International Radio Festival Announce Plans for 6th Edition

Plus: Speakers, Radio Stations & Radio Faces Exhibition Revealed

This year’s edition of the International Radio Festival will take place from the 14th to 30th August with over 40 radio stations and more than 60 key industry professionals from around the world coming together in the serene setting of Zurich to celebrate all things “Radio”, with this year also seeing the launch of the world’s first photographic collection of International Radio Faces.

Being the only event of its kind the IRF will once again showcase some of the best music programmes and formats, offering those tuned-in the rare opportunity to “Listen to how the World Sounds”.  Broadcasting from its exclusive radio studio at the festival hotel, FourPoints by Sheraton Sihlcity, visitors can watch how radio is produced by some of the world’s leading radio presenters and radio stations – live on-air across Zurich on FM 87.8 MHz & 88.1 MHz, on DAB+ across Switzerland, online around the world, and back at home on the airwaves of our international radio guests, reaching millions of listeners around the globe!

As well as the radio shows the IRF also brings together national and international radio and music industry professionals to deliberate and discuss new developments, chances and challenges that music radio faces today. Speakers at this year’s event include; Samantha Moy, BBC 6Music, Mark Ramsey, USA Veteran Media Strategist, Gerrit Schumann, Deezer, Daniel Rérat, Boyz Noise Records.

IRF “On Air” Programme
International Radio stations broadcasting as part of the “On Air” program include: Italian public broadcaster RAI2 & RAI3, Nogoum Radio Egypt, KissFM Melbourne, Rete 3 Switzerland, JIL FM Algeria, InterFM Tokyo, Love Radio Shanghai, IFM Tunesia, BBC Radio ONE and Soho Radio UK, Campus Radio WUML and PRIDE Radio USA, BIG FM India, and featuring illustrious music makers such as Richard Dorfmeister and Mark Jones.

Each station will broadcast a radio show with its own music programme in their local language. The IRF is the only international radio festival in the world, which broadcasts an on-air program celebrating the most consumed and most influential medium in the world – music radio.  The boutique event has blossomed into one of the most important meetings of the global radio landscape, welcoming radio producers, industry professionals and radio jockeys from around the world to join together in Zurich.

You can experience the IRF either live at it’s exclusive radio studio at the festival hotel FourPoints by Sheraton Sihlcity, or on-air-online just about anywhere around the world; and on FM around Zurich and on DAB+ across Switzerland. The IRF Radio Studio is also open to the public on most days from 8am to 10pm weekdays, and past midnight on weekends.

IRF B2B Forum
The IRF Conference & B2B Forum 2015 takes place on Thursday 27th August 2015, at Zurich’s Kaufleuten, bringing together national and international radio and music industry professionals to deliberate and discuss new developments, chances and challenges music radio faces today. The IRF B2B Forum is organised in partnership with Sound Diplomacy, the world’s leading music market development agency. – See more at:

Everyone has the perfect face for radio!
The IRF doesn’t rest with its array of premiere’s, and launches the world’s first photographic collection of International Radio Faces. The IRF and Swatch present the world’s first photographic collection of International Radio Faces.

The past five editions of the International Radio Festival (IRF) have offered an intriguing insight to a multitude of different radio cultures and their presenters from around the globe. One discovery we made was that all radio cultures share the same jovial saying: “You have the perfect face for radio!”

We also discovered that most radio presenters rarely hold a professionally taken photographic portrait of themselves, and on that note the International Radio Festival (IRF) joined forces with Swatch to launch the world’s first collection of international radio faces (IRFaces); faces of local and national radio heroes from around the world who attended and showcased their radio programmes at the International Radio Festival.  More info here:

Chiara Luzzana’s ’60 BPM – The Sound of Swatch’
Swatch is always at the forefront of new creative ideas, and following last year’s first Pop-Up Radio in Swatch’s flagship store along Zurich’s infamous Bahnhofstrasse, this year will see the world premiere of Swatch Faces artist Chiara Luzzana presenting her work “‘60BPM – The Sound of Swatch’ where watches become music, not just time. See more at:

Online Radio Awards
After the success of the inaugural online radio awards last year the IRF & Mixcloud launch the second edition of the annual awards to celebrate the best online radio stations and shows from around the world.Entries wil be judged by for best radio station, music radio show, and talk radio show across different genres and territories by a public and industry panel vote. The panel consists of leading industry judges from KCRW, SXSW, 7digital, NTS, Mixcloud, IRF & more, and the winners will be flown to Zurich to have their show aired at the International Radio Festival between the 26-30 August 2015.Last years winner was NTS Radio.  More here:

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:

US College Radio winner
The IRF also continues 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. See more at:

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Nikki McNeill at Global Publicity





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