The announcement was intriguing: Accuradio aims to add 100 vacation music channels to its online service.
“We underscore the competitive and dynamic nature of AccuRadio by launching 100 holiday season channels at a rate of at least one per day,” said company spokesperson Michael Lev. “The last time I watched we were at 68 channels; last year we did 81 stations.
While I think it must be sort of a record if it does, I haven’t checked the numbers. Thanksgiving is barely over, so I just started to think about Christmas. Having said that, Accuradio is new to me, so I started my quest to find out more.
You can listen to Accuradio through the company’s website (AccuRadio.com) or through smartphone apps available for iPhone or Android. The audio quality is superb with full fidelity while listening in my truck.
One killer feature that I found almost accidentally is the mixing of stations: if you find a channel you like and want to add to it, you can combine the two. Or three. Or more. I combined the HitKast top 40 with Alternative Now and Today’s New Country to create a channel that I haven’t named yet. Maybe K-WAG would work.
The application is “compatible” with Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the sense that you can stream through your phone to your car stereo, but it is not “native”, which means that you cannot directly access it. app and make selections or changes on your car stereo main screen, but you can use the ‘now playing’ screen to pause music or skip songs.
Likewise, there is no native support for smart speakers, but you can send audio from your phone or computer to your speakers as long as you have the right setup.
Unlike the free versions of Pandora and Spotify, Accuradio – which doesn’t have paid versions – allows unlimited skipping, so if you don’t like a song or just don’t want to hear “Maggie May” just yet, you can just go to Next. Or the next one, without running out of jumps and getting stuck with “Modern Love”.
Here’s what caught me off guard: Service is nothing new! It was launched at the very beginning of radio streaming in 2000. Originally called RAIN radio due to its connection to founder Kurt Hanson’s RAIN newsletter – Radio and Internet News – Hanson later changed the name to Accuradio . The original three channels – pop standards, modern rock classics, and jazz piano – have evolved into around 1,000 channels covering more than 50 musical genres. All are organized by real people who are said to love music; many of whom have backgrounds in music, radio or television.
What inspired Hanson to develop an internet music service after a successful career in and around radio itself? Besides RAIN, he founded Strategic Media Research where, among other things, he launched an alternative rating service to Arbitron (now Nielsen) called AccuRatings. He has been working on radio since high school and has advised stations across the country.
“I haven’t thought about it for a long time – it was actually when I was in high school in 1972 in Milwaukee, listening to one of the first top 40 FM stations (WZUU-AM / FM),” he said. -he explains. “It’s been a great summer for music – Jackson Browne, the Stylistics, Badfinger, America, the Chi-Lites, Don McLean, Paul Simon, etc. Except every 70 minutes, the station destroyed the music stream playing Sammy Davis, Jr.’s “The Candy Man” because 8-year-olds were buying it and asking for it! ARGH! I dreamed of the day when radio programmers would have a better understanding of what their listeners wanted to hear – and even better if listeners could control what they hear.
This led Hanson to found Strategic Media Research and ultimately to launch Accuradio.
What sets Accuradio apart from other streaming services? Hanson says it’s personalization and personalization. “We have a lot more variety and customization options than AM / FM streams, and unlike Pandora (which is mostly programmed by computer algorithms using their Music Genome project), our channels are curated by real human beings who love music.
“We also have, unlike Pandora and its ilk,” he says, “real station voices to give us“ stationary ”, but these are mostly brief swipes that don’t distract from the music. “
Treasures for the troops
The little AM station I spoke about recently in Michigan – WION / Ionia (i1430.com) recently wrapped up its Treasures for Troops event, in which the station collects donations to send to U.S. military and military women around the world. whole. This is the eighth year of the event.
The boxes are filled with donations, including letters, cards, and notes from students in Saranac, Ionia, Lowell, residents of the Ionia area, and others. Each box also contains three “staple” items of Peanut Butter, Chunky Soup, and Jerky Beef, along with a variety of items from the locally published Needs List each year.
“186 boxes were mailed to serving military personnel deployed far from home,” said station manager Jim Carlyle. “The boxes will be a surprise to most recipients; however, some addresses were provided to the Blue Star Mothers by the families and friends of those deployed.
Richard Wagoner is a freelance columnist from San Pedro. Send an email to [email protected]