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Adam Curry
Adam Curry
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Curry in 2016
Born (1964-09-03) September 3, 1964 (age 56)
CitizenshipAmerican
Known for
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Children1
Call signK5ACC
Websitecurry.com

Adam Clark Curry (born September 3, 1964) is a podcaster, announcer, Internet entrepreneur and media personality, known for his stint as VJ on MTV and being one of the first celebrities personally to create and administer Web sites.[2] Also known for co-hosting the No Agenda show, in the 2000s, he first became involved in podcasting, and has been called the 'Podfather' because of his efforts.[3]

Early broadcast career

Adam Curry in 1984.

Curry was born in Arlington, Virginia, but lived in Amstelveen, Netherlands, from 1972 to 1987. After a time working in Dutch pirate radio at Radio Picasso in Amstelveen and Radio Decibel [nl] in Amsterdam in the early 1980s under the pseudonym "John Holden", he got a break in broadcasting as the host of the Dutch weekly pop-music television program Countdown, and the English version of the same show, which was broadcast on pan-European music channel Music Box. He also hosted several other radio and television programs for the Dutch broadcast station Veronica. Aside Countdown, in the Netherlands Adam Curry is mostly known for his part in the Curry and Van Inkel radioshow (together with Dutch DJ Jeroen van Inkel), broadcast on Radio 3 for Veronica between 19:00 and 22:00 on Friday.

In 1987, Curry became a VJ for MTV. Besides making spot appearances between music videos, he was also host of the programs Headbangers Ball and MTV Top 20 Video Countdown in which he interviewed stars like Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. While working for MTV, he also did radio work, including drive-time host for the New York City radio station WHTZ, and host of the national program HitLine USA.

Curry hosted the radio countdown show "Adam Curry's Top 30 Hitlist" for Entertainment Radio Networks from November 1991 to June 1994.[4]

Web and MTV.com

Curry registered the then-unclaimed domain name "mtv.com" in 1993 with the idea of being MTV's unofficial new voice on the Internet. Although this move was sanctioned by his superiors at MTV Networks at the time, when Curry left to start his own web-portal design and hosting company, OnRamp Inc, MTV subsequently sued him for the domain name.[5]

OnRamp eventually grew to 4,000 employees and was sold to Think New Ideas Inc., another company that he co-founded, becoming Chief Technology Officer of Think. In 1996, as the Internet was undergoing its "bubble", the company made an initial public offering on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol THNK. It subsequently grew to employ over 7,400 people, with offices in seven countries, and was absorbed into Answerthink Inc. in a later merger.

In 2005, Curry founded a video-sharing site called PodShow, which later changed its name to Mevio, with Ron Bloom. In May 2008, Mevio claimed to have reached 9 million unique visitors. It offers advertisers "brand-safe" content on a large scale. It raised a US$15 million third round in July 2008, bringing the total amount it has raised since its launch to over US$38 million.[6] Mevio later rebranded as Bitesize Entertainment[7] and ultimately BiteSizeTV, located in Los Angeles, CA.[8]

Enterprises in the U.S. and Europe

After selling his business in the U.S., Curry and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1999, where Curry hosted a morning talk/music show for Radio Veronica. He also landed various television assignments and his family briefly starred in the reality show Adam's Family.[9]

Curry and two business partners founded the multimedia company United Resources of Jamby in 1999. It was to act as an incubator and cultivator for new Internet-related businesses. The business was ultimately unsuccessful. Curry's participation in Kennisnet, another venture to introduce the Internet to Dutch schools, ended in a bitter argument and lawsuits.[10] Sportus.nl, an online webshop in collaboration with Dutch athletes like Marcel Wouda, Jacco Eltingh, Ron Zwerver and Daniëlle Overgaag, started in 1999, went bankrupt in 2001.[11] Another content exchange project, Freedom Controller,[12] was cancelled in 2002.[13]

In 2000 he and business partner Simon Cavendish, a participant in his earlier ventures, founded the RotorJet company to offer helicopter services. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2005. In the subsequent dispute, Cavendish seized the assets of the company, and in April 2005, Curry was ordered by a Dutch court to repay approximately US$3 million that he had withdrawn from RotorJet.[14]

In 2002 he produced and starred in the reality soap Adam's Family: een kijkje in het leven van de familie Curry which was aired by the Dutch SBS6 network.

Podcasting

Curry founded PodShow, now Mevio, with his business partner Ron Bloom, in January 2005. PodShow is a podcast promotions and advertising company that encompasses the Podshow Podcast Network, the Podcast Delivery Network, and the Podsafe Music Network. Some of Podshow's top podcasts are Curry's own Daily Source Code, The Dawn and Drew Show, and GeekBrief.TV.[15]

From June 2005 to May 2007, Curry hosted a weekday evening show on Sirius Satellite Radio called 'Adam Curry's PodShow'.[16][17]

Since October 2007, he has hosted the twice-weekly podcast the No Agenda Show with John C. Dvorak, discussing recent news whilst deconstructing mainstream news media.

Curry has heavily promoted his podcasting endeavors. He promoted his podcast Daily Source Code in Second Life under the name 'Adam Neumann',[18] along with a Second Life island called Podshow Island. Curry used podcasting to endorse 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul.[19] He also uses his show to discuss alternative takes on topics in the daily news, as well as offering up topics of discussion that are "off the beaten path", such as Free energy suppression[20] and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Curry is widely credited for popularizing the podcast medium. As Annalee Newitz noted in Wired, "Every new medium needs a celebrity, and Curry is happy to fill that role."[21]

On March 4, 2020, Curry appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast The Joe Rogan Experience[22] and later re-appeared on September 8, 2020. During the September show, he discussed having Tourette syndrome. Curry returned to the podcast for a third time on July 6, 2021.

Creative Commons licensing

In February 2006, Curry sued the Dutch tabloid Weekend for reprinting photos from his Flickr page and publishing details about his daughter.[23] The photos were released under a version of the Creative Commons license that forbids commercial use and requires acknowledgement, but the tabloid printed a few of them without contacting Curry.[24] The verdict did not award Curry any damages, but forbade the tabloid from reprinting the photos in the future, setting a fine of EUR1,000 for each subsequent violation. It was one of the first times the license was tested in court.[24]

In May 2009, Curry posted on his blog that another Dutch tabloid had published another Creative Commons-licensed photo from Curry's Flickr account.[25] After Curry asserted Creative Commons license requirements, the publisher settled on Curry's terms.[26]

Personal life

Since 1999, Curry has, at one time or another, lived in Belgium, Guildford, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin.

Curry was married to Dutch television/radio personality Patricia Paay from 1989 to 2009. They have a daughter, Christina.

In July 2012, Curry married Micky Hoogendijk. On January 29, 2015, Curry announced on the No Agenda show that he and Hoogendijk had separated.[27] Hoogendijk and Curry divorced in 2015.

Curry married his girlfriend of four years, Tina Snider (dubbed "The Keeper" by John C. Dvorak on the No Agenda Show), on May 19, 2019, in Austin, Texas.[28]

Curry is the nephew of former CIA official and United States Ambassador to Korea, Donald Gregg, whom he calls "Uncle Don" in his podcast.[29]

See also

References

  1. ^ "A Chat with Adam Curry". verbosity. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (17 May 2006). "How an ex-VJ transformed conventional media into the vox populi. Ever hear of podcasting?". sfgate.com. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "LAtimes". Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Curry, Adam (30 June 1994). "A warning about ERN network!". redwaveradio.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "MTV vs. Curry". Archived from the original on 1 April 2007. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Mevio, Formerly PodShow, Raises $158 Million Third Round". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Mevio becomes Bitesize Entertainment". Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Bloom settles in Hollywood with BiteSizeTV". Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Adam's Family". IMDb. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Wilbert de Vries (2003-05-16). "Problems for Kennisnet" (in Dutch). Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Nieuwe sportwinkel mikt op Europese markt" (in Dutch). Sportus.nl. December 16, 1999. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Ad Mulder (2001-01-23). "Interview with Adam Curry where he speaks about his Peer2Peer video sharing program Freedom Controller" (in Dutch). Retrieved .
  13. ^ Maarten Reijnders (2002-12-19). "Freedom Controller canceled, Jamby B.V. chapter elevened" (in Dutch). Retrieved .
  14. ^ Miller, Martin (2006-05-25). "'Podfather' plots a radio hit of his own : LA Times". PodShow, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "SIRIUS Satellite radio partnering with Adam Curry" (Press release). SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Sirius and Podshow end their contract". April 24, 2007. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Sekiya, Baron (2006-05-03). "Adam Curry discovers Second Life". MediaBaron.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2006. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Lewin, James (28 December 2007). "Podfather Adam Curry Backing Ron Paul". Archived from the original on 31 May 2008.
  19. ^ Daily Source Code Episode 781, "Confessions of a multimedia hitman"
  20. ^ "Adam Curry Wants to Make You an iPod Radio Star". Wired. March 2005. Archived from the original on 9 February 2007. Retrieved .
  21. ^ @joerogan (4 Mar 2020). "Patient zero in the global podcast infection! The original! The Podfather, Adam Curry! It was an honor and a privilege to sit down with the OG. I knew it was going to be fun, but it exceeded even my lofty... instagram.com/p/B9U1KrqlBm5/" (Tweet). Retrieved – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Garlick, Mia (2006-03-16). "Creative Commons Licenses Enforced in Dutch Court". Creative Commons. Retrieved .
  23. ^ a b Marsen, Ingrid (March 21, 2006). "Creative Commons license upheld by court". cnet. Retrieved .
  24. ^ Curry, Adam (2009-05-29). "Defending Creative Commons, Again". Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved .
  25. ^ Linksvayer, Mike (18 June 2009). "Adam Curry wins again!". Creative Commons. Retrieved 2013.
  26. ^ Curry, Adam. "No Agenda Episode 691 - "Ten Minute Timer"". curry.com. Adam Curry. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ Curry, Adam. "No Agenda Episode 1138 - "Pregnant Person"". curry.com. Adam Curry. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ "Adam Curry's Weblog". Radio-weblogs.com. 2003-07-19. Retrieved .

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