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DMR/Interactive Names Andrew Curran New CEO

Curran will be succeeding the long-time veteran Tripp Eldredge, who will continue serving as Chairman.

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DMR/Interactive, a prominent strategic marketing agency serving the radio industry in North America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Curran as its new CEO, effective July 1, 2023. Curran will be succeeding the long-time veteran Tripp Eldredge, who will continue serving as Chairman.

With the media landscape constantly evolving, Curran is known for his passionate advocacy of innovation. He will skillfully harness DMR/Interactive’s strategic marketing approach to enhance audience engagement and drive success for clients.

“I bought a radio with my First Communion money in 1986 and I’ve been preparing for this opportunity ever since,” said Curran, who has served as the company’s President and COO since 2013. 

In his new role, Curran’s initial focus will be conducting a listening tour, engaging with clients, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders. Expressing his excitement, Curran stated, “Having been with the company for 20 years, I feel like I’m just getting started. We have an exceptional team, remarkable clients, and I’m eager to embark on this journey.”

Prior to his achievements at DMR/Interactive, Curran demonstrated his commitment to the industry by authoring a senior thesis on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 while graduating Cum Laude from Boston College. He furthered his education with an MBA, earning honors from Thomas More University. Curran actively volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where he holds the distinction of being the organization’s youngest board president in its 150-year history.

Curran’s professional experience includes working for ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT, as well as iHeartMedia. He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife Liz and their four children: Anna, Bridget, James, and Claire.

“Since Catherine Jung launched our first campaign, we have been helping clients build relationships with the heavy listeners who matter most. As technology accelerates and audiences engage with content across multiple platforms, this philosophy becomes even more important and Andrew keeps us focused,” says Tony Bannon, VP of marketing strategy with DMR/Interactive. 

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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