Radio Spotlight: Radio Cómeme

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Every week we want to bring your attention to a new radio station that we love. Today is all about the radio spin-off created by the widely respected Cómeme label, bringing you the sounds of the different cultures around the world. Send us your suggestions at social@mixcloud.com

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Some of the best talk radio shows on Mixcloud

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Want to listen to some of the finest talk radio on the Internet by some of the best voices in the business? From controversial politicos firing down the British establishment, to educational tales about bionic turtles, we have plenty of content that should quench your thirst for entertainment and learning.

Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite Mixcloud talk stations:

Harvard Business School
When one of the world’s best-reputed universities broadcasts bitesized radio, the curious and inquisitive will likely tune in. A brilliantly fascinating mix of broad topics by key thinkers, this Mixcloud station makes for easy listening. What top academics will spend months or years researching – on subjects such as “why we pretend we’re workaholics”, to understanding “how people see you” – is condensed into roughly 20 minutes shows. It’ll certainly give you something to talk about.
Guardian Science Weekly
If you like science then you’ll love the Guardian’s weekly science show with Alok Jha. It’s a station that offers expert voices on topical issues by top science writers. Want to know how wind, solar, and tidal energy compare? Or whether or not an extinct species can be brought back to life? Here you’ll get thorough answers from all sides of the debate. Shows are often between 30 minutes to 1 hour long – and you’ll at least feel a little smarter after listening.
Jon Gaunt Daily Podcast
After being fired by the BBC for calling someone a ‘Nazi’, star broadcaster Jon Gaunt, the unequivocally funny and controversial champion of free speech, got his act together after a period of obscurity and started making a daily political podcast in his spare bedroom. Seven weeks of exponential growth later and podcast downloads reaching 300k, he’s a voice you just have to listen to. You may not agree with everything he says, but he’ll certainly stir your inner debate – and isn’t that what it’s all about?
London School of Economics
LSE is one of the Uk’s top universities, and a fine public research centre. They run a Mixcloud station where they have thousands of uploads on many fascinating topics such as ‘the happiness of cities’, and plenty of other political and social subjects. It can make for great listening when you’re at work and in the mood for learning about the world in which we live.
Football Ramble
If football is your thing then there’s this unmissable weekly breakdown of the sport they call a beautiful game. They dissect the finer points of the sport’s news and provide some expert views and ramblings. It’s published every Wednesday and is a great way to keep you up to scratch with British and international football. The Guardian had some fine words for the show, saying: “Think an audio version of Baddiel and Skinner´s Fantasy Football without the irritating laddishness. A welcome antidote to the glossy, predictable and sycophantic outpourings from some of the more established sports media.”
Monocle
Hailed as a “meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair”, and aimed at a business orientated jet setting demographic, this quality magazine published 10 times yearly provides a thorough perspective on international affairs, business, culture, design, and fashion. Its radio station has been a success and its Mixcloud station “The Monocle Weekly” is no different. Hosted by Monocle’s cultural editor Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck, its weekly show features key interviews and looks at the 7 days ahead. It will quickly become a favourite.
Wired UK
Technology is one of the most rapidly changing sectors in the world, and even to half-understand the world we live in, it’s wise to keep in tune, or ‘plugged in’, to what’s happening and where we’re headed. Wired is a longstanding voice on technology and its Mixcloud station provides some great insights to topics ranging from bionic turtles to hacking in North Korea. The week in tech, culture and science news with Wired.co.uk’s Nate Lanxon, Olivia Solon, Duncan Geere and Katie Scott features interviews with the people key people in the industry.
How Stuff Works
Entertainment and education go hand in hand, and the How Stuff Works concept pretty much nails the synthesis of these two things. Its Mixcloud station hosts its insightful TechStuff show, where you can learn and enjoy hour-long shows. From explanations on what an Internet meme is, to how aircraft carriers work, you’ll find the station insightful and entertaining. When sitting at your desk all day, there are few better shows for your ears and brain.

How to run a DIY Contest on Mixcloud

Mixcloud is all about community, which is why we like to support all of our members, whether they are big time DJs or small hobby DJs. Contests are a great way for bedroom DJs to stand out amongst the crowd and kickstart their career alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry.

We have put together a little guide that will show you how to set up your very own DIY Contest.

This can be published on your own website/blog and will encourage your audience to upload their submission on Mixcloud and tag it accordingly.

More info here:

1. Getting started with a DIY Contest

It’s up to you how you run your competition, but we have put in place some simple house rules for you to draw upon in your own Terms and Conditions, keep them in line with Mixcloud’s guidelines.

2. Competition guidelines

Introduce yourselves, explain what the competition is about and let them know what you’re looking for. Here are a couple of pointers.

  • Prizes: A detail description of what the winners will win. Keep in mind that people who are likely to enter a competition are also probably going to love:
    1. Music gear
    2. Experiential prizes (DJ set, label consulting, time spent with a big artist)
  • Content: Decide and state what genre(s) you would like the entrants to mix and upload
      1. DJs upload a mix using the competition tag
      2. All entries will use the same artwork and title
      3. You are welcome to decide further restrictions on mix length, music style etc.
      4. Participants will then be asked to promote their mixes in order to obtain a certain number of Plays/ Favourites etc
      5. A promotional video can be a valuable asset in grabbing the reader’s attention, although it’s not essential
  •  Territories: The more territories the competition will be open to, the more successful it will be:
      1. More entries
      2. More social buzz
      3. More engagement
      4. More brand impressions
  • Judging: It should include basic information about the judging criteria. There are some things to consider:
      1. Age
      2. Location
      3. Number of Plays/mix
      4. Music style
      5. Originality
      6.  Technical ability
  • Terms and conditions: You have to options:
      1. Use Mixcloud’s terms
      2. Create your own T&Cs. Example here. Usually, if there is a sponsor involved, they will want to ensure the legality of the competition and create their own T&Cs. If that is the case, please liaise with them.
  • Competition Artwork: The poster should be in format 300 x 600 and should include:
      1. Competition name
      2. Partners’ logos
      3.  Prize info (optional)
      4. Clear visual hook that is an expression of your brand’s identity

Make sure you clearly outline the logistical details needed to submit an entry, provide details of:

  • Deadline
  • Length of mix
  • Title e.g. “Mixcloud DJ Competition”
  • Tag it e.g. “Mixcloud Competition” – If you fait to tag it correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Provide your own artwork -Mix artwork should the same as the poster but in 400 x 400
  • Tracklist
  • State eligible country(s)

It’s important that you create a unique tag (e.g. “Mixcloud competition”), this will enable you to easily filter the entrant’s mies when they’re submitted on the site

3. Selecting the winner(s)

Thanks to our tagging system it’s really easy to collect all entries under one page (see example here). This is why it’s really important to pick a unique tag for your competition – it will ensure that all the contestants using it are unique to your competition.

From the contestants you whittle down, it’s a good idea to either hand pick your winner(s) or have a panel of judges to decide (rather than just relying on number of plays/ favourites). It is also a good idea to keep entrants up-to-date with the competition once the deadline has passed. Send them an email thanking them for their mixes and explain when the winner(s) will be announced.

4. Promoting your competition

We’re here to help host the contest as a platform, but we cannot promote all contests that are taking place. Create a page specifically linked to your contest (on your website or through Facebook) and include all the above details regarding deadlines, prizes and other general info about your competition. To really help promote it and to achieve a wide-spread outcome make sure to push it out on all your social media!

Good luck!