Kurt Hanson


Kurt Hanson speaking at RAIN Summit Midwest 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 1:05pm

The 36th annual Conclave was three days of intense learning and networking, and those who persevered for the finale on Saturday heard expert insight at RAIN Summit Midwest about radio’s online future. In spite of some challenging weather on Friday, the Summit was a big success and RAIN would like to thank all speakers, panelists, sponsors and attendees. The afternoon featured engaging and thought-provoking discussions, not least of which was Lee Abrams’ keynote presentation.

Maloney named AccuRadio EVP/Programming

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:55am

Long-time AccuRadio program director Paul Maloney has been promoted to the full-time position of Executive Vice President/Programming, AccuRadio CEO Kurt Hanson and COO John Gehron announced today.

"For the past 13 years, Paul has skillfully managed one of the toughest dual positions in our industry — serving as both Executive Editor of 'RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter' and VP/Programming for AccuRadio," Gehron said, "and we believe that permitting Paul to focus full-time on AccuRadio will allow us to take that service to a new level of growth.

Maloney began his radio programming career at one of the nation's best-known student-operated commercial radio stations, WPGU/Champaign-Urbana. He eventually went on to program KFMZ/Columbia, MO, flipping the heritage AOR station to Alternative, and bringing its 12+ ratings above a 10 share before joining RAIN in the summer of 2000 as a journalist.

As for AccuRadio, it evolved out of a series of RAIN articles in 2000 through 2002 intended to show broadcasters how they could build a multichannel, personalizable Internet radio service. Beginning with three channels of music -- "Swingin' Pop Standards," "Modern Rock Classics," and "Piano Jazz" -- AccuRadio now offers over 975 personalizable channels of rock, pop, classical, jazz, country, R&B, Broadway, and more, targeting P35-64 listeners. Maloney is responsible for supervising the programming of all 975 channels, working with a team of in-house music programmers and outside programming consultants.

"We've just launched a state-of-the-art sixth generation of our technology platform that is bringing some amazing new features to AccuRadio," Maloney noted, "and I look forward to expanding our team of music programmers to take advantage of those features."

Hanson added, "It's been one of my great pleasures over the last 13 years to work with Paul on a day-to-day basis, and I'm thrilled we're now in a position to be able to let him devote his full-time attention to programming the AccuRadio product."

AccuRadio has outlived all of the other personalizable brands of the era in which is was founded, including NetRadio.com, AOL-owned Spinner, Yahoo! LAUNCHcast, WWW.com, MediAmazing, DiscJockey.com, and Viacom-owned Sonicnet. Maloney's promotion is effective immediately. His transition to his new full-time AccuRadio responsibilities will occur over the next month, as veteran journalist Brad Hill takes over RAIN editorial duties (see today's top story here).

Summits' Lane to lead new RAIN group; vet tech journo Brad Hill new RAIN VP/Managing editor

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:55am

RAIN Publications and RAIN Summits are merging to create a new company which will offer news, conference events, and more to the dynamic and rapidly-growing Internet radio and online audio industries.

The new venture, RAIN Enterprises, will include a revamped RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter website (to go live soon). RAIN Enterprises will be led by CEO Jennifer Lane (right), the longtime President of RAIN Summits.

Over the past several years, the RAIN Summits brand has expanded in scope and authority. The Summits are recognized as the premier educational and networking conferences for the Internet radio and online audio space. Together RAIN Summits and RAIN Publications create a combined entity greater than its parts.

Joining RAIN Enterprises is Vice President and Managing Editor Brad Hill (left), who brings an extensive background in digital publishing. The former GM of Weblogs, Inc., Hill was subsequently head of traffic at AOL, where he oversaw audience development across a large portfolio of media brands including Huffington Post, Mapquest, and Engadget. As a pianist and and ex-radio DJ, Hill has a passion for news about how technology is changing music and radio.

"This is an exciting time for RAIN," said RAIN founder Kurt Hanson. "The team of Jennifer Lane and Brad Hill working together will enable us to build the RAIN brand into a world class leader in news and information related to the rapidly expanding online audio industry."

RAIN Summit Orlando takes place on Tuesday, September 17, in affiliation with the Radio Show, which runs from September 18-20 in Orlando. The Radio Show is produced by the NAB and RAB. More on the RAIN Summit (including a link for registration) is here.

Listen to Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry Address from RAIN Summit Dallas

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:30pm

Kurt Hanson delivering his State of the Industry addressRAIN publisher and AccuRadio CEO/founder Kurt Hanson delivered his "State of the Industry" address at RAIN Summit Dallas.

He touched on various topics, including of how radio is entering a fourth golden age and how broadcasters can respond to the possible "innovator's dilemma" of Internet radio. Hanson also explained the importance of 801(b) to the future of web radio, especially when compared to the dangerous "gibberish" of "willing buyer/willing seller."

You can listen to Kurt's full keynote presentation below. Thanks to SoundCloud for hosting our audio!

Web radio monetization "not quite there, but it's coming," say industry executives at New Music Seminar

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:30am

New Music SeminarThe development of Internet radio monetization was a key focus among industry executives speaking at the New Music Seminar in New York.

"The monetization of online music is not quite there, but it’s coming," said Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman. TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger agreed, explaining that there's "a migration to Internet radio... it takes time for the marketplace to form."

Pandora Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales Steven Kritzman said, "Revenue is just starting to follow the model, and it will continue in an aggressive way, as the platform grows and evolves." RAIN publisher and AccuRadio founder/CEO Kurt Hanson recommended that "Internet radio must learn the lessons from the past," in particular keeping spotloads low.

You can find more coverage from Radio-Info here.

Percentage of smartphones among U.S. mobile devices crossing 50% mark

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 11:40am

Nielsen reports smartphone ownership is now more or less half of the mobile phone market in the U.S.  As of February, 49.7% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. own a smartphone; from just 36% 12 months prior. More than two-thirds of those who bought a new mobile device in the last three months got a smartphone. 

The obvious takeaway here: Half of those with mobile phones now also have a portable streaming radio device. Just about half (48%) of smartphone owners are on the Android platform, about a third (32.1%) have an iPhone, Nielsen reports.

In less than 2 weeks, we'll host our annual RAIN Summit West event in Las Vegas, leading off the NAB Show. It's hard to imagine that any panel, presentation, or speech won't at least touch on mobile. But we'll definitely hear more about mobile streaming during "The Connected Dashboard" talk on in-dash online radio solutions (with Robert Acker of Aha Radio, Sandhi Kozsuch of Cox, Carl Rohling of TuneIn, Jake Sigal of Livio Radio, Dan Steiny of Live365, moderated by Sam Milkman of knowDigital), and during Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry speech.

Get more details on RAIN Summit West (including the registration link) here. Read more from Nielsen here.

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