International Radio Festival gears up for third edition

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Taking place in Zurich from 12th to 16th September 2012, the International Radio Festival (IRF) is the first and only event of its kind, bringing together more than 100 ground-breaking music radio shows from around the world and offering those tuned-in the rare opportunity to “Listen to how the World Sounds”.

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.

Watch the video of event founder Darryl von Daniken talking about the event here

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.

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.

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

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 b2b(at) or check the check the IRF B2B page on the website

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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