AccuRadio

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AccuRadio is an independent, multichannel Internet radio property founded in 2000 which offers over 975 curated channels of rock, pop, jazz, country, classical, Christian, world music, and more.[1] Though based in Chicago, it is available internationally and reaches nearly one million listeners per month,[2] averaging in at about 500,000 listening hours per day. Between January 2015 and December 2015, AccuRadio listener traffic grew 80%, making it the fastest-growing personalized music webcaster in the U.S.[3]

Background[edit]

AccuRadio is based in Chicago. Their founder/CEO is Kurt Hanson, a University of Chicago alumnus who founded and continues to publish RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter from AccuRadio headquarters in the Loop.[4] Their executive vice president/sales is Michael Damsky.[5] Their COO is John Gehron.[6] The company also works with former broadcast radio personalities like Tommy Edwards,[7] Barbara Prieto[8] and Steve Cochran.[9] In 2015, AccuRadio rebranded itself to better target the 35-to-64 demographic of daytime office workers and saw listener traffic jump nearly 35% in a single month.[10]

Web streaming[edit]

Based on monthly reports from Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics service, AccuRadio is usually the eleventh most listened to web streaming service among all U.S. broadcast groups that stream online, with about 15,000 Average Active Sessions. Listeners average about 1.71 hours per listening session, nearly triple the session time of competitors such as Pandora and Spotify.[11] The service offers apps for iOS,[12] Android, Roku,[13] and webOS, all highly-rated at around 4.5 stars on the Apple, Android, WebOS Nation, and Roku app stores.[14] In January 2013, AccuRadio partnered with Aha by HARMAN to makes its content available via Aha apps in an Aha-supported automobile dashboards.[15] The service differs from its competitors in its curated-channel approach to music streaming, with popular channels such as "HitKast" (top radio hits), "Today's New Country", "Classic Hits", and "Smooth Jazz" attracting thousands of listeners each day.

Awards[edit]

AccuRadio won the People's Voice award for Best Radio in the 2006 Webby Awards, the AccuTunes interface built by AccuRadio won Best Radio again in 2008, and the AccuRadio IOS Handheld App was named an Honoree for the Best Streaming Audio category in the 2016 cycle.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About AccuRadio". AccuRadio Support. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  2. ^ Kharif, Olga (7 March 2007). "The Last Days of Internet Radio?". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Lesser-Known Music Streaming Service, AccuRadio, Grew 80%". Deviant Noise. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  4. ^ RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter
  5. ^ Feder, Robert (13 September 2012). "AccuRadio poised for ‘explosive growth’ with Damsky". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (7 December 2009). "Radio exec John Gehron to work with AccuRadio.com". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Tommy Edwards Signs On With AccuRadio To Program & Manage Chicago Stations". Chicago Radio and Media. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Veteran Urban Programmer Barbara Prieto Joins AccuRadio". AllAccess. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  9. ^ Feder, Robert (23 September 2010). "AccuRadio hires Steve Cochran just for laughs". WBEZ. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  10. ^ Peoples, Glenn (3 August 2015). "Behind the Ever-Changing Internet Radio Landscape and Niche Success of AccuRadio". Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  11. ^ Digital, Triton (13 June 2016). "Triton Digital Releases April 2016 Top 20 Ranker". Triton Digital. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  12. ^ "AccuRadio's iOS App Gets Rave Ratings". AllAccess. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Channel Store – Roku Streaming Player". 15 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  14. ^ "AccuRadio Is Music To Your Pre-Loving Ears". PalmWebOS.org. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  15. ^ Murphy, Hillary (7 January 2013). "Aha by HARMANTM Becomes Even More Musical with Addition of AccuRadio, Deezer, Rdio and SomaFM". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  16. ^ "AccuRadio Wins A Webby". Radiolink. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 

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