Upcoming Town Halls in Denver and Atlanta

Hey all -

We’re having Pandora town-halls in Denver and Atlanta next week. If you’re in one of those cities and haven’t gotten your email invite, send a note to ‘tour@pandora.com’ and we’ll put you on the list.

Town halls are a big part of what Pandora is about. They continue to be wonderful opportunities for us meet and communicate directly with listeners.

We love feedback and people at Pandora events often weigh in on how Pandora should look in the future. In addition, I talk a bit about some company history, as well as a look under the hood of the music genome, and our latest thinking about the future. The questions and discussions always cover a wide range of topics – from how the music genome project works, to licensing, to the latest device updates. Everything is fair game!

So if you’re in Denver or Atlanta next week I hope you’ll come and hang and chat for an hour and a bit, that’s usually how long the town halls last. And if you’re in another city and think it is time we had a town hall there, let us know by emailing ‘tour@pandora.com,’ and we’ll add it to the list!

Details below about Denver and Atlanta. See you soon!

-Tim (Founder)

Denver
When: Monday, June 21st, 6:30 p.m. (Note: the Denver Art Museum is closed for general admission on Mondays but the Sharp Auditorium will be open for this event.)
Where: Denver Art Museum’s Fredric C. Hamilton Building at 100 West 13th Avenue. The event will be held in the Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium.
RSVP: Send email to tour@pandora.com with number of guests
Directions: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/visit_us/plan_your_visit/location_and_hours

Atlanta
When: Tuesday, June 22nd, 6 p.m.
Where: Tabernacle @ 152 Luckie Street NW (1 block from Centennial Olympic Park, Philips Arena, The Georgia World Congress Center and The Georgia Dome)
RSVP: Send email to tour@pandora.com with number of guests

Tim Westergren

Founder http://www.pandora.com/profile/tim

50 thoughts on “Upcoming Town Halls in Denver and Atlanta

  1. I love Pandora. You folks got it right. The related musicians are the ones that I would pick myself. I also like the bios and the links to other sites where you can buy the CDs.
    May you live long and prosper!
    Also, thanks for making the captcha word readable.

  2. I just discovered Pandora and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! I always have a difficult time finding Christian music I can listen to. This is definitely a God-send. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!! What is amazing I can listen to it on my phone, too!!!

  3. First off I just want to say “where have you been all my life?” This is awesome and I love it. I listen to is at work all day, at every party and in my car! I was curious cuz I have been told you are making a pick a song option where if ya have what we pick you can hear it then, is this true that would be awesome?

  4. Used to listen a whole lot more, becoming too commercial. If you have to air commercials, maybe a little more intelligence in choice.
    “ask your doctor about shift work disorder”
    ???????
    are you f-in kidding me?

  5. I saw Tim on Colbert last night, and immediately signed up and listened for a couple of hours (until 1:00am; my 5:30am alarm sure came early!)
    The first thing I thought about was that I have Dish Network, which has Sirius radio and some other digital radio stations. I like to listen to that around the house, because with my system, I can hear it everywhere in my house. My computer? I have to be in the same room, and the sound is not as good unless I put on the earphones.
    It would be so nice to have Pandora as part of my Dish Network subscription. If I could sign on to my account on my computer and choose my station, and it would play over my Home Theater system and display the song information on my TV, I’d never listen to Sirius again!

  6. I only checked out Pandora because I saw an interview with founder, Tim Westergren a couple of nights ago on Colbert and couldn’t take my eyes off him! As shallow as that sounds, so be it, because I’m so glad I found this site. What a concept! I love it! Can’t wait to introduce my family and friends to it.
    Thanks for the great music, Pandora! I’m now a fan of both…haha.

  7. Hello this is the first time I’ve left a comment,i’m 38 yrs.old have 5 daughters (adopted wifes 3 nieces ) needless to say with 5 teenage daughters who are discovering the opposite sex I am finding things a bit hard to deal with ,had a Hard day Today and Discovered “PANDORA” and have been lost in my thoughts listening which has Actually Helped,Thanks Pandora Cheers !

  8. Saw Tim on Monsters in the Morning (Chicago am tv) explaining Pandora. I had downloaded the ap on my new phone a month ago as it was highly rated and really didn’t have any idea what it was, so never even opened it. Tried it yesterday at work since I can’t get any radio reception and streaming isn’t allowed. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! Especially for those of us that may know what we like, but don’t have every artists’ name on the tip of our tongues, and just want some background music. What a great idea! Thanks! And congrats for finally turning a profit…means you’ll be around for a long time!

  9. Im over in Iraq. Pandora is the only thing ive found that makes it feel like im back at home! Thank you very much!!

  10. i just got pandora today and i love it. the idea behind it is brilliant. it is like my own personal radio station. i can listen to my favorite songs and find new songs as well. i am soooooo going to tell my friends about this.

  11. Hi Tim, I just signed up for Pandora after reading about you and your company in Fortune magazine. Thank you so much for Pandora. It’s a wonderful service for music lovers like myself. Much continued success to you.

  12. NO MORE JUSTIN BEIBER ADS!! I CANT STAND THEM ANYMORE!! I WILL NEVER USE PANDORA AGAIN IF IT DOESNT STOP SOON!

  13. I am temporarily using a poor internet connection and those video ads just overload my system and prevent me from continuing with using your station. The ad appears, and I must close the window to precede.
    If you can’t figure out how to detect our downloading speed, then at least offer an option for low bandwidth.
    Foolish to alienate visitors just to increase ad revenue.
    And, ever think of self-creating ads for your customers that have a more musical quality to them? I’d rather have a song playing with some company’s sales pitch in the words for a minute than tolerate 15-seconds of annoying, invasive, old-school ads. And, if it is catchy enough I might even sing the slogan out loud!
    This site is particularly ad-dumb. Get creative, or loose visitors. (Back to itunes radio I now go…)

  14. I know that not everyone has $36 to spare or a credit card for paying for the subscription fee, but if you do I think it’s well worth it. There are no commercials and a longer wait before Pandora checks to see if you’re still listening. When I think of the money I’ve spent on disappointing CDs in the past, I find the $36 a bargain for a year of intelligent direction on CDs with songs that I love on them.
    I’ve been listening to Pandora since 2006 and I’ve discovered hundreds of artists and thousands of songs that I didn’t know about before. It’s a fantastic way to expand your universe of music you like.

  15. YOUR SITE IS FATASTIC. I AM REALLY IMPRESSED. WILL RECOMMEND IT TO ALL MY IPAD FRIENDS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  16. I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT. Just discovered the Instrumental Praise catagory, you guys have chosen some of the most inspirational selections I have ever heard. this music is good reading, meditating, exercising and just being still and listening to some excellent sounds.
    thanks so much for your service, you are the best.
    sw
    ps still trying to understand how to put on my touch phone

  17. When I’m listening to Drake radio I would appreciate it if I could hear more Drake I spend most of my time skipping songs rather than listening…that goes for any artist radio..

  18. Saw Time on Charlie Rose last night and I find the entire Pandora concept fascinating. The best of success to all of you and thanks for the great music.

  19. I just found Pandora while looking for some Christian music to listen to while eating dinner. I typed in Online Christian Radio Station and you were the first link. I typed in Gospel and it started playing music I didn’t much care for. Then typed in Southern Gospel and nothing came up. So I typed in Gaither and BOOM there it was. The music I was looking for. What great music. I was so excited. I then wanted to add Mike Speck to my station but unfortunately nothing again came up. But I tried the Kingsmen Quartet and found them. I truly wish you would add Mike Speck though. His music is wonderful. His cantanas are beyond wonderful. PRAISE is one of the best works of music I’ve seen in a long time. But I have to tell you I will be using your services while I cook, eat and clean up after dinner. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful site. I appreciate all you do. My God truly bless the wonderful work you are doing. I plan on sharing my station with my over 600 friends on FACEBOOK.

  20. Great interview on The Daily Show- Your faith in yourself and your business is truly inspirational. Congratulations on your success!

  21. My favorite singer on Pandora is Holly Near, who has a beautiful expressive voice and writes songs celebrating family, childhood, motherhood, peace, justice, and respect for all mankind. In her Pandora bio, the editors described her as a “radical left-wing lesbian feminist.” Since when is it left-wing radicalism to write and sing beautiful music for peace? And why is every other musician’s sexual orientations not noted in his or her bio? Come on, Pandora, you can do better than this slanted and judgmental language.

  22. Hey there. I photographed Tim and the Pandora employees 3 years ago. The images were just republished by Fortune magazine and I’ve posted a few out takes on my site. Go here to check em out.
    http://www.tellmewherethisis.com/
    Also, how do I send a link to Tim and the employees so they can check them out?

  23. i created a station with “life n mono” best decision ever!!!!now I’m listening to artists never knew existed like: Jem, Imogene heap, black box recorder, alpine stars, sleepthief, dubstar, frou frou to name a few…thanx Pandora

  24. I just discovered Pandora and was going to link to it but sadly there is none of my kind of music//songs. I am into anime and apparently they do not know what that is here at Pandora. If I don’t find something I like here very soon I will just withdraw until Pandora finds some for me. Sayonara for now- keimanzero the Scionof Anime aka K&K

  25. I love Pandora. Can’t wait for you to have a New York City town hall!
    If there is one thing I wish is that you gave the ability to ban an entire artist’s catalog. there are times based on things I like, i get a plethora of songs from an artist that I don’t care for, but I constantly have to “thumb down” the individual songs.
    By allowing to ban an artist as well as like an artist, the algorithm could be even better at suggesting songs.

  26. Sites like this make me appreciate music more. But is there any way to rein in the ads?

  27. Here is a good suggestion that I wish will get to somebody important. The new plasma tv’s that have the Pandora app installed in them are great, but with one major flaw. Their is no screen saver option. Which if you know about plasmas they tend to get burned by images that are stagnant for an extended period of time. Like that image that is on when pandora is running. A simple option of having a screen saver, or even adds for that matter would be safer to have playing on the tv. I love my pandora and I hope I will be able to listened to in one day though my tv without being scared of ruining it.

  28. I have LOVED pandora for a while – 2 years. I just discovered it for kid music. This morning we were listening to a station that I selected by using Veggietales as my search. They love giving thumbs up and thumbs down – even my 3 year old gets into it!
    Today after a commercial, my 6 year old asked me what porn was….He had heard the commercial for FAMILY JEWELS on A and E…There has to be some way to filter what commercials or least what words are used on the “Kid stations!”

  29. That Bucket List ad really bugs me….talking about things you want to do before you die…why not just things you want to do, rather than take after the movie?

  30. Just happened to be looking for some gospel music to lift my spirits, Lo and behold, I found it in you Pandora. You have just allowed me to choose you for my personal radio station.
    Thank you,
    Be blessed

  31. I love hearing people complain about the ads on Pandora. It just makes me all that much more happy that I actually paid the $36 a year for it. One less worry. :D

  32. I love Pandora too — but today I noticed again that Target is one of the advertisers on the site. As a Moveon member – I am aware that the Target corporation is using money to try to influence political outcome — with a severe right leaning adgenda. I would encourage Pandora users to investigate this and join me in boycotting Target stores until they are not using my money for the buying of politics.

  33. It bothers me that I cannot even skip one song without being directed to an advertisement. I used to love Pandora and I buy a lot of the songs after discovering them on your site!
    Now when I turn on my pandora to work out, I end up SO annoyed at how I have to keep listening to ads whenever I want to skip a song. And Matt, I don’t understand your comment. Because it would not make me happy if other people were unhappy. And why would I buy access to Pandora just to skip the ads when I can buy my favorite songs and have them forever for myself?

  34. DANCE OF THE NGEO RADIO ha! i tripped onto a THAI POP SPECTACULAR 60′S-80′S album in the Pandora stashbox with Johnny Guitar’s Dance of the Ngeo song, and created one of my new fave stations to listen to at work!! it’s rousey, swirly jazzy + sassy… it just keeps me smiling at the tunes you pull with funky, late 50′s~60′s, beatniky, surferish, doubleriffin’ instrumentals that layer over any silent airwaves (and computery office noises) ~ cool! love it ~ your music compilers are spot on with this station of OURS!! thanks pandora + tim !!!

  35. I saw the Charlie Rose show and thought I’d try Pandora. It is great! Exceeded my expectations. However, there is a little problem. There are two Frankie Miller’s. One as your bio points out was born in Scotland. The other “Blackland Farmer” was born in Victoria, Texas, and is quite a different animal. I found the Texas Frankie, but the bio was for the other. Got to be confusing with two different musicians with the same name and different bags. Anyway, I love Pandora.

  36. I really love Pandora.I listen to Paul WIillams and the victory trio.I usuallay like all the songs. But i would like to hear some by Reno and Smiley they have many gospel songs that would be this style.

  37. i love pandora – it is how radio ought to be! i just got a new blackberry torch, but the phone and/or it’s new 6.0 OS are not supported, how long must we wait?

  38. I was just writing in to offer a suggestion. I have been watching America’s Got Talent this summer and there is a male singer, Michael Grimm. I would advise of getting some access to his music, great voice, and he is current.
    Also, have you guys considered regionalizing the website. I konw it may be hard, but by understanding access points, and selling ad space to local buisnesses on the website, you’d be doing the same thing that radio ads do in the car. Someone, and some website needs to harness the potential add space the internet offers just like car radios have done to radio advertising. Your offering the radio on the net, you filter a lot of people to a common website, you may be able to regionalize it.
    Moving in that direction may be beneficial to both users and your company. I could listen to the radio and have an idea about events in the area with one click, and buisness deals, without really interrupting my music.

  39. I’m wondering if anyone else has been experiencing a freezing of Pandora when streaming on their Droid or Iphone? After the last software push, I’m so frustrated with it hanging up after 2 or 3 songs. The only way I can get it to continue to play is to turn my device off and then wait as it comes back on. I just spoke with the folks at Verizon and they said that it’s not the device but Pandora itself. The guy at the shop was hacked because he listens to his while he works out and he has to stop and get it to work again every 5 minutes or so!!!

  40. Tim, I am a paid subscriber and consider the expense well worth while. I like Pandora a lot. My tastes run from blues and jazz to latin, classical and opera. I have an eclectic mix of stations and after weeding out the things I don’t like, I can mix all of them an never have to put in another CD or listen to any commercials.
    I have a suggestion though. Your classical selections are woefully short on info. OK for Donald Duck or the Victor Dog maybe, but I would like to know about the orchestra, conductor, artist(s) performing and the recording date. Info on the composer is of almost no interest to me unless we are talking about a relative unknown.

  41. Pandora is one of the best creations in a long time. I just got into it, but love it! THe simple to use design and interface is amazing, and improved more by the precise music choices and suggestions made. I have an iPad 2 and if i were to make one improvement, it would be airplay capabilities so I can blast Pandora’s music through my stereo system. Hope you huys read this and make an update! Good job!

  42. thank you for giving me my music back! i live in north eastern colorado and get no reseption for tv or radio and was going crazy. keep up the good work!!!!

  43. Disovering Pandora was like discovering a new best friend.
    Thank you,
    Kathleen M,
    Denver, CO

  44. How does Pandora play suggestive artist? There’s a wonderful gospel quartet that been playing music for over 50 year in North Augusta, SC called the Abraham Brothers, the orginators. And, the Dynamic New Abraham Brothers, the younger group. They have a wonderful biography where they recorded a song dedicated to the victims that lost their lives in the train derailment in Graniteville, SC a few years ago. It’s called “Down at the Railroad Tracks.” Please look into this group and play their music. I’m finding that the radio and satelite stations all play the same thing. It gets redundant flipping from station to station and not finding a variety of music. Thanks for listening.