Jacobs Media Honors Joel Denver As 'Most Innovative'
November 7, 2014 at 4:24 AM (PT)
Each week, JACOBS MEDIA honors an "innovative" member of our business. This week, they've chosen someone we know pretty well -- ALL ACCESS' own, JOEL DENVER.
JACOBS writes, "There was a time when the most sought-after piece of mail radio stations received each week wasn’t a new release from a hot artist. It was the latest issue of RADIO AND RECORDS (R&R), 'The Industry’s Newspaper'. Most industry vets would agree that R&R was radio’s leading printed radio trade publication at its height, providing a weekly look at radio across the country, including columns dedicated to every major format, special features, music charts that included details on what songs each station was playing and, of course, the coveted want ads ('Pros On The Loose') where many a radio job was found. And of course, the latest gossip and comings and goings in 'Street Talk'.”
JACOBS continues, "but of course, the only constant is change, and that’s where the story of this week’s entry in our 'Radio’s Most Innovative' series begins. After 13 years in programming and a bit more than that as the Top 40/CHR Editor at R&R, JOEL DENVER decided it was time for a change. Leaving the paper late in 1994, he struck out to build a career path that mixed his three passions: music radio, and technology. In JANUARY of 1995, along with his wife and business partner RIA, he launched the ALL ACCESS MUSIC GROUP, INC.
"JOEL’s venture began as a successful business promoting music to radio stations, but then he stepped into uncharted territory in OCTOBER of 1995 when he launched the website ALLACCESS.COM long before most people even began considering the idea of online content supplanting the print format.
"ALL ACCESS is both a content and revenue success story, providing must-have information in a real-time format, and of course, generating revenue because it was -- and still is -- a free publication."