What's your radio show? - An evening with independent radio makers in Berlin
Berlin has a vibrant scene of independent and artist-run radio stations, that provide frameworks and platforms for musicians, DJs and other artists to produce mixes, radio shows, and sound art. To play music they care about, to share new releases by other musicians, to also to use the airspaces as experimental grounds for creative new ideas. And to also talk about politics, culture and things that matter to them.
For the past 2 pandemic years, live gigs have been quite erratic and impossible in many cases – meanwhile the radio stations have provided a stable and constant outlet for creative sound works. While most of the radio work is volunteer-run and could not compensate for income, still the radio stations have provided and continuously are providing public platforms, rooms to experiment, and spaces to share music and sound. Of course, artist-run radio stations have provided that space for decades, and new stations are starting afresh.
We want to take a moment to celebrate all the manifold sounds that have been aired or streamed, and all the creative and organizing energies that come together to make the many sound streams continuously happen, that inspire people around town and internationally.
And – we would like to discuss with people who are part of running the different stations on the panel, and hopefully also lots of radio makers in the audience, about their experiences, learnings and plans for the future of radio making. We are curious to find out about the histories, cultures and ethos of the different stations – and so also give those of you who are considering to start making radio shows some ideas of where to turn to. We want to understand a bit more about outreach and developing audiences, both as the station and for the radio DJs. About community building and the creative ecosystems around the stations, with a particular view to the context in Berlin. About sustaining the stations and the shows. About the relevance and role of radio for artists and audiences. About artists' experiences with making radio shows. And about ideas and plans for the future.
We hope for many past, current, and future radio makers to join us for this conversation at Oyoun. For musicians who are already doing radio, and for those considering it. And for those who want to learn more about the creative ecosystems around independent radio stations. For an exchange of experience about making radios as musicians, and about hosting those spaces.
We will be discussing with:
DJ Shlucht likes to do things & uses the congregational and communal at the center of what he does as artist, DJ and sometimes thinker. Shlucht is part of the Community Radioproject Cashmere Radio and also helps running westgermany, he works and lives mainly in berlin & the internet.
Cashmere Radio is a not-for-profit community experimental radio station which was originally based in Lichtenberg, Berlin for the first six years of its existence before recently moving to Wedding. The ambition of the station is to preserve and further radio and broadcasting practices by playing with the plasticity and malleability of the medium. It is both a physical station open to the public and an online radio The radio can be heard 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our website, and on Friday and Saturdays via 88,4 Berlin and 90,7 Potsdam via the 24/3 Radio Netzwerk, a collaboration between six of Berlin’s independent radio stations.
Gaby D’Annunzio - is a social activist, community organiser and mental health advocate. She works as community manager and workshop coordinator at Refuge Worldwide radio. With a Master of Arts inPsychology, she has always had a keen interest in social issues and people's well-being. She is also the co-founder of the Open Music Lab, and hosts the Agora podcast series for Give Something Back To Berlin.
Refuge Worldwide - was started as a fundraising platform working in solidarity with grassroots and non-profit organisations. In January 2021 we launched Refuge Worldwide, a new radio station to amplify the music and issues that we care about, broadcasting weekly from Weserstraße 166 in Berlin Neukölln. Refuge Worldwide commits to striving for a gender-balanced station, representative of minorities. The
station is focused on community-building and creating space/visibility for underrepresented artists. We are really excited to present a broad range of shows ranging from 100% music-focused programmes,
to some that incorporate interviews and debate, to programmes completely dedicated to discussion.
SENU is multidisciplinary creative - DJ, radio host, designer and workshop facilitator. She is one of the founding members of SLIC Unit, a DJ collective which was formed in 2020 in order to practice collective joy and radical solidarity within the music industry. She hosts a monthly radio show at Berlins community radio THF, called DRAFT Radio. With the show she is trying to create opportunities for FLNTA* DJs and selectors, in order to share the community space and make the radio experience more accessible to fellow music enthusiasts.
Linda Dowidat is part of THF radio since Summer 2020, as part of the organisation team as well as curating the show soundslike. She found her passion for collective radio work during her studies from 2012-2016. At Hochschulradio Radio Aachen, she experienced how a voluntarily, independent run project can lead to strong engagement, intrinsic learning curves and lasting friendships.
THF Radio a community radio for Tempelhof and beyond for the whole of Berlin. We offer musicians*, artists*, bands and DJ*s a chance to try out different formats. In addition, we are a platform for urban political discourse through various interview and talk formats. The radio is a department of the recently founded Torhaus Berlin e.V., and is correspondingly located in the Torhaus, the gatekeeper house inside the former airport. Launched as a pilot project in the summer of 2019, THF Radio has been in permanent operation since the beginning of 2020, with over 50 different regular shows per month and over 80 radio producers involved.
Among the further participants are reboot.fm.
The networking part after the discussion will take place in the abadän café/bar upstairs (in the same building).