Radio stations from Great Britain, Dubai, Germany and elsewhere will converge on Switzerland's capital later this month for the International Radio Festival. The event's fifth edition runs Aug. 21-Sept. 7 and is set take over Zurich's Kaufleuten Club, where music fans will get a first-hand look at how the medium works.
At IRF, radio stations from around the globe will host on-air shows in their local language that will broadcast online and on a pair of frequencies in Switzerland. Participating stations include BBC Radio One, Kiss FM Berlin, Kiss92 Singapore, RTL102.2 Milano, Star FM Dubai, Radio Nova Paris, Radio Romantika Moscow, XFM UK, SRF Virus Switzerland, Soho London Radio, Radio 24 Zurich, Ibiza Sonica, Radio Fiume Ticino, and web radio Creatures Of The Night.
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The festival is the only international radio gathering to broadcast on-air programming, as opposed to just panels and keynote speeches.
Kiss FM creator Gordon Mac will be on hand to show off his new Mi-Soul internet radio, and there will be appearances by Soho Radio's Eddie Piller and film and music composers Lionel and Diego Baldenweg of Great Garbo. This year's IRF B2B Forum will be an informal roundtable discussion about U.K. radio and hosted by British radio legend Tony Prince and Mac, who is the IRF Advisory Board president.
Prince is also presenting a program called "Flashback Radio" to mark the 50th anniversary of legendary pirate radio station Radio Caroline, where he developed his identity as "your royal ruler" while broadcasting on a ship in the Irish Sea. He joined Radio Luxembourg in 1967 following the passing of the Marine Offences Act.
The Zurich-based IRF was founded in 2010 and brings together radio programmers, labels, managers, marketers and media.