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Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2015

Mixcloud in association with the International Radio Festival launch the second edition of the Online Radio Awards.

Celebrating the best in Online Radio

Mixcloud in association with the International Radio Festival launch the second edition of the Online Radio Awards.

Submissions are open from 6 July 2015 for best music show, best talk show and best station across different genres and categories by a public and industry panel vote.

We will award 24 winners across a number of categories and territories. There will also be three overall winners for Best Online Radio Station, Best Online Music Radio Show, and Best Online Talk Radio Show. These three winners will have their shows aired at the International Radio Festival, 14 - 30 August 2015. The winner of the title of 'Best Online Radio Station 2015' will also be offered an all expenses paid trip to Zurich to attend the International Radio Festival.

Mixcloud & International Radio Festival

Mixcloud connects listeners to the world's best radio. Inspire you ears and discover new music & ideas from a community of a million recognised DJs and radio presenters.

The International Radio Festival celebrates the world’s most consumed and influential medium, Music Radio, and the curators and presenters who enjoy the trusting ear of their listeners. It is a must attend for those who work in music radio programming.

Best Online Radio Station 2015

Check out the nominees and winners of the best online music radio show below!

Red Light Radio
Overall Winner: Red Light Radio

“When we had just started with RLR almost 5 years ago, we were amazed to be invited to the International Radio Festival. It was the first Red Light Radio trip abroad and a lot has happened since. We are very honoured to have won the award now 5 years later and are excited to come back to the festival.”

Best USA & Canada Radio Station 2015

TRP radio TRP radio USAWinner: TRP Radio

"Very surprised to win, and be listed amongst so many great stations. Thanks to the djs, hosts and listeners for helping us make what it is."

Best Central & South America Radio Station 2015

Radio Colmena Radio Colmena ArgentinaWinner: Radio Colmena

"We are so grateful for this acknowledgment! We have been working for 5 years to spread independent culture from Buenos Aires to the world, through a project that we defend and build every day, with passion! Thank you very much to all who are part of this great community. Larga vida a la radio por internet."

Best Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Radio Station 2015

Ness Radio Ness Radio MoroccoWinner: Ness Radio

"Creating radio with no commercials promoting alternative music and artists was a dream. By winning a prize from an institution like Mixcloud it’s not a dream anymore, it makes this project a reality and shows the world that we can find new ways to promote good music and that we can re-invent radio."

Best Europe Radio Station 2015

Red Light Radio Red Light Radio The NetherlandsWinner: Red Light Radio

“When we had just started with RLR almost 5 years ago, we were amazed to be invited to the International Radio Festival. It was the first Red Light Radio trip abroad and a lot has happened since. We are very honoured to have won the award now 5 years later and are excited to come back to the festival.”

Best Online Music Radio Show 2015

Check out the nominees and winners of the best online music radio show below!

The Selector
Overall Winner: The Selector

"We are absolutely delighted to win the Best Online Music Show. Mixcloud has become the place to share radio shows online and to be recognised as one of the best shows on the platform is a wonderful thing."

Best Ambient/Chillout Radio Show 2015

Cinambientique Cinambientique GermanyWinner: Cinambientique

“I started Cinambientique just one year ago for fun as a secondary side-project to express my passion about ambient music and original soundtracks in some way. 6 months later, I got the opportunity to share my passion about music with our wonderful and highly talented family at Frission Radio.”

Best Bass/Dubstep/D&B Radio Show 2015

Hospital Records Podcast Hospital Records Podcast United KingdomWinner: Hospital Records Podcast

A podcast run by South London Drum & Bass label Hospital Records. Features hour long mixes by drum & bass DJs.

Best Country/Folk/Blues Radio Show 2015

Keb Darge on Soho Radio Keb Darge on Soho Radio United KingdomWinner: Keb Darge on Soho Radio

"I am surprised, and indeed thrilled to win this. I guess there is no category for "Obscure Rockabilly, Surf, and Sixties Garage 45's accompanied by drunken Scottish gibberish" so my hat goes off to the judges for even considering my show."

Best Dance Radio Show 2015

Sound Pellegrino: Orgasmic on Rinse FM France Sound Pellegrino: Orgasmic on Rinse FM France United KingdomWinner: Sound Pellegrino - Orgasmic on Rinse FM France

A weekly journey into the best house, techno, and unidentifiable dance music the label -and its extended family- has on offer.

Best Electronica/Beats Radio Show 2015

Kutmah - Sketchbook Radio Kutmah - Sketchbook Radio United KingdomWinner: Kutmah - Sketchbook Radio

The fortnightly radio equivalent of Kutmah's legendary Sketchbook beats night in LA, the the breeding ground for artists like Daedelus, Ras G, Dibiase, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Teebs and Flying Lotus.

Best EDM/Big Room Radio Show 2015

UMF Radio UMF Radio USAWinner: UMF Radio

"We're thrilled to accept the award for Best EDM Show. Giving fans a chance to relive performances from Ultra's worldwide events continues to be our greatest pleasure. We'd like to say thank you to the artists who produce the music we love, and above all, thank you to the fans who listen every week!" — Andy Pate, UMF Radio - Host/Program Producer

Best Funk/Soul Radio Show 2015

Stamp the Wax on Radar Radio Stamp the Wax on Radar Radio United KingdomWinner: Stamp the Wax on Radar Radio

Stamp The Wax fortnightly residency on Radar Radio, every other Tuesday from 2-4pm playing the finest funk, soul and afrobeat.

Best Jazz Radio Show 2015

Jazzman Records on NTS Jazzman Records on NTS United KingdomWinner: Jazzman Records on NTS

"Many thanks to everybody who voted for us, we didn’t expect to win! If you like our show, make sure to check out our various labels and bi-monthyl club night. We always dig deeper and appreciate those who come along for the ride."

Best Pop/New Music Radio Show 2015

Selector Radio Selector Radio United KingdomWinner: The Selector

"We are absolutely delighted to win the Best Online Music Show. Mixcloud has become the place to share radio shows online and to be recognised as one of the best shows on the platform is a wonderful thing."

Best Rock/Alternative Radio Show 2015

Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture Radio Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture Radio United KingdomWinner: Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture Radio

"Everyone at Rough Trade is excited to hear about this award. We love putting our shows together and Mixcloud helps us to connect to online listeners with the awesome music we hear at the shop."

Best World Radio Show 2015

Sadisco on Frission Radio Sadisco on Frission Radio JapanWinner: Sadisco on Frission Radio

"I'm absolutely humbled to receive such an incredible award. I wish to thank Rory Hyland for all his help and support along the way and to all the crew at Frission for taking me on board and believing in me.”

Best Hip Hop/R&B Radio Show 2015

Hip-Hop Journal on Brooklyn Radio Hip-Hop Journal on Brooklyn Radio USAWinner: Hip-Hop Journal on Brooklyn Radio

"It’s a great honor to win this award, and I’m happy that the people enjoy my mixes. I’m really just a fan myself, so I’m happy to be able to contribute to a culture that means the world to me. Big thanks to Brooklyn Radio for hosting the show and to all the voters and fans that support real hip hop."

Best Online Talk Radio Show 2015

Check out the nominees and winners of the best online music radio show below!

Serial
Overall Winner: Serial

Serial explores a non-fiction story over multiple episodes, Season One following the story of character Adnan whose ex-girlfriend disappears and when her body shows up is accused of her murder. A gripping podcast that it is as thoughtful as it is entertaining.

Best Business Radio Show 2015

StartUp StartUp USAWinner: StartUp

StartUp podcast began life last year and instantly gained popularity. Each series follows another group trying to tackle the start up world, following through every triumph and pitfull along the way.

Best Comedy Radio Show 2015

WTF with Marc Maron WTF with Marc Maron USAWinner: WTF with Marc Maron

"Thanks, Mixcloud, for naming us Best Comedy Radio Show. Glad to know people are still laughing through the tears."

Best Culture Radio Show 2015

Serial Serial USAWinner: Serial

Serial explores a non-fiction story over multiple episodes, Season One following the story of character Adnan whose ex-girlfriend disappears and when her body shows up is accused of her murder. A gripping podcast that it is as thoughtful as it is entertaining.

Best Lifestyle & Health Radio Show 2015

Tim Ferriss Tim Ferriss USAWinner: Tim Ferriss

Each episode, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tricks that can be used in every day life.

Best Sport Radio Show 2015

The Football Ramble The Football Ramble United KingdomWinner: The Football Ramble

Classing itself as the "most entertaining voice in football", the Football Ramble began life in 2007 and is hosted by Marcus Speller, Luke Moore, Jim Campbell, Pete Donaldson. A hilarious and entertaining look at the beautiful game.

Best News & Politics Radio Show 2015

The Globalist (Monocle) The Globalist (Monocle) United KingdomWinner: The Globalist (Monocle)

A brilliantly insightful look into European and world news hosted by the editors, presenters, and guests of the revered Monocle 24 magazine.

Best Science & Technology Radio Show 2015

Product Hunt Product Hunt USAWinner: Product Hunt

The perfect podcast for those who are obsessed with new products and technology. Made by the company of the same name, Product Hunt invites makers, investors and those in the start up business to discuss a range of topics.

Judges

We’ve pulled together a great list of experts from the radio, music and media industries to help pick our final winners. Please note, judges will not be allowed to judge categories that they can win.

Chicago-born Jeremy Sole has been a deejay and record collector for over 15 years, currently hosts a radio show on KCRW, has a club residency called afro funké, and plays in a 9 piece live ensemble called musaics.
Founder and CEO of NTS Radio, the winner of Best Online Radio Station at last year’s Online Radio Awards, and one of the earliest members of Boiler Room, Femi is a driving force in London’s music and radio scene.
Henry Olortegui is the Artist Manager/Director of Operations at Vice Productions, and former assistant music director at Emmis Communications/Power 106.
A former radio producer with 15 years of experience at the BBC, Dina is now the events and training producer at SoundWomen, a network for women in audio.
Alison is the Music supervisor at Aperture Music and a Radio presenter at KSPC in Pomona and KChung in LA.
Rory Burbeck is a Marketing Liaison for SXSW Music and SXSWfm, their online radio channel.
Mixcloud co-founder and U.S. Director. A passionate radio fan since the age of 14, Nico started Mixcloud to help DJs and presenters around the world connect with the new generation of digital listeners.
Involved in radio since his teens, Simon Cole has worked with Piccadilly radio, PPM Radiowaves, UBC Media, and is now the CEO of 7 digital, global provider of digital music and radio services to the likes of the BBC, and SiriusXM.
A lifelong radio professional, Will jackson is the current managing director of the Radio Independent Group, and account manager at Digital Radio Platforms.
Huw Owen is the producer of BBC Essential Mix as well as a music consultant for audiosplitter.fm.

Our Partners

Do take a moment to check out our awesome partners who have helped support Online Radio Awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the questions you might have

How do you define online radio?
Radio that is made available over the Internet, typically accessible globally over multiple devices - from laptop to smartphone, IP connected radio to connected TV and beyond. For the purposes of these Awards, online radio shows and stations are those whose predominant means of distribution is via the Internet.
How do I get involved?
  • If you have a radio show or radio station, you can nominate yourself and get your fans/listeners to nominate you. We encourage you to do both!
  • If you are a listener, get involved by nominating the shows and stations you love.
  • You can nominate a music show by clicking here a talk show by clicking here or a station by clicking here.
What are the eligibility criteria to enter?
  • The focus of these awards is on independent shows and stations whose primary means of distribution is via the Internet.
  • For example if you are an independent station with a local broadcast as well as an online presence, you are eligible. However if you are a large commercial station with millions of terrestrial listeners and a supplementary online presence, you are not eligible.
  • For radio shows, if you have an independent show that is available online and syndicated to terrestrial radio stations, you are eligible. However if your show is primarily produced for terrestrial broadcast, you are not eligible.
  • Our panel of expert judges will discuss the nominations and decide the eventual winners.
How many times can I vote?You can vote for as multiple shows and stations in as many categories as you want. However do not vote for the same show or station more than once - we will be able to tell from the results and remove any spam voters.
How will it be judged?There are 2 steps that will determine the eventual winner.
  1. Public Vote: deadline at 23:59 GMT 19 July 2015
  2. Industry Panel Vote: Winner announced w/c 3 August 2015
When is the International Radio Festival?
14-30 August 2015
Where exactly?
Kaufleuten, Pelikan Platz, Zurich
Key Dates
  • Public Voting Opens: 00:01 GMT 6 July 2015
  • Public Voting Closes: 23:59 GMT 19 July 2015
  • Winner Announced: w/c 3 August 2015
  • International Radio Festival: 14 - 30 August 2015
Prize
The 11 category winners for Best Music Show, the 8 category winners for Best Talk Show and the 5 category winners for Best Station will win acknowledgement and promotion online through the awards as well as the love, admiration and respect of their peers ;) The overall winner of the 'Best Online Radio Station' will win all of the above + a trip to Zurich in August for the International Radio Festival (flights and accommodation). All the winning shows and stations will be promoted on Mixcloud and have the opportunity to be aired on the IRF radio station.
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