“Our first choice was a no-brainer,” said Fred Jacobs in introducing the awards program. “Kurt Hanson is synonymous with innovation in our industry.”
Kurt Hanson founded the Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) in 1999, as a daily bulletin covering the then-new (and still emergent field today) of Internet radio. His innovations during that industry gestation period were not limited to observational writing. Kurt also founded AccuRadio, a pioneering online radio service that today serves about a million active monthly users with over 900 human-programmed music and comedy channels.
Beyond these accomplishments, Kurt Hanson is regarded as a preeminent expert in audio ratings measurement; earlier in his radio career he founded and operated Strategic Media Research, whose AccuRatings product competed with Arbitron.
Kurt co-founded the RAIN Summits series of industry conferences, with Jennifer Lane, currently CEO of RAIN Enterprises. Kurt highlights each Summit with a “State of the Industry” keynote address. (RAIN Summit Indy is September 9.)