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Since being founded in 2010, the IRF has brought together more than 100 ground-breaking music radio shows from around the world

12th to 16th SEPTEMBER 2012

The International Radio Festival (IRF) is the world’s first industry conference and public event to celebrate the world’s most consumed and most influential medium, Music Radio. Taking place in Zurich from 12th to 16th September, the event’s third edition offers the music radio industry a unique platform to network, share knowledge, exchange formats, and explore audience preferences, whilst engaging with both a qualitative music business audience and a quantitative consumer audience at the same time, amounting to a reach of billions of listeners worldwide.

Since being founded in 2010, the IRF has brought together more than 100 ground-breaking music radio shows from around the world, enabling their makers the unique opportunity to showcase their best music radio programmes in the presence of their peers and industry professionals, as well as “live On-Air” to the general public visiting the Festival, to their listeners back home, and online around the world, offering those tuned-in the rare opportunity to “Listen to how the World Sounds”.

This year the IRF are pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Greater Media, Inc, which will see the event simulcast across three major Greater Media US markets; Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia. The festival will be heard on 96.9-HD2 in Boston, 105.1-HD2 in Detroit, and 93.3-HD2 in Philadelphia reaching an even bigger global audience in only its third year.

The festival will feature three studios in Zurich: the famous Schloss Sihlberg Villa for the day programs; the official IRF hotel Four Points Sihlcity Sheraton for the morning breakfast show and the Cabaret Club for the evening, featuring club music formats. Thirty invited contemporary music radio programs and DJs will gather in Zurich from around the world, including India, Brazil, China, USA, UK, Germany, France and many other countries, to broadcast their music radio showcases.

Radio Stations and presenters broadcasting at the event include:

Carhartt Radio WIP, a show with Fat Cat Records Brighton
Flex FM, London, The World's No.1 Underground Electronic Dance Music Radio Station
Gabby Sanderson, RTE Ireland
Ghetto Radio Accra, following on from the success of radio Ghetto Radio Nairobi
Kiss FM, Melbourne, Australia’s first dance radio station
Rob da bank, Radio 1, compiling a pre-recorded show of past Radio 1 Sessions
Sonica Radio, Ibiza, broadcasting a club night with Pioneer DJ

In addition to the many talented invited radio DJs, the IRF will welcome industry giants to DJ, including 20th Century Fox Music President, Robert Kraft, who will spin a 2-hour movie music show “Screen Tracks”; Claude Nobs, with hits from the Montreux Jazz Festival; and the legendary Tony Prince of Radio Caroline fame. Past presenters and radio stations who have taken part include; Gilles Petersen, Stretch Armstrong and East Village Radio, Jeremy Sole and KCRW, Ghetto Radio Nairobi, Wild FM San Fran.

The festival also features an exclusive B2B Forum, which has rapidly established itself as the think-tank and exchange hub for both the key players in music radio and music related industries. Set within the magnificent Schloss Sihlberg commanding spectacular views across the city of Zurich the forum enables attendees to develop closer business and cultural relationships within this specialised industry.

As radio steadily evolves from terrestrial to online, satellite, digital and mobile, the IRF B2B Forum will feel the pulse of the future of this essential broadcast medium and provide the chance to interact with those who are driving the future content of radio. The Forum presents workshops, panels and key notes, covering the issues challenging today’s music radio industry; Is content is king? How does social media best interact with radio? Does pandora/spotify count as radio? What is the future of branded formats?

This year the IRF welcomes the following industry leaders to speak at the B2B Forum:

Anil Wanvari, CEO Music & Radio India. Panellist
Dominique Leguern, Former President at MIDEM Panellist
Gogi Gupta, Gupta Media, Key Note & Workshops
James Cridland, Radio DnS, Key Note & Panellist
Joe D’Angelo, Senior Vice President of US Broadcast & Services, Ibiquity Digital, Key Note
Julien Mourlon, Laidback Radio Brussels Panellist
Julian Schweizer, Swiss Online Publishing, Workshops
Klipp+Klang, Radio School, Workshops
Maarten Brouwer, Ghetto Radio & This is Africa, Key Note
Nikhil Shah, Mixcloud, Key Note & Workshops
Robert Kraft, President, Fox Music, Panellist
Scott Cohen, The Orchard, Key Note & Panellist
Tony Prince, DMC World Panellist

Past panellists and speakers have included; Tony Prince, James Cridland, Jeremy Sole, Tony Blackburn, Emperor Rosko, Maarten Brouwer

IRF Pop Up Radio in London:

From 20th July to 12 August 2012 the IRF presented a special Olympic Pop Up Radio station in London. The studio was housed inside a funky Swiss Postal Bus, which was driven from Zurich to London. Broadcasting live 24/7 on DAB across London and online the station aired contemporary Swiss and British urban sounds with host of bands, celebrities and athletes whilst keeping listeners posted on the Olympic highlights. Radio DJ’s and guests included; Anton Mosimann, Chef to the Queen, Claude Nobs, Monteux Jazz Festival, Chris Coco, Cuban Brothers, Derrick May, Eddie Piller & Dean Rudland, Giles Peterson, Kissy Sell Out, Martyn Ware & Mark Jones, Norman Jay, Reverend and the Makers, Sepp Blatter, FIFA, Toddla T and Tony Prince.

Who the IRF is for:

The IRF is a must attend for all Music Radio Professionals, Radio Jockeys and DJ’s alike, Record Labels, Music Managers & Agents, Lifestyle Brands, Marketing & Advertising Agencies, Media Professionals and Educational Establishments, with a vested interest in the world’s most consumed medium, music radio.

How to attend:

The B2B Forum is 3 mins walk from the Festival Hotel FourPoints, and set within the magnificent Schloss Sihlberg commanding magnificent views across the city of Zurich. To find out more about participating email or check the check the IRF B2B page on the website

What the Radio Industry says about IRF:

“The IRF initiative in this day and age of radio’s unknown future is crucial. I urge all radio and media professionals to support this ground breaking initiative; today and in the future.” Tony Prince, pioneering Radio Caroline radio jockey, UK

“Great place for the meeting of radio minds to swap ideas, and keep radio relevant – absolutely unique!!!.” Lord Fader, Loose Cannons, Kiss FM, UK

“The team here at Kerrang! Radio and Q Radio were proud and honoured to broadcast at the IRF and found the experience to be a great way of sharing new ideas and discussing the future of what remains an exciting industry full of passion!” James Walshe, Kerrang! Radio, UK

“The IRF was an excellent, informal platform to discuss music radio programming. In one and half days I made more useful contacts for my radio business than at any other such industry conference in the past.” Jason Bryant, NME Radio, UK

“The IRF was like meeting the family – lost cousins from all over the world which you were keen on getting to know.” Matthias Bauer, BLN.FM, Germany

“As far as I’m concerned, the IRF has all the makings of one of the most relevant radio initiatives out there today. After our fabulous experience there, it’s no wonder it is fast gaining a sturdy reputation as one of the friendliest, most innovative, festivals on the music circuit today.” Jill Canney, Radio Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza

“Connecting worldwide music radio / bringing you the real sound of the streets, the clubs and the bedroom studios / radio is everywhere.” Nick von Frankenberg, Radio X, Switzerland

Watch the festival promo videos to find out more:

About the International Radio Festival (IRF):

Founded in 2010, the IRF is a Zurich-based organization. The IRF is the FIRST and ONLY international radio festival of its kind, celebrating the world's most consumed medium -- Music Radio. The IRF is the key place where the Music Radio world comes together to celebrate and showcase some of the best music programmes, to deliberate and collaborate, to network and to discover trends about their Industry. A must-attend event, the IRF brings together Music Radio Professionals, Record Labels, Music Managers & Agents, Lifestyle Brands/Services and their Marketing & Advertising Agencies, Media Professionals and Educational Establishments. The IRF was chosen as a finalist in the 2011 British Swiss Business Awards.


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