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Kurt Hanson

RAIN Radio and Internet Newsletter
Chicago, IL, USA
• Founder & CEO, AccuRadio.com (www.accuradio.com)
• Publisher & Founding Editor, "RAIN: Radio and Internet News” and RAIN Summits (www.rainnews.com)

Kurt Hanson is Founder and CEO of AccuRadio, one of the world’s leading brands of personalizable Internet radio. AccuRadio reaches over a million unique listeners per month with its over 975 channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, country, Broadway, world music, and more.

For the past two years, AccuRadio has been the America’s fastest-growing webcaster, according to Triton Digital’s “Webcast Metrics” Top 20 ranker (Mon-Sun 6a-12m, AAS, domestic, year-over-year growth rate.)

AccuRadio is unique among major online radio services in that it targets the 35-to-64-year-old audience listening in the workplace. AccuRadio has won two "People's Choice" Webby Awards for Best Radio.

Hanson is also Publisher and Founding Editor of the daily web-based newsletter called “RAIN: Radio And Internet News” (www.rainnews.com). RAIN hosts several conferences (“RAIN Summits”) globally each year on the subject of Internet radio and online audio. As such, Hanson is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of online radio.

Hanson has spent his entire adult life in the radio industry (with the exception of a six-month stint as a graphic designer on the major motion picture “Star Trek: Insurrection”). Starting in high school, Hanson worked at various AM/FM radio stations, including WZUU/Milwaukee, WOKY/ Milwaukee, WLS/Chicago, WDAI/Chicago, and WLUP/Chicago. Subsequently, he was Founder and CEO of Strategic Media Research (SMR), a market research firm respected throughout the radio industry, which he built into a $10 million business.

He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.