AccuRadio, music streaming’s only all-human-curated major music website, recently offered commercial radio programmers who had been displaced by industry cutbacks the opportunity to create a channel of their design for AccuRadio.com.
No longer constrained by commercial concerns, it was an opportunity to build the station they’ve always wanted to program with no limitations. A number of radio professionals submitted ideas and starting on Friday (May 1) AccuRadio will start rolling out these channels.
The first two to debut will be:
- The Crossing: A Christian channel featuring Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop titles. Developed by veteran San Diego programmer Mark Blackwell who worked at KYXY-FM for nearly 40 years The Crossing will target a younger audience than other Christian radio formats.
- Country Music SHEroes: Country music fans have expressed the desire to hear more from the great women of Country music and this channel will spotlight all of them from the legends that paved the way to today’s hit-makers and tomorrow’s stars. The channel was created by Ryan McCall a veteran of nearly 30 years at WGLR in Lancaster, WI which can be heard in the Dubuque, Iowa radio market.
Each guest curator who built a channel received a $300 stipend. Once the channels launch on AccuRadio.com, five $1,000 awards will be awarded to curators based on the following criteria:
- Channel with the most listening in its first 30 days
- Channel with the most user “favorites” in its first 30 days
- Most creative channel
- Best single-genre channel
- Best multi-genre channel