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The former Head of Product of NextRadio Ben Husmann Joins AccuRadio as COO

AccuRadio has hired experienced radio and tech executive Ben Husmann as its Chief Operating Officer. As a result, the company hopes to spearhead its next phase of growth.

About AccuRadio

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AccuRadio is a free internet radio company. Based in Chicago, the company has nearly 1000 music channels in over 50 musical genres. AccuRadio has over 1.5 million unique listeners per month.

In 2000 by Kurt Hanson founded AccuRadio. Previously, Kurt was a radio industry expert. He founded AccuRadio because he wanted to encourage his broadcaster friends to take their stations online. Since founding, AccuRadio has grown into an easy-to-use radio replacement, curated for “tune in and leave it on” listening by a team of human music lovers, musicians, and genre experts. AccuRadio’s audience is one of the most upscale and dedicated audiences in the industry.

Ben Husmann’s experience

Ben Husmann

Ben Husmann has music product expertise and a passion for listener-centered design. According to his Linkedin page, he originally began his career as a web developer. Later, he worked as Director of Product Development for Emmis Interactive, a position he held for over 11 years.

He began his career at NextRadio in 2011, starting as Director of Product Development. He later got promoted to Vice President of Product Development before serving as Senior Vice President of Product and Technology.

As Senior Vice President Product for NextRadio, Husmann led the product and engineering teams to introduce innovative FM radio consumer apps and business to business content management and broadcast radio attribution solutions. 

Expectations for the platform

It is expected that Ben Husmann will drive new development and growth for the next generation. He will also upgrade and update the AccuRadio platform. The new platform will be able to support more listeners. In fact, each listener will have their own unique listening experience. Listeners will also be better optimized for listening on mobile, smart speakers, and in a vehicle.

Statements

Ben Husmann made the following statement about his new position:

I’m thrilled to get to lead the product team in this exciting time. We are expanding AccuRadio’s capacity and features, so that more people can listen in more places.

AccuRadio founder and CEO Kurt Hanson also made a statement.

Ben is the perfect COO for AccuRadio. His strong design skills, familiarity with the challenges of helping radio launch online products, and years of experience running developer teams make Ben exactly the executive we need to lead us to becoming the most-listenable, lean-back music experience on all emerging platforms.

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