14 day Global On-Air Festival, 336 hours of Programming, 162 Music Radio Shows, 87 Radio Station Guests, 59 Cultures, 6 locations, and much debate; that was the International Radio Festival 2013!
After 2 weeks on air; featuring a star studded line up of radio artists during the warm-up period; four festival days at the magnificent Schloss Sihlberg broadcasting live-on-air some of the best radio shows by radio professionals from around the world; and supported by over a dozen industry professionals who shared their knowledge with a record number of delegates….
… we at the IRF broadcast a massive THANK YOU to all who made this possible, to all our global listeners, and to those who supported and participated in this year’s Festival.
Without YOU, our Listeners, GUESTS and PARTNERS, the world’s only radio festival to celebrate music radio content, and their makers, would not have been made possible.
And so we we are delighted to already be able to set the date for the 5th Edition of the IRF on 3rd September 2014 – see you there!
The 4th Edition of the IRF once again united over 120 radio stations and music programmes from around the world, enabling them to showcase some of the best music programmes and formats available today, broadcasting the entire Festival LIVE ON-AIR on FM across Zurich, Online around the world, and LIVE on the participating guest radio stations back home.
Once again reaching millions of listeners around the world, the IRF created a unique platform for the music radio world to network, share knowledge, launch, exchange & trade formats, and explore audience preferences, whilst celebrating the best music programming and content.
Broadcasting live from the famous Schloss Sihlberg Villa the IRF broadcast 264 hours of radio shows from 28 different countries to an audience of many millions, offering those tuned-in the rare opportunity to “Listen to how the World Sounds”.
The Festival featured giants such as BBC Radio ONE and Radio France, as well as local commercial stations from Morocco and Denmark. The warm-up period featured exclusively produced radio shows by the likes of John Digweed, Armin van Buuren & Carl Cox, as well as a special HD Radio Day by iBiquity USA.
The Festival’s exclusive B2B Forum, carried on setting the perfect place for stakeholders active in the music radio industry to meet on a one to one basis, bringing them together to deliberate, collaborate and network; and to discover the future trends and evolution of their Industry.
This boutique event featured top level thought leaders including; Scott Cohen, The Orchard, James Cridland, Radio Futurologist, Nikhil Shah, Mixcloud, Julian Schweizer, Swiss Online Publishing, Stephanie Yessler, Gupta Media and Joe D’Angelo, HD Radio – this year’s topics focused on “New Breed Broadcasting” and “Social Media Saved the Radio Star”
“This year’s IRF surpassed all expectations and the feedback from our radio guests has been incredible confirming that there is an obvious need by all stakeholders active in and with the music radio industry for an annual platform to meet, network, trade and swap formats, knowledge share and above all make friends. The 5th Edition, kicking off on 3rd September 2014, will continue serving that purpose with some special Pop-Up Editions being announced in the near future.” say co-founders Miguel Alvarez and Darryl von Daniken.
What some of IRF’s Radio guests have said this year:
More quotes from IRF participants here.
“We are proud to be the first Arabic radio station participating in the IRF as we know radio remains one of the most important entertainment channels available today…”
Star FM, Abu Dhabi, UAE
“It’s a great location and we’re enjoying ourselves at the international radio festival celebrating music radio and making new friends in the global radio industry.
“It’s been amazing to come out here and broadcast to listeners in Zurich and around the world and meet like-minded radio makers from all four corners of the world. We will return home with loads more ideas for our own listeners”.
Oxigen Radio & Lounge FM, Istanbul, Turkey
“The show sounded really great and so do all the other broadcasts. We’re really enjoying what we are hearing.”
Kirk Degiorgio, Red Bull, RBMA Radio
“It was actually a lovely surprise to win the Mixcloud competition. I work away to put up a new edition of Melodica every Monday morning, and I know it is appreciated by the listeners because of all the feedback I get, but sometimes it’s like being in a little bubble of music, so getting recognition from an esteemed panel of radio experts gives me extra confidence and confirms that I should be proud of the show and what it does.”
Chris Coco, Melodica