Kurt Hanson is Founding Editor of the daily web-based newsletter called “RAIN: Radio And Internet News” (www.rainnews.com) and speaks around the world as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of online radio. (RAIN also hosts three conferences per year on the subject of Internet radio called RAIN Summits.) Kurt is also CEO of AccuRadio (www.accuradio.com), one of the world’s leading personalizable Internet radio brands, which reaches over a million listeners per month with its over 975 curated channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, country, Broadway, and more. AccuRadio is unique among major Internet radio properties in that it specifically targets the 35-to-64-year-old age group. He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Brad Hill (@BradHill), former President of RAIN, entered the company in September, after several years at AOL where he was VP of Audience Development, managing traffic growth across 65 online media brands. Brad has authored over 20 books about the Internet and music, including one of the first books about online music. He has been a broadcast radio DJ, audiobook narrator/producer, music producer, podcaster, and has five radios in his house to supplement his deep involvement with streaming music services. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, and is a classical pianist. Brad stepped down from RAIN’s leadership in October 2020, and currently writes the RAIN Daily Digest newsletter.
Lee Cornell, Vice President & Head of Summits, RAIN Enterprises USA | International: An internationally experienced Group Brand & Content Director in the UK, Australia, USA, and Canada. He is former Group Program Director of The Wireless Group (TWG Ltd) UK, developing and re-launching FM and AM stations across England, Scotland, and Wales; VP Affiliate Relations LDR Listener Driven Radio® USA; and OM/Mec Networks – McVay Media. Lee has managed team and talent development, group station license applications, operations, audience analysis for major broadcast groups, radio research, and station strategy and development. He has a strong focus on digital engagement across the full music, entertainment, sport and media spectrum.
Senior Writer Emeritus Anna Washenko (@AnnaGetsPithy) joined RAIN News in July, 2014, and departed in March 2020 at the start of Covid. A mainstay of the RAIN News website and Daily Digest, her byline appears over thousands of RAIN posts. Anna specializes in many aspects of the streaming audio industry. Her writing ranges from music licensing issues in Washington to digital radio adoption in Europe, from online audio in videogames to responsible rumor reporting. Her review of the Tidal music service is one of the most-read articles ever published on RAIN News.
Kurt’s dog Jackson is the official puppy (born June 2014) of RAIN’s Chicago office. He is a stunningly-wonderful mix, according to DNA testing, of boxer (brindle coat), pit bull (tug-o-war skills), and chihuahua (sleek hind legs), all combined with a sweet, diligent, and charming personality. Jackson also enjoys long-distance running, sidewalk cafes, swimming in Lake Michigan, socializing with cats, and Kongs with peanut butter inside.