Broadcasting a Big Thank You to all the participants of the 5th Editions of the International Radio Festival and those tuned in to listen to how the world sounds.
Again the IRF celebrated the world’s most consumed medium – music radio – and those behind the microphone enjoying the trust of many millions of listeners who love radio!
The IRF in 2014 featured over 90 different radio shows whilst broadcasting 456 hours of radio over 19 days from more than 21 different regions spanning all four continents – all live-on-air from Zurich’s infamous Kaufleuten.
You can listen to all the shows showcased at the IRF on Mixcloud here; www.mixcloud.com/IRF
The 5th edition of the IRF once again united radio stations from around the world and showcased some of the best music programmes and formats available today, broadcasting them LIVE ON-AIR on FM across Zurich, Online around the world, and on the participating guest radio stations back home. See photos from the event here: www.flickr.com/photos/internationalradiofestival/
“We are delighted to see how the international radio industry is embracing the IRF platform; on the one hand to meet, network and share knowledge with like-minded radio makers and producers whilst enjoying the fact that participating radios are engaging their listeners with their live broadcasts confirming that radio is the ultimate live medium.” Says the IRF Team!
Radio stations broadcasting from the festival included:
- StarFM U.A.E.
- Kiss92 Singapore
- BBC 1Xtra, United Kingdom
- Tony Prince, Radio Caroline
- Rouge FM, Lausanne
- XFM, United Kingdom
- RTL 102.5 Milano
- Monocle 24, Worldwide
- Radio Fiume Ticino, Locarno
- Mi-Soul, London
- Radio Romantika Moscow
- GRRIF, Neuchatel
- History of the DJ by Gordon Mac & Tony Prince
- WSPN Saratoga Springs, NYC
- 98.8 Kiss FM Berlin
- Hip Hop Don’t Stop Party live with DJ Premier
- Radio Planet 105, Zurich
- JIL FM, Algeria
- MBP Rio de Janeiro
- Creatures of the Night, Locarno
- MyFM, Chandigarh, India
- Watch More TV Radio, Serbia
- Toxic FM, St.Gallen
- Radio Ibiza Sonica, Spain
- Radio24, Zurich
- Radio Nova, Paris
- Audioasyl, Switzerland
- Hoxton FM, London
- SRF Virus, Switzerland
- Soho Radio feat. Eddie Piller, London
- Backstage Radio, Bern
- NTS London
- Grüter & Bürgin Showcase
- Radio Great Garbo, Worldwide
- Swiss Soul Club
- Nordstern Showcase, Basel
- Zurich Open Air Radio
- Radio Mode Suisse
- …… and click here for all IRF 2014 radio shows and more
This year’s IRF for the first time also incorporated the SwissRadioDay, attracting a record 400 plus delegates including the director general of SRG/SRF Roger de Weck, Laura-May Coope, former Social Media Producer BBC Radio 1, and Herbert Visser of 100% FM & 10NL in The Netherlands. Swiss radio stations taking part included; Switzerland’s number one station Radio24 Zurich, SRF Radio Virus, Radio GRRIF, Radio Fiume Ticino and Radio Planet 105.
As well as the showcasing radio stations from around the world, the IRF is also ran several competitions worldwide to find the best radio talent to broadcast their music radio show ‘live on air’ at the event.
First up was the 3rd Sound of India’ contest winner “MyFM”, organised by Radioandmusic.com together with The International Radio Festival and Mixcloud.com. RJ Meenakshi emerged as the winner in a competition, which had over 100 entries from more than 70 private and public FM radio stations all over India. The bubbly Meenakshi hosts the morning show ‘Salaam Chandigarh’ on 94.3 MY FM from 7 to 11am, which starts with a motivational story, followed by national, international, sports and Bollywood updates with funny entertaining takes and trivia.
Alex Calder Spinelli was the winner of the IRF ‘Best US/Canada Campus Radio Contest’ with his Thursday evening show on WSPN ‘Recess: with Spinelli’. WSPN is one few college radio stations in the US solely made and run by students. The station being on air 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, playing primarily Alternative Rock, is not only available on the campus of Skidmore College, but is also extremely popular among citizens of Saratoga Springs, New York. Together with their partners iBiquity Digital, CMJ and Mixcloud IRF welcomed Alex to Zurich to showcase his talent to a worldwide audience.
Mixcloud also joined forces with the IRF to launch the inaugural ORA -‘Online Radio Awards 2014’ – with the objective of recognising outstanding curatorship, production and creative talent within the online radio industry. With over 14,000 entries from all over the world, 60 Radio Shows and 25 Radio Stations were shortlisted and passed on to a panel of industry judges which included Tony Prince (DMC), Brad Wete (Billboard), Karen Pearson (Folded Wing) and Phil Catchpole (British Council). Over 20,000 votes were recorded and the overall winners for ‘Best Online Radio Station’ and ‘Radio Show’ were NTS Radio and Solid Steel respectively.
Last but not least, no IRF is complete without its parties and this year the IRF presented three special parties which were broadcast live on-air around the world. On Thursday night Radio Sonica Ibiza took to the decks at Zukunft Club, DJ Premier joined KissFM Berlin at the Kaufleuten Club on Friday night with IRF’s own Gabby Sanderson & DJ Dan bringing Propaganda the UK’s biggest alternative club night to Zurich with XFM at Kaufleuten Festsaal.