Between 1999 and 2013 Dave Bean helped pioneer Internet Radio as VP Internet Radio for Musicmatch Internet Radio; as Director for baseBeat.com placing Internet Radio at SingaporeAirlines.com; as General Manager for OnRadio.com overseeing music streaming and eCommerce; and currently as a Music Curator for Internet Radio at Slacker.com. He was a speaker at the 2001 Gavin Radio convention introducing Internet Radio and was a panelist at the 2008 Digital Hollywood Conference on Digital Music Innovation. Bean first introduced the concept of “Retail Radio” in 1999 and 2000 where music streams would have an impulse purchase tab imbedded for each song playing in-stream.
Prior to the Internet, Bean began his music industry career as a disc jockey, Music Director, and Program Director at KLRB “Album Oriented Rock” (AOR) radio in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. After 5-years in radio, Dave was hired by Pacific Arts Records, owned by Michael Nesmith (The Monkees) to promote their artists. Within two years, Bean became president of the company. David Bean then became president of CTI Records in New York, distributed by both major and independent distribution during his tenure. Shortly thereafter, Bean opened his own independent record labels and was one of the first to license songs to eMusic and iTunes.
Having the unique perspective of successful positions in both the Internet and music industries, Bean says that he has never experienced as much hype, lack of royalty payments, and bully tactics as in the Internet industry.