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Kevin Curran

Gaylord Ph.D. student Kevin Curran came to campus with teaching and professional experience.  At OU, he has taught Gaylord’s History of Journalism course as well as Business Writing at the Price College of Business.  He also serves as president of the Gaylord College Graduate Student Association.

Before coming to OU, Kevin earned an MBA at Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business and a BA at Fordham University in New York.

He hopes to obtain a tenure-track position teaching media management, news reporting and writing, sports media, media history, media law or media ethics.

Kevin’s research interests reflect his varied career.  His dissertation is a study of transnational radio in North America with historic, cultural, economic and legal perspectives.   He has written about the mass media Emergency Alert System and other emergency notification systems for the Journal of Emergency Management. He has also researched the actual outcome of Canadian content regulations on radio stations north of the border, the effect of partisan media on the public sphere, radio news reporting in World War II, the inclusion of newsgathering skills in a journalism curriculum and the impact of Ronald Reagan’s radio commentaries.

He had a multiplatform career before it became a buzzword.  Kevin started his career in radio while still in high school on Long Island, New York. He progressed from assistant news director at a local station to producer/reporter in New York City to the producer in charge of top-of-the-hour newscasts heard from coast to coast on two networks.  At WFAN in New York, he produced news on the Imus in the Morning program. He was a very successful advertising sales manager at a Virginia radio group. As operations manager of a Phoenix radio group, he established the market’s first all-sports station and brought Howard Stern to Arizona.  As a state correspondent for United Press International, Kevin covered stories in Arizona and Nevada for the wire service and UPI Radio Network. Kevin gathered Americans’ opinions for the European service of the VOA. During his time in Los Angeles, Kevin was a writer at all-news KNX.  He has worked for the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers as a radio play-by-play engineer. Switching to television, Kevin has been an assignment editor in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson and Oklahoma City. He also produced and researched stories for Inside Edition. Online, Kevin was a production manager for an entertainment portal and a writer for

Kevin has been a faculty member in both mass communication and business.  He taught Introduction to Business and Sports Economics at two Arizona community colleges.  He was named an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty in the ten campus Maricopa County Community College District.  At Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School, Kevin taught Business and the Future of Journalism and History, Philosophy and Ethics of Journalism.