Adam Clark Curry (born September 3, 1964) is a podcaster, announcer,
internet entrepreneur and media personality, known for his stint as VJ
MTV and being one of the first celebrities personally to create and
administer Web sites. Now known mostly 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.
On December 29, 2017, the Dutch broadcaster AvroTros announced that
the 2017 'Marconi Oeuvre Award' will be given to Adam Curry.
1 Early broadcast career
2 Web and MTV.com
3 Enterprises in the U.S. and Europe
Creative Commons licensing
6 Personal life
7 See also
9 External links
Early broadcast career
Adam Curry in 1984 with a New Guinean rat.
Curry was born in Arlington, Virginia, but lived in Amstelveen,
Netherlands, from 1972 to 1987. After a time working in Dutch pirate
Radio Picasso in
Radio Decibel (nl) in
Amsterdam in the early eighties 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
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
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.
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.
OnRamp eventually grew to 4000 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 7400
people and 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.
rebranded as Bitesize Entertainment and ultimately BiteSizeTV,
located in Los Angeles, CA.
Enterprises in the U.S. and Europe
After selling his business in the U.S., Curry and his family moved to
Netherlands in 1999, where Curry hosted a morning talk/music show
Radio Veronica. He also landed various television assignments and
his family briefly starred in the reality show Adam's Family.
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. 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. Another content exchange project, Freedom Controller,
was cancelled in 2002.
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.
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
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,
From June 2005 to May 2007, Curry hosted a weekday evening show on
Radio called 'Adam Curry's PodShow'.
In late 2005 Curry was caught making anonymous edits to the Podcast
page, deleting several sections concerning contributions
made by fellow podcasting pioneers,
Kevin Marks and Stephen Downes,
while adding material that emphasized his own involvement with the
development of the medium. Curry went on to evoke ignorance as his
primary defense stating, "I edited out the Marks part previously
because I never saw a full front-to-back solution that he was credited
for...Once I saw the video of the session where he does demo it, after
saying he had spoken to me and I had 'challenged' him to create it, I
realized I was in error." He also claimed to have difficulty with
the interface, claiming he had originally planned to revise
the paragraphs to include his recollections of events but instead
became "exasperated" with the process and decided to give up.
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. The podcast does not accept any
advertising and is solely supported by the listeners.
Curry has heavily promoted his podcasting endeavors. He promoted his
Daily Source Code in
Second Life under the name 'Adam
Neumann', along with a
Second Life island called Podshow Island.
Curry used podcasting to endorse 2008 Republican Presidential hopeful
Ron Paul. He also uses his show to discuss news topics and
conspiracy theories such as Free energy suppression and the 9/11
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."
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. 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. The verdict did not award Curry any damages, but
forbade the tabloid from reprinting the photos in the future, setting
a fine of €1,000 for each subsequent violation. It was one of the
first times the license was tested in court.
In May 2009, Curry posted on his blog that another Dutch tabloid had
published another Creative Commons-licensed photo from Curry's Flickr
account. After Curry asserted
Creative Commons license
requirements, the publisher settled on Curry's terms.
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 Dutch model and photographer Micky
Hoogendijk. They lived in Austin, Texas. On January 29, 2015, Curry
announced on the
No Agenda podcast that he and Hoogendijk had
separated. Hoogendijk and Curry divorced in 2015 and he is currently
living in Austin, Texas. Curry has been in a relationship with Tina
Snider, dubbed The Keeper by
John C. Dvorak
John C. Dvorak on the
No Agenda Show,
since May 2015. On December 26, 2016, Tina tweeted, "I said yes",
apparently to marriage with Adam.
Curry is the nephew of former CIA official and United States
Ambassador to Korea, Donald Gregg, whom he calls "Uncle Don" in his
Signpost: Curry and podcasting
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^ "Nieuwe sportwinkel mikt op Europese markt" (in Dutch). Sportus.nl.
December 16, 1999. Retrieved 2006-12-05.
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Adam Curry where he speaks
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Dutch). Retrieved 2007-03-28.
^ Maarten Reijnders (2002-12-19). "Freedom Controller canceled, Jamby
B.V. chapter elevened" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2007-03-28.
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SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
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MediaBaron.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2006.
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Adam Curry Backing Ron
Paul". Archived from the original on 31 May 2008.
Daily Source Code Episode 781, "Confessions of a multimedia hitman"
Adam Curry Wants to Make You an iPod
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Creative Commons Licenses Enforced in
Dutch Court". Creative Commons. Retrieved 2006-12-05.
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Creative Commons license
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^ Curry, Adam (2009-05-29). "Defending Creative Commons, Again".
Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
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Adam Curry wins again!". Creative
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No Agenda Episode 691 - "Ten Minute Timer"".
curry.com. Adam Curry. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
^ "Tina Snider: I said YES". Twitter. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 4
^ "Adam Curry's Weblog". Radio-weblogs.com. 2003-07-19. Retrieved
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