International Radio Festival 6th Edition Success

The 6th edition of the IRF topped all previous editions, in content, guests, listener reach, social media stats, and conference speakers.

Taking place from 14th to the 30th August 2015, the 6th edition of 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, DAB+ across Switzerland, online around the world, and on the participating guest radio stations back home. See photos from the event here:

Says festival director Darryl von Daniken “It’s been another 14 days of incredible music radio content, amazing global radio stations, leading radio personalities, ideas and visions and all summoned up, only further confirms the need for an annual platform where the worlds of radio and music meet, knowledge share, make friends and celebrate the ultimate live medium, music radio.”

IRF 2015 in Numbers
1 Annual Event
2nd Collection of International Radio Faces
4 IRF Speakers
5 MINI’s
6th Edition
14 days
21 Countries
28 Radio Stations
65 Radio Faces
98 Radio VIP’s
200 Dunny’s (thank you Swatch)
336 Hours of On-Air Showcases
450 Conference Delegates
100+ million listener reach
…Only at the world’s first (and only) On-Air Festival and Radio Content Conference

IRF “On Air” Program
Broadcasting live from the Hotel FourPoints by Sheraton Sihlcity Zurich with 336 Hours of On-Air programming. Listen to the shows on Mixcloud here;

Radio stations and events broadcasting from the festival included:
Nogoum Radio, Cairo, Egypt
Red Light Radio, Amsterdam, for the IRF Online Radio Awards
Rete 3, Lugano, Switzerland
KissFM, Melbourne, Australia
RAI 2, Italy
InterFM, Tokyo, Japan
Carly Wilford, United Kingdom
Richard Dorfmeister
Love Radio, Shanghai, China
SwissInfo Radio
RAI 3, Italy
Chiara Luzzana, Radio Swatch
SRF1 Zambo Radio, Switzerland
Evelinn Trouble
BBC Radio ONE, United Kingdom
Radio IFM, Tunisia
BigFM, Mumbai, India
Radio Fiume Ticino, Switzerland
Soho Radio, London, United Kingdom
WUML, Massachusetts, USA
Len Sander
Hoxton FM, London, United Kingdom
Backstage Radio, Switzerland
Pride Radio, USA
Radio Ibiza Sonica, Balearic Islands, Spain
Tony Prince, Radio Caroline, Radio Pirate
WSPN, College Radio, Skidmore, USA
Mi-Soul Radio, London, United Kingdom
Tangsuan Radio, Beijing, China
GRRIF Radio, Delemont, Switzerland

Info on all shows here:

IRF B2B Forum
The IRF Conference & B2B Forum 2015 brought together national and international radio and music industry professionals to deliberate and discuss new developments, chances and challenges music radio faces today. This years highlights included keynotes from Mark Ramsey, Audio Strategist, Samantha Moy, BBC 6 Music and Speed Dating Match Making sessions.

IRF Competition Winners
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.

4th ‘Sound of India’ Contest
For the fourth annual ‘Sound of India’ contest the IRF has once again teamed up with the, Mixcloud and Switzerland Tourism to zoom in on an Indian FM Radio Show and Radio Jockey who will represent Indian radio. This year’s winner is Siddharth Misra of 92.7 Big FM from Srinagar and Jammu in northern India state Kashmir. The private owned station has several branches all over the second-most populous country in the world and covers 45 cities with it’s programme (tagline: “Suno Sunao, Life Banao”). Since summer 2008 Big FM, India’s largest Radio network can also be received abroad, in Singapore and Bhutan. More info here:

4th North America Campus Radio Contest Winner
The IRF also continued to celebrate the talent from US College radio and congratulations to Nick Canovas of WUML for winning this year’s competition! His show, Time In The Study, which he hosts under the guise of DJ Dad, stood out from the competition and won him this title. His show focuses on ‘local and worldly underground indie music’ interspersed with a healthy dose of self-proclaimed dad jokes. More info here:

2nd IRF & Mixcloud ORA (Online Radio Awards)
After the successful launch of the Online Radio Awards in 2014 the International Radio festival have once again joined forces with MIxcloud to recognize the outstanding curatorship, production and creative talent within the online radio industry. Over 5,000 radio makers and listeners nominated shows for the categories of Best Online Radio Station, Best Online Music Show and Best Online Talk Show, with 24 sub-categories spanning a range of genres and territories. The 130 shortlisted nominations were whittled down to the 24 winners by a panel of industry judges that include programme makers and executives from LA’s KCRW, SXSW, 7digital, Mixcloud and last year’s winner NTS Radio. The three biggest winners of the day are Red Light Radio for Best Online Radio Station, The Selector for Best Online Music Show, and Serial Podcast for Best Online Talk Radio Show. Info on all the winners here:

About the International Radio Festival (IRF)
Founded in 2010, the IRF is a Zurich-based organization, being the FIRST and ONLY international radio festival of its kind, celebrating the world’s most consumed medium — Music Radio. A must-attend event, the IRF brings together Music Radio Anchors, Radio Programming Heads, Record Labels, Music Managers & Agents, Lifestyle Brands/Services and their Marketing & Advertising Agencies, Media Professionals and Educational Establishments. The IRF is the key place where the Music Radio world comes together to celebrate the curators and decision makers of music radio content, to deliberate and collaborate, to network and to discover trends about their Industry. The IRF was as a finalist in the 2011 British Swiss Business Awards, and invited by the Swiss Federal Government to be part of their presence during the 2012 London Olympic Games – they will also be at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity

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