Days 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa
RTE Radio Management Meeting, Dublin, Ireland
Medienforum.NRW, Cologne, Germany
Radio Senior Executives Academy, EGTA, Brussels, Belgium
Immovator, Hilversum, Netherlands, London, UK
International Radio Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
OiConf - the social media conference for Wales, Newport, Wales
Radio 2.0, Paris, France

NPOX Radio Lab, Hilversum, The Netherlands
EBU Radio Week, Geneva, Switzerland
University of Brighton, Hastings, UK
RadioDays Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Marketing Week Radio Conference, Athens, Greece
VRT Wild Radio Lab, Belgium, Brussels
RadioInk Tech Summit, Mountain View CA, USA
BBC Audio & Music Interactive Conference, London, UK
TISA General Assembly, Lyon, France
International Radio Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
Lokalradiorundfunktage, Nuremberg, Germany
IBC, Amsterdam, Netherlands, London, UK
Prix Italia, Turin, Italy
SEEME, Sofia, Bulgaria
REC Radiocentrum, Brussels, Belgium
Radio Festival, Salford, UK
ASI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BBC Global News internal conference, London, UK
Jacobs Media Summit, Baltimore MD, USA

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