UK: An online London radio station which was planned over a pint in the pub has been voted the best in the world. The station, launched by three friends only two years ago, was named the world’s best internet radio station at this year’s Online Radio Awards, set up by music streaming platform Mixcloud.
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One of the founders of Soho Radio, Finlay Morton, says to The Evening Standard:
– It came to life in a strange conversation in the pub one day. Adrian said, ‘I’d like to have my own radio station that doesn’t play all the rubbish on the air at the moment’ and we took it from there.
The station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, counts restaurant critic William Sitwell, Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer and veteran DJs Gary Crowley and Norman Jay among its presenters. It beat stations in Africa, America and the Middle East to win the award.
Presenter and music journalist Pete Paphides said:
– It’s my best-case scenario of what a radio station should be — no playlist, just a load of music fans left to their own devices. It’s the only radio station that looks like a radio station from my childhood dreams.