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Joel Denver on Closing All Access: ‘I Didn’t Want to Hack It Up’

“The truth is the business has changed, and we just were not doing enough business to maintain the infrastructure, and the quality of product any longer.”

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Loyd Ford, host of The Encouragers podcast spoke with All Access founder Joel Denver about his recent decision to shutter the iconic site. 

Ford opened the show with words of appreciation for the work Denver has done in both radio and music. ” I, personally, myself, have many examples of where you have helped so many people throughout the years,” Ford said.

Ford then asked Denver his reason for shutting down All Access, “The truth is the business has changed, and we just were not doing enough business to maintain the infrastructure, and the quality of product any longer. And I did not want to hack it up. I did not want to sit there and do a half-assed job on the news,” Denver said. “It’s gotten really bad out there.”

Denver then expressed his deep gratitude for his staff, many of whom have been with the company since its very early days. “I’ve been really lucky to get a terrific staff of people some people have been with me almost as long as a company has been open.” 

He continued, ” They just they’re instinctually proactive. That’s the best way to describe it.”

Ford then took a walk down memory lane with Denver asking him about his idea for All Access back in 1995. Ford asked, “In 1995, you did something brilliant. You launched All Access. Did you know this is going to be a smash?”

Denver responded without hesitation, “I really did. And I’m not trying to sound overly confident. We put it up. I told half a dozen of my buddies in radio about it. I put one posting up on the AOL radio message board Message Center, I think it was called back then. And gave them the URL and before the end of the week, we had 1000 logins and I was like, ‘Okay, we got something interesting’.”

The All Access owner then shared his concern and well wishes for his staff members and their future in this ever-changing industry.

“This has been very painful. I’ve been more concerned for them than I am for my own self. And, you know, I want to see them all connect up and do something,” Denver said.

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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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