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International Radio Festival unites djs and global radio stations

Taking place from 4th to 8th September in Zurich, the International Radio Festival (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.

The warm-up period featured exclusively produced radio shows such as that by John Digweed, Armin van Buuren & Carl Cox from the Radio Department, as well as a special HD Radio Day by iBiquity USA. Warm-Up included Club-Sessions which took place from 26th August to 2nd September.

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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 broadcasted 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.

Listen to the shows on Mixcloud here;

Radio stations broadcasting from the festival:

BBC Radio One, UK with Phil & Dan.
BBC 6 Music, UK featuring Derrick May’s new radio show.
Hoxton FM, London, UK with Normski & Dan Formless.
Melodica, UK with Chris Coco – Winner of IRF – Mixcloud Best Internet Radio Show Contest Pioneer DJ. Radio, UK with Kissy Sell Out and Dan Tait.
Screen Tracks, USA, by legendary Fox Music President, Robert Kraft.
Soma fm, USA, with founder Rusty Hodge.
WBGU College Radio, USA – Winner of IRF/HD Radio & CMJ Campus Radio Contest.
JIL FM, Algeria MPB Radio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tangsuan Radio Beijing China and their Retro Disco format.
Radio Wave, Czech Republic.
GO FM, Denmark.
Radio France Le Mouv, France featuring Hervé Riesen.
Red Bull Music Academy Radio, Berlin, Germany.
Sublime FM, Holland.
Radio Fiume, Ticino, Italy.
M2O Milano Italy.
Radio Mirchi, Mumbai, India with RJ Jeeturaaj – Winner of the Sounds of India Contest.
Medina DM, Morocco.
P3 Norway Ibiza Sonica, Spain.
Global Ibiza Radio, Spain with Pacha.
SRF3, Zurich, Switzerland with Dominic Dillier.
Rakete Radio Show, Switzerland.
Kult Radio, Zurich, Switzerland.
RRO Rottu, Oberwallis, Switzerland.
Radio GRRIF, Delemont, Switzerland.
Toxic FM, St Gallen, Switzerland.
Lounge Radio, Istanbul, Turkey.
Oxigen Radio Istanbul, Turkey.
Star FM, Abu Dhabi, UAE with star presenter Rania Younes.

The festival also featured an exclusive B2B Forum, setting the perfect place to meet music radio professionals on a one to one basis. The boutique event brought together people who are passionate about radio from around the world to deliberate, collaborate and network to discover the future trends and evolution of their Industry. Featuring 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.

IRF Competition Winners
This year the IRF ran several competitions worldwide to find the best radio talent to broadcast their music radio show live on air at the International Radio Festival. First up was the 2nd Sound of India contest, organised by together with The International Radio Festival and A jury helped shortlist and select the top six shows from all the entries submitted and the IRF organisers have selected RJ Jeeturaaj from Radio Mirchi, Mumbai as the clear winner.

Brody Ramone was the winner of the IRF 2013 Best US/Canada Campus Radio Contest in association with HD Radio, CMJ and Mixcloud. Brody took clear first with her weekly Dirty Glitter radio show on WBGU, the campus radio station of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which showcases new sounds from both local and national artists and bands.

Mixcloud also teamed up with the IRF to find the Best Internet Radio Show. With over 200 entries from around the world Chris Coco’s Melodica was the winner with his weekly one hour broadcast of electronica, house and eclectic Balearic vibes.

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. Says Chris Coco.