Host [1995-2009], King 5's Evening Magazine Speaker / MC on achievement and creativity
John Curley is the former host of King 5 TV's Evening Magazine, the highest-rated regionally produced TV show in the country. Honored with numerous regional Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Morrow Award for excellence in Journalism, it remains a favorite highlighting the people, places and events that make the Cascadia region so special.
Since its premiere in the summer of 1986, Evening Magazine has provided a window on the Northwest for more than 3,000 "evenings," from coast to coast and around the world.
Since then, what happened to John Curley? What's John Curley doing now?
- Host of The Curley and Tom radio Show, weekdays on KIRO Radio 97.3FM
- Massively successful auctioneer, MC and entertainer on the West Coast
- Seattle-area philanthropist who supports non-profits in the Puget Sound area
- Developer of a Fund-a-Need app that reaches Fund-an-Item/Raise-the-Paddle goals
- A father of two and very active in their busy lives
What makes him an exceptionally popular speaker is his ability to tell outrageously funny stories about himself and his implausible career moves.
His gift of gab took him from selling bedpans and other glamorous medical devices to the wonderful world of Television. With no formal training John was hired as a weatherman in Grand Junction Colorado. After just six months, he was able to find Colorado on the map without looking. This skill was enough to get him hired in Champaign, Illinois, at WCIA TV.
Curley spent only 88 days there and never learned to spell Illinois. Other stops along the career track include Lancaster, PA; Springfield, VA; and Washington D.C. He picked up an Emmy for weather in 1993 and for interviewing and hosting in 1994. The zenith of his career was reached in 1995 when he was hired for Evening Magazine. John quickly became the most recognized local TV personality and was voted by the readers of Seattle Weekly as their favorite "TV Guy."
He's earned numerous awards for his work in the community and in the field of broadcasting. John is fortune enough to have appeared on stage at the 5th Ave. Theater and unfortunate enough to have appeared in various infomercials.
When you meet John, ask him why Julia Roberts hates him, Tom Hanks fears him, and what happened when he met Oprah.
In addition his work on Evening Magazine, nearly every weekday and weekend of the year, John speaks to and emcees large private and public and private events in the Pacific Northwest-including sales conferences, auctions, and galas.
An exceptional fund raising and auctioneer, John has helped Pacific Northwest organizations raise tens of millions of dollars.
His keynotes include:
Change your Luck in 7/10ths of a Second
Emmy award-winning television host John Curley—after traveling the world for ABC and NBC—noticed a peculiar trait in people he interviewed for shows. As he reported on ordinary people overcoming extraordinary odds, John heard his subjects using the word “luck” at least twice during their interviews. In hundreds and hundreds of stories, the word luck kept showing up (right after family and God).
So what’s behind someone’s “luck”? Why are some people so lucky–and others seem to have none at all? In a spellbinding, passion-driven, hilarious and deeply emotional talk, John reveals the secret to changing your luck in 7 flaps of a hummingbird’s wings. Your group will learn what countless corporations and nonprofits around the country now know as the secret that changes how employees interact with customers, how co-workers treat one another, and how individuals find the courage to perform at their best by being "lucky."
Stress, Bad Choices and the Brain:
An Iron-Clad Formula for Success Amidst Adversity
What if YOU, and not the world…and not even other people IN the world—decide what kind of life you enjoy?
John Curley, whose star-studded, implausible career defies “normal,” shares his personal formula for succeeding through difficulty.
Competing in an IronMan competition in Nice, France, John both dove to the depths of his capacity for challenge and pain—and learned about the massive impact of stress and bad choices. Now in this live program, he candidly shares the key mistakes he made at IronMan…one that nearly cost him his life.
In this Signature keynote, he’ll discuss:
• What the most cutting-edge science tells us about how stress affects our brains—and what to do about it.
• How to stand on the shoulders of giants—in other words, heed the advice of experts—and don’t try to be a Lone Ranger
• Why the smallest details matter—and how to pay more attention to them
• Why it’s critical to always remember what’s most important. It may not be what you think.
So, whether you’re aiming to become an IronMan or IronWoman, or are just looking for a personal and professional edge to move through life’s challenges, where are you going to choose to place YOUR finish line?
John's additional speaking themes include:
- The Caveman in the Cubical: How to be Consistently Creative under Pressure
- How o Land the Greatest Job in the World
- Change your Luck in 7/10ths of a Second
For its company birthday party, Chicago Title was in full celebration mode–celebrating past, present and future. In their words: "We wanted to celebrate a new day, a new outlok and roll out a new employee rewards program centered on the theme of WOW! While the air horns, cupcakes and confetti were well received, our true WOW of the day came with John Curley's presentation. It was perfection. … I could not have asked for a more customized, funny and poignant presentation. Our employees are still talking about that day…."
In holding its annual Town Meeting series, WSECU chose speakers from No More Boring Meetings to entertain their members. Afterwards, they shared the following feedback:
"…I want to single out John Curley as the perfect choice to engage and entertain…Amid sober conversation about the challenges of the modern mortgage market, Mr. Curley added the perfect amount of levity while discussing themes of considerable gravity. He shared touching yet hilarious stories on the topic of "recognition" and why it matters….His speech resonated with the audience on a personal level and connected to WSECU-a member-owned business….It was a job very well done."